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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Watch List WR Denson taking his time

By Erik McKinney

The state of Arizona is loaded with top-tier talent in the 2014 recruiting class. One of those players, wide receiver Cameron Denson (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic) already holds eight scholarship offers from some big-time programs, including Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound athlete has done a big of everything for the Lancers this season. He has completed 29 of 36 passes for 408 yards and three touchdowns, rushed 56 times for 944 yards and 18 touchdowns, and caught 14 passes for 215 yards and another score. He's also added a kickoff and punt return for touchdowns.

And while he's one of the more highly-recruited juniors in the region, Denson hasn't done much with the recruiting process at this point. He did however, take an unofficial visit to UCLA this past weekend.

"It was my first time going there," Denson said of UCLA. "I thought it was pretty good for me to get out there to see a different environment than I'm used to. It was a good experience to meet the coaches. I saw what the campus was like and what it'd be like to go there."

Denson added that he very much enjoyed the weather and how green the landscape was, which he said was a departure from what he is used to.

Seven of the eight schools that have offered so far are recruiting Denson as a wide receiver. He said only Oklahoma has discussed the possibility of playing cornerback.

"I kind of like playing wide receiver a little more right now, but if defensive back is where I have to play, that's something I'd have to get out there and do," Denson said. "As long as I'm comfortable doing it, that's what mostly matters."

While a potential position might still be up in the air, Denson said he is certain that he doesn't want to rush into the recruiting process. He said he grew up watching the Miami Hurricanes, but he isn't comfortable listing any schools that stand out at this point.

"I'm not really trying to put it out there right now," he said. "I'm trying to be laid back with it. I'm just staying humble and playing for the team right now. I can worry about that stuff later. My coach is really good about helping me out with everything. I want to thank him for that, too."

Denson said he hasn't thought about when he'd like to make a recruiting decision, though he added that he feels that just before or during his senior season are possibilities. The next step in his recruiting process could come next week, as Denson said he is going to try to be in attendance as Oklahoma hosts Notre Dame on Oct. 27.