Keep an eye on running back Deleon Eskridge (6-0, 185, 4.58) from San Mateo (Calif.) Serra. He is just beginning to hit stride giving D-I schools another reason to visit the Serra campus for someone other than Cal commit J.P. Hurrell.
Eskridge was League Offensive back of the year as well as a first-team all-league selection after rushing for 1,641 yards and 27 touchdowns while averaging 10.4 yards per carry. He also was a very productive receiver out of the backfield hauling in eight receptions for 149 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 18.6 yards per catch.
There are no offers on the table yet for Eskridge but almost every Pac 10 school has been by the school already.
Mountain West schools BYU and Utah have already been on the campus while UNLV is scheduled to come by this coming Friday.
Idaho from the WAC is another school that has been on campus showing interest.
There is good reason to believe in the future, Eskridge will possess multiple offers. Serra coach Patrick Walsh thinks his back has the right stuff for success on the D-I level.
"Deleon has great vision, patience and a great burst through the hole," Walsh said. "There aren't many backs who are almost 6-feet tall with good speed. He's working on getting even faster.
"In addition to running back, we will play Deleon on defense as a safety or a corner," Walsh said. "Colleges are looking for guys with his size to play in the defensive backfield and if he is successful that will enhance his recruitment."
"Deleon has an excellent work ethic," Walsh said. "At the end of winter, when he was out of shape, he ran the 100 in 11.6. He has improved that time to 11.02 and by the time he leaves here he'll be running a 10.8."
"Deleon's idol is Walter Payton and he is trying to emulate his work ethic on and off the field," Walsh said. "Hopefully for us he will."