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Salesian teammates trip to USC

11/5/2012

There were plenty of recruits on hand to watch the offensive slugfest between Oregon and USC on Saturday evening, but the largest contingent from one school was likely the Salesian squad, with seven recruits in attendance.

The 2013 class was represented by quarterback Jihad Vercher and athlete Jermaine Kelly -- a UCLA verbal commitment. Watch List tight end Marquis Ware and linebacker Jamardre Cobb, as well as athlete Rodney Carr were there from the Class of 2014, while Jeremy Kelly -- Jermaine's younger brother -- and athlete Kyahva Tezino were the class of 2015 representatives.

While recruiting has taken off for many of the upperclassmen, college coaches are beginning to take notice of Tezino, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete, capable of playing multiple positions on the defensive side of the ball and who recently capped of a sophomore season in which he registered 97 tackles, two sacks and five interceptions.

Tezino has received mail from Arizona State, Boise State, UCLA and Wisconsin. Oregon coaches made sure to stop by Salesian during their time in Los Angeles and took a look at Tezino as well. He said he would love to hear more from Pac-12 programs, but is willing to accept the recruiting process as it comes.

"I'd like to hear from more schools, but if this is all I get, I'm going to appreciate it," Tezino said.

Saturday was the first time Tezino had an opportunity to see a USC game in person, and he came away impressed.

"The atmosphere was really wonderful," he said. "It was great to be there. Hopefully I'll get to play in that kind of atmosphere sometime."

While his playoff games likely won't draw the same number of spectators, the atmosphere is about to rise a notch or two as Salesian heads to the playoffs. Tezino is a young player on a very talented team, but he contributes heavily and is looking to produce for his friends and teammates.

"My mindset right now is every time practice starts, to work hard and get ready for the playoffs," he said. "I want to help my team get on the same page and try to go out and win a ring."