Add UCLA: The Bruins are heavy favorites to sign inside linebacker Mike Wiley (6-3, 230) of Gardena Serra. Wiley was credited with 176 total tackles last season. He visited Arizona last weekend and is scheduled to take a trip to Colorado State in January, but says he will "most likely" sign with UCLA.
Aaron Williams (6-3, 240) of Hawthorne Leuzinger, one of the top linebacker prospects in the country, also visited Arizona last weekend. He has January trips planned to USC (the favorite), Notre Dame and Nebraska, and says his fifth visit will be to UCLA, Michigan or Washington State.
For the Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday December 20, 1994 Orange County Edition Sports Part C Page 6 Column 1 Sports Desk 1 inches; 27 words Type of Material: Correction
Recruiting--A story in Monday's Times Orange County said Alex Henderson has taken over as football coach at Golden West College. He will be an assistant next fall. Dennis Dixon is head coach.
More USC: The Trojans, preparing for the Jan. 2 Cotton Bowl, played host to some top high school prospects over the weekend. Among those making recruiting visits were highly touted running back Ricky Williams (6-1, 200) of San Diego Patrick Henry; linebacker-fullback Lester Towns (6-3, 235) of Pasadena High; wide receiver Windrell Hayes (5-11, 185) of Stockton, and Dallas Carter cornerback Damian Hill (6-3, 180), a cousin of former Texas A&M and current Kansas City Chiefs' running back Greg Hill. In addition, several community college standouts were on campus--honorable-mention All-American linebacker Jason Nevadomsky (6-2, 230) of Fullerton; Rashee Johnson (6-0, 180), a first-team All-American from City College of San Francisco, and wide receiver Chris Miller (5-11, 180) of West L.A. Miller, who played at Dorsey High and is a cousin of Trojan wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, probably will sign with USC this week.
The previous weekend, USC's lone recruit was quarterback Mike Bastianelli (6-1, 180) of Concord De LaSalle, which finished the season ranked second in the country by a national panel of sportswriters (Mater Dei was third). Cal is recruiting Bastianelli as a wide receiver.
One of the Southland's top offensive line prospects, guard James Sherman (6-3, 260) of Whittier High, has committed to Nebraska. He had been high on USC's wish list.
Stanford, desperate for a tight end who can play next season, has received a commitment from Derek Hubbard (6-3, 215) of Fresno City College, a second-team All-American. The Cardinal also has commitments from cornerback Greg Hairston of Glendale (Ariz.) College; guard Mike McLaughlin (6-5, 260) of San Jose, considered one of the premier offensive line prospects in the state, and linebacker Sharcus Steen (6-1, 240) of Etiwanda High. In addition, Stanford will add a talented transfer, fullback Jon Ritchie (6-2, 235), who played his first two seasons at Michigan after being heavily recruited out of Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Three of the state's top community college quarterback prospects--Jim Arellanes (6-4, 210) of L.A. Valley, Cody Smith (6-3, 235) of Mt. San Antonio and Steve Sarkisian (6-2, 200) of El Camino--have each made oral commitments to Western Athletic Conference schools. Arellanes, who passed for 426 yards and five touchdowns in his team's 36-28 Green Bowl victory over Rancho Santiago, will attend Fresno State; Smith, who started his college career at Pacific, plans to sign with San Diego State, and Sarkisian, who passed for an astounding 637 yards and four touchdowns in a 59-48 loss to College of the Desert in the SoCal Bowl, committed to Brigham Young last month.
Pac-10 news: Rose Bowl-bound Oregon, which received a commitment from offensive lineman Josh Beckett (6-5, 305) of Santa Margarita last week, is hoping lightning will strike twice in Orange County. The Ducks were host over the weekend to Times all-county lineman Jason Grain (6-5, 270) of Sonora. Grain also has visited Arizona State, and has trips planned to USC and UCLA in January. One Pac-10 assistant called Grain the top offensive line prospect in Orange County.
Arellanes' favorite receiver, first-team All-American Brian Comer (5-11, 180), has committed to Cal. The Bears also have commitments from guard John Romero (6-3, 275) of Berkeley and safety Pete Destafano (6-3, 200) of San Jose. A Cal assistant noticed Destafano only recently while scouting another player on film.
Add Cal: The Bears are the favorites to sign one of the state's top high school quarterbacks, Tom Brady (6-4, 200) of San Mateo. Brady visited Cal last weekend, and has a trip scheduled to UCLA in January. He has also been to Illinois.
Wide receiver Isaiah Mustafa (6-3, 210) of Moorpark College, who had been recruited by UCLA before the Bruins decided not to offer a scholarship, has committed to Arizona State.