Vickers aiming for 1,000 yards

Vickers aiming for 1,000 yards

Wide receiver Carzell Vickers has offers from the Mississippi River to the West Coast. Find out where he might land inside.

Carzell Vickers has scholarship offers from schools spanning the southern part of California up to the Land of a 1,000 Lakes. Where he ends up might be harder to pinpoint right now.

The wide receiver from Highlands Ranch, Colo., has offers from nearby Colorado and Colorado State, Minnesota to the east, San Diego State to the southwest. Vickers is also talking with Boise State, Kansas and Utah.

Vickers' dad, two brothers, and other family members live in California.

"Most family lives out there. … I think that would be nice (to play out there)," Vickers said.

But that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be California dreaming next year or playing for one of the future Pac-10 schools.

"I'm pretty sure, I just want to go where I can get a free education and play football," Vickers said. "But having family watch me would be nice."

The decision for Vickers, a two-star recruit, is still a while away. Right now the 6-4, 187-pound wide receiver wants focus to on the upcoming season. Vickers said his two main goals are to gain 1,000 yards and, more importantly, not get hurt.

Vickers broke his left wrist last season and was limited to just four games. The wrist is now healed with a plate and seven pins inside, and he hopes to be a bigger contributor to Valor Christian.

"We are hoping for another state title," Vickers said.

The Eagles were undefeated last year and won the Class 3A title. This year they are moving up to Class 4A, where Vickers fully expects his team to be ready for the larger schools.

"I think we will do fine," he said. "No one is scared, but competition will be harder."

One reason Valor shouldn't be scared is because of its strength at quarterback where Colorado commitment Brock Berglund will be leading the team again. The 3-star quarterback enjoys playing with Vickers, and has even tried to recruit him to CU.

"(Brock says) It'd be nice to have wide receiver he knows and who can catch a ball (at CU)," Vickers said. "He thinks it would be cool. I think it would be nice for us to go to the same school, but I don't know."

Vickers' summer has included trips to the Kansas and Utah camps with teams. He hasn't scheduled any official visits yet, saying he'll probably make plans for them in September. He will probably visit the schools that have offered him a scholarship, and he has received e-mails from Minnesota, Boise State and San Diego State coaches about coming on a visit.

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