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Four-star has open mind

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Four-star running back Shane Vereen (5-10, 180, 4.5) from Valencia, Calif., is so versatile that he is getting just as many looks for his cornerback skills as he is as a running back.
Vereen has picked up offers by the likes of UCLA, USC, Cal, Stanford, Oregon, Washington, Arizona State, Colorado, Nebraska and Duke.
"I don't have a list of favorites," Vereen said. "I'm even undecided if I will attend any camps.
"I have already taken a lot of taken a lot of unofficial visits to most schools in the West. I have been to UCLA, USC, Stanford, Cal and Oregon."
"Whether I play local or not depends how it all plays out," Vereen said. "I would like to play close to home so my parents can see me play, but if the school I fit in best is out of state, then I will go away for school."
"I'm looking for a college where I feel comfortable and fit in," Vereen said. "I'm also searching for a place where I can succeed both athletically and academically, especially academically."
"I'm not sure when I will decide on official visits," Vereen said. "It's a long process and I'm kind doing that right now."
There has been a lot of talk about what side of the ball Vereen wants to play on but according to him he's open on that topic, too.
"Right now I have no preference for what side of the ball I'll end up playing on," Vereen said. "I love playing both sides of the football."
On the offensive side of the ball, Vereen rushed for 1,638 yards and scored 28 rushing touchdowns. He was just as dangerous as a receiver hauling in 52 receptions for 898 receiving yards and seven more scores.
As a cornerback, Vereen racked up 43 tackles, three picks and one sack. He also returned punts and kicks as a junior.
Vereen earned Co-League Back of the Year with his teammate and Ole Miss bound quarterback Michael Herrick. He was also selected all-CIF for his 2005 performance.
In an earlier interview with Valencia coach Larry Muir, he had the following to say about his talented player.
"Shane is a great kid," Muir said. "There isn't a student or a teacher on campus that has anything but great things to say about him.
"On the offensive side of the ball, Shane is very explosive and he catches the ball extremely well out of the backfield. He has power as a runner, but he also possesses breakaway speed.
"Defensively, Shane is a terrific corner. He will only get better as he works on his cornerback skills."
Vareen is a member of the Rivals.com Rivals250 team for the class of 2007 landing as the nation's No. 156 prospect at any position.
Rivals.com rate's Vareen as the nation's No. 2 all-purpose back for the class 2007.
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