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Poised For A Big Season
One of the top players in Northern California in the class of 2008 is San Mateo (Calif.) Serra athlete Deleon Eskridge (6-0, 180). Eskridge has four offers, from San Diego State, Utah, Washington and San Jose State, and he says he's hoping to see more Pac-10 offers come rolling in during the fall. "I've been hearing from Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, UCLA and UNLV a lot too and they want to watch my senior film. So I'm going to have a big senior year and stand out," said Eskridge. Eskridge's top five included Oregon, Washington, Cal, Oregon State and Auburn, with most of his interest coming split between offense and defense. "Half of my offers are for cornerback, the other half are for running back," said Eskridge. "I prefer running back though." One school that Eskridge is hoping picks up the interest level is Cal, where his teammate J.P. Hurrell has already committed. "I like Cal a lot. It's in the Bay Area and it's a good team. I wouldn't mind going to Cal at all," said Eskridge. And the two Beaver State schools could be the next ones to offer. "Oregon and Oregon State have been talking to me about the start of my senior year," said Eskridge. "They want to see my season and then they'll offer me." Eskridge said he's in no rush to make a commitment and made it clear there is no substantial leader. "I'm really open up to wherever," said Eskridge. "To what school gives me the best offer and best chance to better myself. Really, my family's focus is that they just want me to go somewhere to get a good education and have some football. If I get serious, I may commit, but I'm no hurry. Eskridge is coming off an all-state underclass season when he ran for 1,461 yards and 23 touchdowns, three times rushing for over 200 yards. The Padres open up with Buchanan of Clovis but week two is a big one, a clash with perennial powerhouse Concord De La Salle. "That's out biggest game, and the WCAL (West Catholic Athletic League), is always tough. Every game is going to be a tough game," said Eskridge. Academically, Eskridge has a 3.0 GPA and achieved a qualifying test score on the SAT.
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