Fountain Valley, Calif., all-purpose back Kyle Middlebrooks is fast.
The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder has been timed as fast as 10.48 seconds in the 100-meters this track season. And he's expected to help his team capture a league track championship in a meet later today.
"Tracks helps you with football definitely," Middlebrooks said. "It keeps you light on your feet, and then you can barrel right into football season when you're done with track. On the football field, I'm quick, fast, and I have a lot of cuts
"I think I'm definitely an all-purpose back. I love the returns, too. It's your chance to shine. You're one-on-one with the defenders, or sometimes one on 11, and it's up to you to make the plays."
While Middlebrooks, who rushed for 1,500 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior, is fast on the track and football field, he's not in a rush to make a decision with recruiting.
Most of the attention has been coming from San Diego State, Washington, Washington State and Arizona. He's gotten early scholarship offers from SDSU and San Jose State.
"I know more about San Diego State," Middlebrooks said. "They come around more often, and they send me a lot of letters. I met two of their coaches, and I've been talking a lot to Mark Smith. They're telling me 'we need you to be part of this program and you can come help us build this program.'
"That's kind of exciting to hear that from a school."
Other schools, especially the Pac 10 programs, are still very interested in Middlebrooks. He knows he might have to be patient to get one of those coveted offers.
"I've talked to Pac 10 schools like Washington, Washington State, Arizona and a couple of others," he said. "They're just waiting and want to evaluate me a little more on tape. They're going to wait a little bit. I don't mind waiting. If it comes, it comes."