One of the three best players we saw at the NorCal Nike Camp last May was Oakland Tech (Calif.) running back Marshawn Lynch. The talented runner has his choice of just about any school on the West Coast but this one looks like it will be a two team race.
Lynch, 5-11, 200 pounds could be the best back in the West region. He has a nice combination of size, speed and power and lit up the Nike camp at Stanford. Lynch clocked a 4.40 in the 40, 4.19 in the shuttle, jumped 34 inches in the vertical and did 19 reps on the bench. He showed a nice burst in the one on one drills and caught the ball very well coming out of the backfield.
Lynch has visited Oregon and Washington State and had a recent visit to UCLA canceled for academic reasons. It's been well documented that Lynch and his talented teammate Virdell Larkins, also his cousin, will be a package deal and plan to sign with the same college.
"We both have Oregon and Cal leading right now," Lynch said. "There's a chance we could set up another visit or two but we haven't done it yet. We could still visit UCLA and we're also looking at a few other schools. We won't visit Cal because it's so close but we've been there several times and feel very comfortable there. It was the same way at Oregon, that was a great trip and they need running backs there. It's definitely going to be a tough call for us but I'm glad I have someone else helping me with it."