The recruitment of Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan running back/safety Ricky Thenarse (6-1, 175, 4.47) is really beginning to heat up. Earlier in the month he received his first offer from Nebraska. Since the NIKE Camp held in Palo Alto on Saturday (May 21) he has picked up three more.
The Cornhuskers were ahead of the recruiting curve when they served up their offer but now they have company for the services of the talented two-way standout from Jordan.
Colorado, Oregon and Washington State have all told Jordon coach Elijah Asante that they are offering Thenarse.
The Buffaloes of Colorado may have the edge in the early going because the Buffs have also served up an offer to Thenarse's best friend and Jordon teammate Rashad Newsome (6-1, 235, 4.7).
USC is becoming a player and have recently picked up their interest in Thenarse. Pete Carroll has been on campus and the word on the street is the Trojans could be soon offering.
UCLA recruiting coordinator Eric Bieniemy has also been to the Jordan campus checking out Thenarse and his other talented teammates.
Jordon high school is a definite destination for D-I coaches.
"All of the schools that are recruiting Ricky love his tenacity and nasty disposition on the football field," Jordon coach Elijah Asante said. "He's a fierce competitor."
"Ricky wants to win on every repetition," Asante said. "He's competitive in everything he does whether it is football, conditioning, drills or weight lifting."
"Ricky's work ethic is second to none," Asante said. "He's our best player and he's our hardest worker."
Hard work indeed. Thenarse has improved on every weight lifting statistic and will just getting better. He hasn't even come close to reaching his maximum potential - add that to the fact that Thenarse is only sixteen and it is easily understood why he is getting heavily recruited.
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.