We just profiled a couple of players from Oakland (Calif.) McClymond's last week. Since then, the scholarship offers have been rolling in for a trio of Warrior standouts.
At this early point, tight end NaDerris Ward looks like the top prospect on the team and one of the elite players at his position in the West region. Cal was the first school to offer followed by Arizona and Nebraska.
"Georgia just offered him yesterday," Warrior coach Alonzo Carter said. "I think now, they'll be coming in every week. NaDerris is the type of player that all you need to see is a few plays on his highlite film before you're ready to offer."
Ward, 6-5, 245 pounds currently list his top schools as Georgia, UCLA, Michigan, Kansas State and Arizona.
Also seeing his stock rise in recent weeks is linebacker Joshua Tatum who transferred to McClymond's from St. Mary's, Berkeley. Tatum, 6-2, 220 pounds looked great at the NorCal Nike camp last summer clocking a 4.66 in the 40, jumping 34 inches in the vertical and did 21 reps on the bench.
"Cal offered Josh and I just talked to Coach (Karl) Dorrell at UCLA and he's going to offer him on Thursday," Carter said. "Josh is a great player. He has size, he can run and he's a very physical player."
As a junior, Tatum finished the year with 135 tackles, 10 sacks, eight forced fumbles and five interceptions. He also rushed for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns but is getting looks strictly as a linebacker. Tatum list USC as his top school followed by Cal, Miami, Oklahoma, Oregon, Arizona State and UCLA.
Lastly, defensive tackle Derrick Hill, 6-2, 260 pounds just received an offer from Arizona in the last week bring his total to three. Cal and Nebraska offered Hill early in the process.
Derrick is a lot like NaDerris, once a school sees his film, they're ready to offer," Carter said. "He'll have a ton of offers by the time the summer is here. He's very quick, has great strength and is a classic three technique player with a ton of upside."
Hill currently lists Cal as his top school followed by UCLA, Oregon, USC and Washington. All three players will attend the Nike Camp at Stanford in May along with Cal's summer camp. In addition, Tatum said he'll attend camps at USC and Miami and Ward will attend camps at Georgia and UCLA.