May 21, 2008

Sears picks up offer

One of the best looking safety prospects at the recent Palo Alto NIKE Camp was Marte Sears, a 6-foot-3, 180 pound senior-to-be at Fresno (Calif.) Edison. With his lanky frame and athleticism, Sears has substantial potential, as evidenced on Saturday.

In the one-on-one portion of the camp, Sears has an interception and locked down most of the receivers he was matched up against. It comes as no surprise, that was his favorite part of the day.

"I'm not going to say I'm better but I think I had a little better day today with what I did, with my one pick," Sears said. "The one-on-ones went really good. Overall it was what I expected. Good competition, hard work."

At no point during the day did Sears look out of place, other than perhaps physically due to his height and length, which was rare among the defensive backs' group. This, despite Sears having little to no expectation for what the camp would bring.

"My focus was just to be ready for these kinds of camps but I wasn't too ready for this one because it was my first one," Sears said. "I was kind of nervous, I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what I was going up against. But I've been working hard trying to get ready with my brother and trying to get ready."

Sears' brother, Johnny Sears, was a standout corner coming out of Edison High School before signing with Michigan in the 2005 class.

"Coming behind him I know a little bit about what recruiting is going to be like," Sears said. "But it's different too so I just have to do what is best for me."

Due to his length and big frame, Sears is being recruited by most school to play safety, but he could be a bigger corner or perhaps even play receiver in college. He was league MVP on defense as a junior with six interceptions, and he had seven touchdown receptions on offense.

"Right now it's safety but if they (the school he goes to) convert me to something else I'd be fine with that," Sears said. "I wouldn't have any problem."

Arizona State became the first school to offer Sears, last week, and it's an opportunity he'll strongly consider heading into the summer.

"I talked to ASU on the phone," Sears said. "The coach just said if I keep my grades up and get through this summer and the season they'd like to have me out there and they got an offer waiting. So I just gotta do that and I'm good."

Still, the Sun Devils are perhaps trailing another Pac-10 program, the Oregon Ducks.

"I'd kind of like to go to Oregon because me and some of my homies have made a pact to try to all go to school up there together but whoever offers me I'm going to be looking at them and thinking about it. I want to make a good decision."

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