Let's get one thing straight; it is not easy to pull a kid out of his own backyard. Especially if the kid is playing in USC's backyard and his parents are both alum's. That is the situation for schools who have offered defensive end/defensive tackle Tonio Celotto (6-4, 240, 4.7), from Simi Valley (Calif.) Royal.
Two school have already have thrown their hats in the ring with offers for the services of Celotto.
"I'm getting letters lately from Washington, Oregon, Ole Miss, UCLA, Oregon State, Utah, and LSU," Celotto said. "Those are the main ones right now and I have offers from Ole Miss and Oregon.
"It was weird with Oregon because they never sent me anything," Celotto said. "And then they just offered me. My coach said they didn't send them film or anything so…I don't know the whole story.
"Coach Steve Greatwood is recruiting me but I haven't talked with him," Celotto said. "I have the written offer and they are recruiting me as a defensive end."
"I was definitely surprised with the Oregon offer but not by Ole Miss," Celotto said. "Ryan Nielsen, the defensive line coach at Ole Miss, is from Royal so he knows a lot about our players before a lot of people."
"USC sent me a letter and invited me up for their junior day on April 2nd," Celotto said. "If they offered I would most likely take it."
"I want to commit before my senior year," Celotto said. "Oregon is my top right now but hopefully USC comes through."
"I like the way Oregon is recruiting me," Celotto said. "The coaching staff is a great group of people and I actually used to live next to the Oregon border. I did a little research and it looks like they have nice facilities. I'm going there in a couple weeks, with my dad, on April 11 to check it out."
Celotto made it clear that he will not commit on his trip to Oregon because he wants to go to the USC NIKE Camp and display his talents.
Splitting time at defensive end/defensive tackle Celotto totaled 75 tackles, 14 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles on the year. He was selected to the all-league, all-county, and all-state teams.