January 24, 2008

Buffs first to offer Compton junior

Compton (Calif.) High School has produced a top defensive prospect each of the two recruiting cycles, Anthony Wright with the Class of 2007 and Datone Jones with the Class of 2008.

The streak will continue on for a third straight cycle.

Chris Metcalf, who recorded 84 tackles and six sacks for the Tarbabes last fall as a junior, is a member of the Rivals100 list for the Class of 2009.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound outside linebacker prides himself on his aggressiveness. He received his first scholarship offer during his sophomore year.

"Colorado offered me as a tenth grader," he explained. "My coach, Coach Bryant, told me that I always play like I am hungry so he knew something big was going to happen for me early.

"Even at the high school level you have to work hard to be successful. My coach is always talking to me about leadership. I try to go out there, play my hardest and hope my teammates follow."

USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon and Washington State have also shown early interest in Metcalf. He grew up cheering for Oklahoma and also likes Georgia.

"My coach told me that USC might be close to offering," Metcalf added. "If they were to offer me, I would probably do a solid verbal. USC is a great program. They are always striving for the best. They always want to win. That is what I am looking for in a college, a winning tradition."

What are his impressions of the Buffaloes? "I talk with Anthony Wright, who plays at Colorado, and he told me the campus there is beautiful," Metcalf said. "They did kind of good this year."

Metcalf is currently gearing up for track. He will be competing in the 100, 200 and 110-m hurdles.

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