Another player who is seeing his stock rise after having a stellar senior season is Los Alamitos, Calif., linebacker John Hale (6-3, 225, 4.7). Hale will begin taking visits this weekend.
The first school on the agenda for Hale will be Boise State this coming weekend (Jan. 7th) and that visit will be followed by one to Fresno State (Jan. 21st).
Though Boise State hasn't offered Hale yet, the prevailing wisdom the Broncos will once he steps on campus this weekend. The Bulldogs of Fresno State have tendered an offer to Hale.
UCLA called to set up a visit with Hale but the Bruins haven't been able to pin down a date as of yet.
"It will probably come down to Boise State, Fresno State or UCLA," Hale said. "But I'm keeping my options open until I see the cities and meet the coaches and the players."
Oregon and UNLV are beginning to show interest and those two schools could very easily get in the picture.
The Ducks have had outstanding luck in the past with underrated players from Los Al.
The son of new UNLV coach Mike Sanford played quarterback at Los Al so there is definitely a connection there.
Hale really came on as a senior as he led his team in tackles with 125. He also accounted for seven sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Hale was so impressive as a senior that he was selected his league's Defensive Player of the Year. He also earned first-team all-CIF and first-team all-league in 2005 from his linebacker position.