football

Big numbers draw early attention

Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley running back Roy Helu put up numbers last season that are already starting to draw attention from college coaches all over the nation.
The 6-foot, 205-pound Helu rushed for 1,526 yards and 19 scores as a junior. He also posted an impressive 8.2 yards a carry average and caught 30 passes for 500 yards and four scores.
"I'm versatile and explosive," Helu said. "When I get the ball in my hands, I make good things happen. I like to explode through the hole and make big plays."
With a great frame and big-play ability, Helu is already drawing attention from teams like California, Kansas State, Oregon, USC and TCU. He said USC and Kansas State are the two teams that have been sending him the most mail.
Helu, a first-team all-league selection that has been timed at 4.4-seconds in the 40-yard dash, said he has a few things in mind when it comes to picking the perfect school.
"The school's prestige is going to be important to me," he said. "I'm also going to look at the school's academics and the football tradition."
Helu plans to camp this summer at USC.
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