July 12, 2005

Free: Who's got game - Part II

While Rolling Hills Estates (Calif.) Palos Verdes Peninsula was mysteriously absent from the event, archrival Rolling Hills Estates (Calif.) Palos Verdes attracted attention in bringing two behemoth prospects in 6-foot-5, 285-pound lineman Jimmie Carmack, and 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman Chris Aaron.

Carmack, a defensive tackle/offensive guard who was listed as a "Junior to Watch" by BruinBlitz.com last December, benches 365, power cleans 275, squats 500, and runs a 5.4 in the 40.

Carmack has seen his recruitment take off like dry shrubbery in forest fire. He told us he has heard repeatedly from over 25 D-I schools, including all of the Pac-10, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Colorado and San Diego State. He visited Wisconsin but couldn't envision himself there, realizing he wanted to stay closer to home.

While Cal, Oregon and ASU lead for his services, Carmack told us that if UCLA had any more room for a big man, he'd have them up in front of his short list, as well. He is just shy of a 3.0 and passed his ACT.

Aaron, meanwhile, told us he is headed out of town, with Northwestern, Mizzou and Army leading his choices, despite the entire Ivy League hotly pursuing him.

Small wonder for Aaron is sporting a 4.2 GPA, with 1710 SAT, and 25 ACT scores. He power cleans 230, squats 420 runs a 5.6 in the 40.

Always known for their well-disciplined offensive and defensive lines, Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa took the linemen strength and agility competition as well as the seven-on-seven passing competition.

David DeCordova is a 6-foot-1, 240-pound defensive tackle/offensive guard who is being recruited by the likes of Fresno State, Oregon, Washington State, and UNLV. He benches 285, squats 405, and runs a 5.2:40. Carrying a 2.8 GPA, DeCordova plans to take his SAT and ACT tests come September.

Undoubtedly the tallest defensive tackle in all the South Bay if not Southern California, is Mira Costa's 6-foot-8, 290-pound Keith Tate, who despite his height has only played football for a short time.

Mira Costa Coach Don Morrow, whose teams are disciplined in the weight room as well as on the field, is encouraging Tate to add muscle to his lanky frame, so whether Tate remains at defensive tackle or evolves into a tight end or offensive tackle remains to be seen.

Mira Costa athlete prospect Bruce Robinson was slightly injured and did not compete, yet has said that Oregon, UNLV and Washington now lead for his services.

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