Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan according to coach Elijah Asante could have up to five prospects with D-I ability. Though most of his players are sleepers the word is they won't be for long.
Jordan Running back/safety Ricky Thenarse (6-1, 180, 4.47) is already on the recruiting radar and things are just starting to heat up for him.
Thenarse earned first-team all-league honors after rushing for 1,234 yards and scored 12 rushing touchdowns. He had a long run of 75 yards while averaging 9.5 yards per carry.
Thenarse is also a threat catching the ball out of the backfield. He caught 15 passes for roughly 300-plus yards and three touchdowns through the air.
A great all-around athlete, Thenarse has D-I talent as a safety, too. He is a punishing tackler who also picked off four passes.
"On the football field Ricky has a nasty, mean streak," Jordan coach Elijah Asante said. "At the point of attack whether he's running the football or making a hit as a safety, he's coming with bad intentions."
"I know Rivals.com rates players by stars," Asante said. "Athletically, Ricky is a five-star."
Asante knows what he is talking about. He coached at the USC camp and got an up close view by coaching five-star players, Mark Sanchez and DeSean Jackson.
Thenarse has been compared in running style as a combo of former Los Angeles star Eric Dickerson and present New England Patriot star Corey Dillon.
Another thing to like about Thenarse is his competitive spirit.
"Ricky is very competitive and wants to be the best at everything he does," Asante said. "It doesn't matter if its sprints, running laps or any drill he participates in, Ricky wants to win."
Though it is early in the process Thenarse is already getting recruiting attention from UCLA, USC, Oregon and Georgia Tech. Look for more schools to get in on the action soon.
Be looking for Thenarse on video here at Rivals.com in the very near future.