Four-star, two-way standout Erick Dargan (6-1, 200, 4.67) from Pittsburg, Calif., is one of NoCal's most sought after prospects. He is being looked at for skills on both sides of the ball, where he excels at both running back and safety.
"I don't know the exact number of schools that are interested in Erick, but there are a bunch of them," Pittsburg head coach Victor Galli said. "I think he has 10 offers, maybe up to 12.
"Right now I would say he likes UCLA, Oregon, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State and Cal, but the Bears haven't offered yet," Galli said. "I wouldn't say Erick is waiting for an offer from Cal, but I think it would be in their best interest to offer him."
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Galli is not surprised by all the interest in Dargan as he has consistently sent his best players to the D-I level. He comments on why Dargan is getting such interest.
"Erick is so athletic and he plays with an edge," Dargan said. "He's a very smart football player. He can shake and bake when running the ball, he may have the best hands on the team. He runs with power and like I said he has moves.
"Defensively, Erick is one of our best hitters," Galli said. "He's always around the football and he makes plays on both sides of the ball."
Is there a preference for what position that Dargan will play on the D-I level?
"Erick doesn't, but I think a little more than half of the schools are recruiting him as a safety," Galli said. "Because he is such a big hitter and he has a great nose for the football.
"At the same time, I have had colleges coming in here looking at him as a running back, too," Galli said. "He has good speed, he's not a burner, but he is very productive. The thing is he is very, very productive. He can run, he can pass, he can block and he can catch.
"Erick reminds me a lot of Marcus Allen," Galli said. "Marcus wasn't really fast, but he was a great goal line runner, he was great in open field, and he's a slasher.
"I think he can do both," Galli said. "I'm going to say, he doesn't have a preference, but everybody wants to get their hands on the football.
"Erick is a special player," Galli said. "I like him at both, but if I was recruiting him, I would probably recruit him as a running back, but that's me. I know that a lot of colleges like him as a defensive back."
As a junior, Dargan rushed for 769 yards and scored 11 touchdowns while sharing the rock with West Point bound Bryce Flowers who rushed for over 1,000 yards. He also caught seven catches for 61 yards and three touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, Dargan racked up 72 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one sack.
Dargan earned all-league honors for his efforts his junior season.
Dargan earned a spot on the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 for the class of 2010 landing as the Golden State's No. 36 prospect at any position.