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Defensive lineman Ego Ferguson Jr. of Hargrave (Va.) Prep may visit $C on Jan. 15, according to his father. Ego Ferguson Sr. has been in regular contact with Gamecock recruiter Jay Graham and said he and his son are planning to come in for the Gamecocks’ big recruiting weekend, either on an official or unofficial visit. Ferguson has taken official visits to LSU, Notre Dame and Cal. He will go to Oklahoma on Jan. 22, and his fifth official visit is going to be fUCLA unless he switches to $C. Ferguson has cut Maryland from his list, which includes North Carolina, Miami and Florida State.
Anthony Jefferson (HT chowder)
Oregon, Cal, and UCLA. Has yet to visit UCLA, and favours Oregon thusfar. Those facts lead me to believe he won’t be a bear."I’m going to UCLA [Jan. 15]," Jefferson said. "That will be my last visit and I should be ready to make my decision after that visit. Oregon and Cal were great trips and these are now the only three schools I’m looking at.
"Oregon and Cal have already come in for home visits and coach [Rick] Neuheisal and coach [Carnell] Lake will be coming over Tuesday night. Right now, I would say Oregon stands out most to me and I really like them a lot but I’m going in to this last visit open-minded and looking forward to making my decision at the end of the month."
Toney Hurd Jr (Texas A&M)
announced at the Under Armour game
Ricky Seale (solarise)
Four-star running back Ricky Seale has been taking his time deciding between ‘Furd and Cal. But a recent development has the Bears in the backseat, with an unlikely school emerging as a front-runner. Escondido’s Seale says he has moved SDSU ahead of Cal, and that he will pick between ’Furd and the Aztecs.
Trajuan Briggs might be the lone RB in the 2010.
Owa Odighizuwa, DE (Portland, OR) (solarise)
ESPN On the trail is showing that that Oregon, Oregon State, $C, and fUCLA are his top four choices.
MoragaBear from BearInsider reports that top 4 for Owa could change.
Davon Dunn, WR
Todd Kaufmann / Bleacherreport.com is reporting that Davon Dunn has verbally committed to Fresno State. No confirmation yet.
Murphy making name for himself
Athlete Ryan Murphy (Oakland, Calif./Oakland Tech) was a relative unknown prior to an explosive showing at the Nike combine in Oakland last May. Murphy clocked a 4.42 40 time, jumped 35 inches in the vertical and threw the power ball 38 feet.
His 113.04 SPARQ Rating was one of the best for any defensive back tested all spring and a big year on the field this past season has sent his recruitment flying through the roof.
"Things have been going great for me," Murphy said. "We had a good year winning our league and made it to the Silver Bowl, but lost in the finals there. I was named first team all-city at running back, but most schools are recruiting me for safety than running back, although some are saying athlete.
"I’ve already taken official visits to Arizona State and Washington State and was supposed to visit Oregon State last weekend but had to re-schedule it. All of those schools have offered along with Fresno State and I think fUCLA and Cal are pretty close too."
Murphy broke down his visits and talked about what trips he plans to take in January.
"ASU was the first weekend of December and I liked it a lot. The coaches showed me a lot of love and I was comfortable with the area and the campus. The next weekend I went to Washington State and that was my best visit so far.
"I was pretty overwhelmed by everything and loved the small college town feel there. Everyone I met was so down to earth and friendly and it just felt like a real family there. I’m going to Oregon State (Jan. 15) and I’m trying to choose between fUCLA and Fresno State for (Jan. 8).
"I like fUCLA a lot, but they haven’t offered yet. If they offered, I would probably visit there for sure, and I still might but I’m just trying to figure that out right now. I told the coaches I would let them know by (Thursday) what I’m doing so I have to figure it out pretty soon here."
Big honor for Beck
This was a strong year for talent in the Los Angeles city section and Crenshaw (Los Angeles, Calif.) was easily the dominant program in the area. So it was a mild surprise when Jordan (Los Angeles, Calif.) athlete Deshawn Beck was named City Player of the Year.
Beck was a dual-threat quarterback and put up huge numbers this past season. He rushed for 2,031 yards and nine touchdowns, threw for 1,166 yards and six touchdowns and added 14 catches for 181 yards and two more scores at receiver.
"It was pretty much unanimous," Jordan coach Elijah Asante said. "Deshawn is just a phenomenal player and when you look at the numbers he has put over the last three years, it’s mind blowing. He was all-state the last two years and will likely be again this year and I can’t imagine the city producing too many three-time all-state selections."
With his production on the field and reputation as arguably the fastest player in the city, you would think schools would be beating down Beck’s door. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
"All the schools are waiting on his grades to pick up," Asante said. "Arizona and New Mexico State offered early and Washington, Cal and Idaho are all talking like they’ll offer as soon as his grades are in after this semester.
"He retook the SAT again as well and we’re waiting for those results. I really think he’ll make it. He’s working hard and is very focused. He’s in the same boat right now as James (Boyd) was last year and James was able to make it so I think Deshawn can make it as well."
Current recruits (HT solarise)
Austin Hinder has been named a finalist for the Joe Montana High School QB of the Year Award.
Austin Hinder (Steamboat Springs High School – Steamboat Springs, CO)
The 6’5", 215 lbs QB finished the 2009 High School season with 2205 yards passing, and 25 TD’s (6 INT’s). He also rushed for an additional 700 yards and 15 rushing TD’s. He carries a 104 passer rating. A three year varsity starter, Hinder is rated the #5 QB by Scout.com, #5 QB by Max Preps, #7 QB by Rivals.com. At the 2008 Army National Combine, he was recognized as the top QB prospect in the country. He is the grandson of NFL Coaching legend Jim Hanifan. He will complete his high school career (13-1 as senior) by playing in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, before starting his college football career at Cal.