One player we got a good close up look at this past summer was Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair athlete Alterraun Verner. Verner caught passes every day during the EA SPORTS Elite 11 workout and showed he should be considered among the top receivers in the state.
Verner, 5-10, 165 pounds isn't a burner but does have good speed and great hands. He was making one handed acrobatic catches all week during the Elite 11 and had several of the quarterbacks jokingly asking if he would transfer to their school.
As a junior, Verner earned all-CIF honors on both sides of the ball after catching 32 balls for 705 yards and 11 touchdowns. He added 56 tackles and two picks on defense and is getting looks at both receiver and cornerback right now.
"Of the schools that have offered me, about half like me for receiver and the other half like me for defense," Verner said. "Oregon and Wyoming have offered me as a receiver and Boise State and Boston College have offered as a defensive back. UC Davis has also offered me but they haven't said where they want me to play, they like me as an athlete.
"Honestly, I really don't have a preference between receiver or corner. I like them equally and all I want is a chance to play. Whatever gets me on the field the fastest is where I want to play."
In addition to the schools that have offered, the No. 100 ranked prospect in California, has also received calls from UCLA, Stanford, Washington State, Vanderbilt and several Ivy league schools.
"Oregon and Boise State are my co-leaders right now," Verner said. "I haven't set up any of my trips yet but I definitely want to visit those two before I make a decision. Right now I'm just really focusing on our season so I don't plan on taking any trips until after the season is over."