Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice has consistently sent its best players to the D-I level and this year is no different. This year there is another player who has five offers on the table and appears to be headed to a D-I school in cornerback/running back JR McConico (5-10, 175, 4.5).
"JR is a big time cover corner," Venice coach Angelo Gasca said. "He has covered our opposition's best receiver for the last two years.
"It didn't matter who we played Dorsey, Taft, Oaks Christian and all of those schools had good receivers, we would have JR match up against their best receiver," Gasca said. "He did a great job for us. Heck, he had eight picks."
"JR is a lockdown cover corner, but he's also pretty physical and is good against the run," Gasca said. "His nickname is 'Hit Man' because he can pack a punch."
"The thing that really stands out about JR other than the obvious athletic skill is his competitiveness," Gasca said. "He loves to compete and doesn't back from a challenge. That is one of the things that (UCLA defensive coordinator) DeWayne Walker likes about him."
"I think that JR is one of the best corners in the state," Gasca said. "He is in the same mold of all the good ones we have had and have corners starting on the D-I level right now.
"JR is a good leader, has outstanding character and just a great kid," Gasca said. "JR is also playing running back for us this season and he's doing a pretty good job, but he is being recruited as a cornerback."
According to Gasca, McConico worked on his skills at the Washington camp this past summer and was so impressive that he earned a scholarship offer. He also has offers on the table from San Diego State, UNLV, San Jose State and SMU.
McConico also has D-I bloodlines, his brother played for Nevada.
There was an earlier question about his academic situation, but he has worked hard on that aspect and is now looking like he will make the grade.
Definitely one to keep an eye this fall.