April 19, 2007

Five on top for Mychal Rivera

Mychal Rivera got a chance to match up his skills against other top prospects from his area at the SoCal NIKE Camp last Sunday.

"I thought it was a great experience," said the 6-foot-4, 228-pound tight end from Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham. "The competition was great. I was matched up against top notch players that had 10, 15 offers, and I felt that I was just as good as them, if not better."

An all-league and all-area honoree last season, Rivera caught 21 balls for 210 yards. It was his first year playing tight end, after playing defensive end as a freshman and sophomore.

On the recruiting front, Rivera picked up his first scholarship offer from Nevada earlier this month. He also took unofficial visits to UNLV, San Diego State and UCLA.

"At UNLV, I like the coaches a lot and their facilities are nice," Rivera commented. "I also thought their style of offense is really good and I liked how their players treated me when I was there.

"SDSU is recruiting me real hard. Coach Jonathan Himebauch over there sends me hand written letters and text messages all the time. I like the weather in San Diego and their coaching staff is cool. I got to talk with head coach Chuck Long and he said he really likes me. Their program looks like it is up and coming.

"With UCLA, I'd like for them to look at me more. They are not really looking at me right now because I think they are looking at other tight ends. But I think I could really fit into their offense."

Rivera currently lists a top five of Nevada, San Diego State, Oregon, UNLV and UCLA.

"Nevada would probably have a little bit of an edge just because they've offered, but other than that my top five are all pretty equal right now," he added. "If I got an offer from all of those schools, I'd have to take more visits and continue to talk to the coaches before I could reach a decision."

Some prospects find the recruiting process a bit hectic. But Rivera has been enjoying it. "It's really exciting to get a text message from a head coach of a college program," he expressed. "I have dreamed of this ever since I was a kid, so I was ready for it. I love coming into the house after school every day and getting seven, eight different letters in the mail. It's an exciting thing."

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