Junior to Watch: B.J. Vickers
School: Venice, Calif.
Position: Wide Receiver/Defensive Back
Size and Speed: B.J. stands 6-foot-3, weighs 207 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.
Statistics: Vickers is a big play waiting to happen. B.J. caught 67 passes for over 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns as a wide receiver. Vickers also played quarterback in the first game an racked up 155 passing yards and rushed for 145 more. On the season, B.J. passed for 260 yards and rushed for 320 yards. Vickers also had over 300 kick and punt return yards as a junior. As an encore Vickers picked off five passes as a defensive back.
Honors: Vickers was an all-city and all-area selection as a junior.
Favorite Schools: Vickers let Pac10Recruiting know that he is keeping his options open regarding schools. The talented Mr. Vickers has offers from USC, Cal, Washington, ASU, Arizona, Syracuse and West Virginia. The word is Tennessee and Nebraska will soon follow suit.
The Skinny: “We will line B.J. up at wide receiver and running back to make sure he gets plenty of touches,” Venice head coach Angelo Gasca said. “We have to make sure B.J. gets at least 20 touches a game this fall. If we do we will be in good shape,” Gasca said. “He is also going to return punts and kicks. We want him to have the ball in his hands.”
Pac10Recruiting was able to spend some time with B.J. last Saturday at the Nike combine at USC. Vickers didn’t participate due to a tight hamstring. We were very impressed by his unassuming and humble nature. B.J. was a very nice young man and will be an asset to any team that signs him.
“I coached Issac Bruce (superstar WR for the St. Louis Rams) when he and I were at Santa Monica City College,” Gasca said. “B.J. is bigger now in high school than Issac was at SMCC and just as fast. Both are very humble and fluid athletes. We (Venice) have had five players in the last four years sign with Pac 10 teams and B.J compares with anyone of them.”