Ka'Deem Carey is one of the best running backs on the West Coast and he posted huge numbers in his junior season at Oro Valley (Ariz.) Canyon Del Oro. Now one of the nation's top programs - Southern Cal - is apparently starting to show more interest.
That's big news for Carey, who has Arizona and Arizona State as two of his favorites but said he is strongly considering a trip to USC this summer for a camp.
"USC is starting to show more interest in me and they're talking to me now and want me to get down to some camps this summer so they can check me out in person," Carey said.
"To have USC looking at you makes you feel like you're on the right page. When they're looking at me and they might give me a chance it makes me feel like I'm going in the right direction so I'm going to keep talking to them and see what happens with that this summer."
Carey, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound recruit, finished with 2,738 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns on 224 carries last season. He had a 96-yard run as well and also threw a touchdown pass. Rivals.com includes him on its top 250 watch list for 2011.
Some believe Carey will stay close to home for college which gives the Wildcats and Sun Devils a distinct advantage and Carey has said in the past he really likes what coach Mike Stoops has accomplished at Arizona. Both programs are recruiting him heavily and are still in serious contention to land him.
"Arizona State came down to school and I've been talking to them," Carey said. "They want me to get down there to look at their facilities and weight room and all that stuff. I'm also building a relationship with the coaches up there too and that's really important.
"Arizona is always there. Just staying home is an option and I love the coaching up there. I have a good relationship with them and I can see myself living up there. That's really key."
Oregon State has also increased its interest recently and Carey is definitely paying attention to the Beavers especially since running back Jacquizz Rodgers has had so much success in Corvallis. A coach from Oregon State stopped by Canyon Del Oro this spring, Carey said, so it is also under consideration.
"I wouldn't mind learning some skills from him," Carey said of Rodgers. "They've done really well with their running backs so I'm looking at them, too."