Bakersfield (Calif.) West athlete/running back Ryan Mathews was one of many talented players to participate in the recent NIKE Training Camp at Stanford, and he felt like he had a good day, despite a few slip ups in the 40-yard dash and the shuttle.
"I think I did really well at the Stanford camp," he said. "I went early in the morning and the grass was wet so I kept slipping on my 40-time and my shuttle time, so I did pretty badly with that. But other than that I feel I did as well as I could."
Mathews is already a well known name to college recruiters. He earned first-team all-area as a linebacker and a running back in 2005. He had 1,104 yards rushing and 20 scores and 98 tackles and 16 sacks as a junior. Those types of numbers earned him an early scholarship offer from Arizona State.
"ASU probably is (the leader) because I have a friend who goes there and it seems like a good team to go to," he said. "I don't know much about it yet, but I'm going up there for a one day camp in June. I'm going to keep everything open for a while, though. I just don't want to be jumping on an offer and then have something else comes up.
"I've heard from a few schools – Arizona State, San Diego State, Colorado, and Washington. Arizona State is the only school to offer me so far. They saw my films and loved the way I ran so I guess they liked me enough to offer me."
But the Devils likely won't be the last to extend an offer.
"I think Colorado is going to offer me soon. They've called me and they say they really like me. I'm pretty sure San Diego State will offer me and I think Nevada is close, too."
"I wanted to go to the east coast to get out of California so my coach sent some to Miami and Michigan. Michigan has sent a couple things and started to show a little bit of interest. I'm hoping I'll hear from Miami, too."
He plans to camp this summer at Fresno State and at Colorado.
When it comes time to make a pick, he's already figured out some important factors in his decision.
"I want to start as a true freshman," he said. "If I can start it would be better than anything else. As long as the coaches are cool, and I play as a true freshman I think it would be perfect."