We were in attendance this past Friday when Long Beach Poly (Calif.) hosted L.A. City section power Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham. One player we were hoping to see was Jackrabbit wide out Bryshon Nellum but the talented athlete had to sit out the team's first two games due to a CIF rule.
Nellum, 6-0, 175 pounds is expected to be one of the Jackrabbits big playmakers this year. He played behind two big time Div I receivers a year ago in Terrence Austin (UCLA) and Travon Patterson (USC) and big things are expected this year.
"I'll be playing next week for sure," Nellum said. "I missed a ton of practice time because I was in China for the World Junior Championships. I ran on the 4X400m relay team and we won a gold medal, it was a great experience for me. I was the youngest guy on the team but I just had a great time with everything.
"The only negative was being gone so much, I wasn't able to practice with the team. You need to have 10 practices under your belt to be eligible to play in a game and I haven't had that yet. I will this week though and I'm looking forward to getting out on the field next weekend."
Nellum won state titles in the 200m and the 400m last year and is arguably the nation's top recruit in track. He's also getting a lot of looks in football and said he plans to double sport in college.
"Just about every school I've talked with has said I could play both sports for them," Nellum said. "USC and UCLA both talked to me about that and schools like Arizona, Cal, Oregon, a lot of others have said the same. Right now, I just want to get on the field and I'm not really thinking too much about recruiting. That will all take care of itself."