Monday, June 28, 2010

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Pomee could be close to decision

Junior Pomee made the catch of the day during one-on-one drills when he caught a deflected pass off the back of Josh Atkinson before almost slamming into a chain-link fence but that's not the only news the Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde wide receiver made at Monday's camp.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect who could easily transition into a tight end if he continues to grow said he's close to making a commitment, which could come in the next week or two.

Arizona and UCLA are the leading candidates with Florida and Southern Cal also under consideration but neither the Gators nor Trojans have offered yet. There was some talk that Pomee was prepared to commit to Arizona after visiting there in the last few weeks but the Bruins have always been considered a frontrunner. At this point it's too close to call.

Pomee, a three-star recruit rated No. 46 at his position, told earlier this month that UCLA was his favorite but after his trip to Tucson that he's now leaning toward Arizona. At the Win Forever Festival, he wouldn't give up which way he was leaning but said he'd like to have a decision soon.

One thing Pomee wants to avoid is prolonging his decision and being stressed like former Rancho Verde teammate Ronald Powell, who waited until the U.S. Army All-American Game to pick Florida instead of USC. Powell was the top-rated player by last recruiting cycle.

"I want to get it out of the way so I can get all this stress out and I want to relax and focus on my football team this year," Pomee said.

"(Powell is) my boy. I've been around him since the eighth grade, played Pop Warner, and I've been following him forever. Everything he's been through I've tried to copy and maybe even do better.

"He was fighting through it with SC and Florida and all that stuff and he just gave up on SC and he picked Florida. It made everything easier and he started focusing even more on everything he was doing. I'm going to try to do the same."

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