ATH Telfer hoping to make early decision

March, 22, 2009
As we mentioned a few days ago, it's a big year for tight ends out West in the 2010 class. Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) athlete Randall Telfer has two schools on top and is hoping to make an early decision.

Telfer is an athletic pass catcher with similar size and speed to 2009 tight end and UCLA signee Morrell Presley. As a junior, Telfer caught 42 balls for 678 yards and five touchdowns. He was used more as a receiver last season but projects as a tight end at the next level.

Stanford was the first school to offer Telfer and the tight end now has seven offers on the table.

"Along with Stanford, I have USC, UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt," Telfer said. "USC and Oregon are my two favorites and I plan to visit each in the summer and also take an official visit to both schools in the fall.

"I'm going to camp with USC for their Rising Stars camp and I'm going to go to the NIKE Camp in Oregon just so I can spend a few days up there and check out the campus."

Telfer said he would like to commit early, possibly in the summer, but then take the two official visits during football season.

"I'm not sure it will go down like this, but I would like to commit in the summer just to have my decision locked up before school starts," Telfer said. "Then I want to take two official visits, one to USC and one to Oregon, kind of to solidify everything for me. At least that's my plan for now so we'll see what happens.

"I also like Cal, UCLA and Stanford but Oregon and USC are my top two. I grew up a USC fan and I've liked Oregon for a while as well. I'm just looking for the best fit and the school with the best combination of academics and athletics I can find."

Telfer is carrying a 3.3 GPA and will take the SAT later in the year. He said he would like to major in Physical Therapy in college.

Talented corner waiting on first offer

Los Alamitos (Calif.) is one of the top programs in the SoCal region year in and year out. The Griffins annually put two or three players in to Div I schools every year and talented cornerback Shaquille Richardson is another sure fire college prospect.

At 6-1, 175 pounds, Richardson has very good size for a corner. He's a physical player who can play the run as well as the pass and his coaches at Los Al compare him favorably to former Griffin and Arizona All-American Antoine Cason.

On the recruiting front, Richardson is hearing from a handful of schools but is still waiting for his first offer to roll in.

"Oregon, Nebraska, Colorado, Cal, Washington and Alabama are probably the schools I'm hearing the most from," Richardson said. "I'm going to camp with Cal and maybe UCLA too and I'm planning to attend UCLA's Spring game.

"At this point, I'm just working hard and not worried too much about recruiting. I know the offers will come if I keep working hard so that's where my focus is."

Wilkerson has five on top

Tustin (Calif.) running back Anthony Wilkerson is one of several talented running backs out West. The athlete denies a leader but has a solid top five at the moment.

Wilkerson, a tough, physical back with good speed, earned all-state underclass honors a year ago after rushing for 2,300 yards and 35 touchdowns.

"I still have the same three offers, Stanford, UCLA and Washington," Wilkerson said. "I'm also hearing from USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, basically the whole Pac 10 plus a lot of schools in the SEC, ACC and Big 10 too.

"Right now, I don't have a leader but my top five would be Stanford, UCLA, USC, Cal and Washington. I grew up a UCLA fan but that won't factor in to my decision. I attended Stanford's Junior Day and like it a lot and have also visited UCLA.

"I'm planning to attend the NIKE Camp at USC but I don't have any other summer camp plans right now. I'm in no hurry to make my decision and I think I'll be taking my visits before I commit anywhere."

Academically, Wilkerson is carrying a 3.8 GPA and said he would like to major in Environmental Engineering.


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