Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian high school has been a popular spring destination for many D-I colleges. One player who started the season as a sleeper and is now a major prospect is defensive end/offensive guard Michael Ebbitt (6-5, 245, 4.7).
Ebbitt's first offer came last January with Tennessee. In quick succession Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Utah and Virginia quickly offered scholies.
Since the spring evaluation Ebbitt has also received offers from Miami, Northwestern, San Diego State, Boise State, Fresno State and most recently Texas A&M.
"Texas A&M is now number one on my list and Miami is number two," Ebbitt said. "I just went down to visit Texas A&M and like it a lot. Also a lot of my family lives in Texas."
"I hope to visit Miami this summer," Ebbitt said. "I like the prestige of getting an offer from Miami."
"I hope to have my decision done before the season starts," Ebbitt said. "But things change everyday around here."
"I will definitely take an official visit to the school I choose if I make my decision before the season," Ebbitt said. "If I don't make my decision before the season, I will most likely narrow things down to two or three schools and take official visits to those schools."
Ebbitt's best days on the gridiron are definitely ahead of him.
"Michael has great athleticism for his size and he's very versatile," Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell said. "He's just beginning to learn how to play the game."
"I think his first year playing football was his sophomore year," Redell said. "Our starting guard was hurt so we moved him from tight end. He had to ask the guy next to him what to do. Michael has been doing a great job for us ever since on both sides of the football."
In nine games as a junior, Ebbitt racked up 36 tackles, four sacks and one fumble recovery. His performance saw him be selected all-CIF as a junior.
Ebbitt gets the job done in the weight room and currently benches 330-pounds and squats 425.