This appears to be a much stronger year in Northern CA than it was a year ago. Two prospects to keep your eye on that are already drawing national attention and Pac 10 offers are DelaShaun Dean and Jamar Robinson from Fairfield (Calif.).
Dean, 6-3, 190 pounds is a tremendous athlete on both sides of the ball. As a junior, he caught 34 balls for 560 yards and seven touchdowns. He added five picks on defense and returned three kickoffs for scores.
"Man, DelaShaun is a great athlete," Fairfield coach Eric Barber said. "Some schools like him as a big corner, others as a receiver. I really couldn't tell you what side of the ball he's better on, he makes plays on both sides. I would probably play him at receiver but he can definitely play corner in college just as good."
Dean attended the recent Junior Day at USC and according to Coach Barber, loved his time in Los Angeles.
"He and Jamar went down for that and both loved it," Barber said. "USC is very high on his list and he's going back to Los Angeles this weekend for UCLA's one day camp. UCLA just offered DelaShaun along with Colorado and Wyoming. Tennessee called me today to say they're probably going to offer tomorrow.They're going to call me in the morning and let me know.
"Basically, every school that has seen the tape has said they plan to offer at some point, it's just a matter of when. Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal. The whole Pac 10 except for Stanford is recruiting him hard right now."
Robinson is a 6-3, 230 pound linebacker who had 106 tackles as a junior. He also plays basketball and runs track.
"Jamar is a big, physical player who can run," Barber said. "He was at SC's Junior Day and will be attending the UCLA camp along with DelaShaun. Arizona State, Wyoming and Colorado are the schools that have offered Jamarr and USC told us he's very high on their board. Oregon is very close to offering and Cal said they're close as well.
"Both of these kids are outstanding football players. I've never had two like them before on one team. Like I said, everyone who sees their film just falls in love with them and tells me they want to offer them at some point, it's just a matter of their grades and transcripts checking out."
In addition to the upcoming UCLA camp, both players will likely camp with Cal and also attend the NorCal Nike Camp in late May.