One position that is always of dire need for D-I colleges is at defensive tackle. There is a sleeper emerging from San Diego County who is beginning to open up some eyes in Anthony Larceval (6-1, 270, 5.1) from La Mesa (Calif.) Helix.
One of the reasons that Larceval is considered a sleeper is he played as a 6-foot-0, 250-pound linebacker as a junior who earned all conference.
"Anthony was even a recruit from his linebacker position," Helix coach Troy Starr said. "I know he is a D-I defensive tackle."
When Starr goes out on the limb about a player, he has an excellent track record for being right. He said the same thing about Oregon commit Anthony Anderson and Washington State true sophomore wide receiver Jeshua Anderson.
"Anthony is very athletic for a big man ,in the off season put on 20 lbs of muscle and moved to nose guard," Starr said. "He has an excellent skill set for nose guard ,he is a wide base knee bender who has excellent leverage. He is new to the position and with his burning desire to succeed has a lot of upside.
"Anthony has excellent speed, quickness and can get off blocks," Starr said. "I think with good technique he could end up running the 40 in about 4.9.
"I see him entering college at 280 pounds and he could carry 300 easy," Starr said. "He loves the weight room and is a football rat plus he has zero off the field maintenance issues.
"Anthony dominated his first game versus Rancho Buena Vista who has one of the top offensive lines in San Diego County," Starr said. "What is really impressive about Anthony's performance against RBV is they returned four offensive line starters from a playoff team."
Larceval was dominating. He accounted for nine solo tackles, three tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one sack.
According to Starr; Idaho, Nevada, Arizona and Washington State are showing recruiting interest in Larceval.