The area of San Diego always has its fair share of football prospects. At one time there were more players in the NFL from San Diego than any other city. San Diego has always been a key destination for western recruiters.
One player who has seen his stock heat up is defensive end Marquez Herrod (6-3, 220, 4.65) from Escondido (Calif.) San Pasqual.
Herrod has four offers on the table from Fresno State, Boise State, Arizona and Washington State.
That Arizona and Washington State have offered is interesting indeed. Those two Pac-10 schools have faired very well with players from Southern California hamlet in the past.
Teams on the verge of offering are ASU, Oregon, Oregon State and Utah. He is also getting some recruiting interest from USC and UCLA.
Herrod was an all-league selection after racking up 57 tackles, eight tackles for loss, four sacks, four quarterback hurries, one blocked punt, one fumble recovery and one fumble caused.
Herrod is also a standout in track where he was an all-league selection running the 400-meter, 4x400, 4x100 and the 100-meter events.
The ever busy Herrod is a dedicated worker on and off the field. He currently benches 320-pounds, squats 400-pounds and cleans a very impressive 265. He has also recorded a 30-inch vertical jump.
The reason that Herrod gives for his disciplined work habits is he wants to be the best that he can be. Because of his work ethic he has developed into a great leader.
The scouting report on Herrod is he has an excellent first-step enabling him to be very quick off the ball and he reads his keys very quickly helping him make plays.
What is Herrod looking for in a school?
"The first thing I'm looking for is a good football program," Herrod said. "Location will also be key – meaning the city and atmosphere. I want to play at a school where they look after you."
"I will play anywhere I can get in and play, I will go," Herrod said. "I don't care about climate."
"I'm pretty much open," Herrod said. "My early favorites are UCLA, USC, and Arizona."
Herrod went to Arizona's camp and was a standout. He is currently going to summer school so going to other camps during that may be unlikely. He may attend Fresno State's camp later in the year
Another thing to like about Herrod is he's fully qualified with his 3.5 GPA and 1290 SAT.