One of the biggest surprises at the recent B2G Elite Camp was Denzel Talifero, a 2013 linebacker from Pasadena (Calif.) Muir who showed off great speed, great instincts and great potential to be one of the top prospects in Southern California next recruiting cycle.
SMU has already offered the 6-foot, 210-pound prospect and Talifero said while it's still early in his recruitment that the Mustangs definitely interest him because assistant coach Adrian Klemm has been involved so much.
"I like coach Klemm a lot but it's still really too early," Talifero said. "I have to take my visits next year and see what's up.
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"I didn't think (Klemm) was recruiting as much as he was out here but they said they aren't recruiting a lot of (2013) guys nationally right now so I feel like it was a big step for me to be recruited as a sophomore so it was cool."
In his sophomore season, Talifero finished with 73 tackles and two sacks and he showed through three days at the B2G Camp that he has the elite speed to play at the highest level. He said Georgia, Penn, Colgate and others have been showing interest as well.
Since Talifero grew up in the Midwest, one of his favorites is Ohio State and he's hoping to land an offer from the Buckeyes.
The Pasadena recruit said it was disappointing that coach Jim Tressel resigned amid controversy but that Ohio State is still one of his favorites. If the Buckeyes start recruiting him they might be tough to turn down.
"I want Ohio State," Talifero said.
"I grew up in Kansas City so it wasn't too far away. I love their intensity, I always wanted to play there and that's still a place I'd like to go."