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Rising DB prospect has two offers

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Two-way standout Steven Bethley (5-11, 203, 4.6) from Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo plays both running back and safety. He is mostly being recruited as a safety. Some schools are looking at him as a linebacker and others as an athlete. He has two offers on the table.
One written offer from San Diego State and one verbal from Colorado State.
"It made me feel great getting an offer from San Diego State," Bethley said. "They were the first school that offered me and there is something about that first school that offers that they feel you have the potential to be a great football player at the next level.
"I just thank God that first offer came and I am just weighing things out," Bethley said. "I know more are going to come sooner or later, but San Diego State will always be one of the top choices just because they offered first."
"Colorado State told my coach, when he came by our school see about George (Uko) and I," Bethley said. "My coach told me that the Colorado State coach told him right off the bat that they could offer me and big George and that felt great because that was number two.
"But I'm kind of not counting that one because it isn't on paper yet, but their coach told me they are going to be busy sending out offer letters. So when I have the written letter, that's when it will be an official offer.
Outside of Bethley's two offers, he is getting recruiting attention from Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Fresno State, Idaho, Nebraska and recently UCLA.
Oregon, Washington, and Washington State like him as a safety. Oregon State and Colorado State are looking at him as an outside linebacker.
What is Bethley looking for in a college?
"First and foremost, academics," Bethley said. "I want to attend a school that has good academics with a high graduation rate for their student-athletes. Secondly, a good atmosphere around the school away from sports and a school that has a good team where I like the coaches and somewhere that will be a the best fit for me."
Bethley was busy on the camp circuit attending the UCLA one day, Oregon half-day camp for the coaches and the USC Rising Stars camp.
"I liked UCLA's camp a lot," Bethley said. "I went late because I had my SAT that day, George Uko and I, so the coaches did a little workout with us and they liked me and they are starting to recruit me now.
"So I guess I did pretty good," Bethley said. "They told me they are going to do an early evaluation on me during the season.
"Oregon likes me, too," Bethley said. "They told me just to stay patient and they are going to be looking at me really hard, too.
"The Rising Stars camp was pretty good," Bethley said. "I wasn't really getting recruited by USC, but I still wanted to go and compete and have fun so I went.
"I didn't really know what will go on with USC, but Brennan Carroll comes by our school and stuff and we have talked," Bethley said. "They're not recruiting me very hard, but I went to their camp to have fun and compete."
The scouting report on Bethley is no matter the score or time left on the clock, he's always giving 110 percent on every play. He plays hard down after down until the last whistle. He's a hard worker on and off the field. He's also great practice player who volunteers to play on the scout team to help make his team better. He has a non-stop motor who is always going full speed.
Bethley earned first-team all-league and third-team all-area as a safety after racking up 96 tackles and five interceptions, one which he returned to the house for a touchdown.
As a running back, Bethley rushed for 1,200 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.
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