Just two gaems into the season, Oak Park (Calif.) High, WR/DB Gavin Ketchum (6-4, 190) is already showing why he is getting the attention from Pac-10 schools.
In the Eagles opener, Ketchum got his senior campaign off to a great start, grabbing 8 passes for 122 yards and 3 touchdowns in Oak Park’s 43-7 win over Verdugo Hills.
Last weekend in a 28-0 victory over Calabasas, Ketchum had six receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns, one being a 40-yard reception. He also recorded 11 tackles on defense from his safety position.
“It’s been great to get back on the field,” said Ketchum, whose Eagles lost in the CIF Championship Game a year ago to Oaks Christian.
With the 2004 season underway, Ketchum is balancing both his season and recruiting, and continues to have a solid top two, with several other schools calling and showing interest.
UCLA and Oregon lead in Ketchum’s recruiting, with both the Bruins and the Ducks having officially offered. The Bruins became the first school to officially offer him a scholarship, when they extended the offer just before UCLA’s Junior Day back in spring.
Ketchum also has verbal offers from Utah, San Jose State, Tulane and Boston College, while also getting attention from Cal, Washington State, Oregon State and Tennessee.
“UCLA and Oregon, they’re my leaders,” said Ketchum. “I’ll probably set up my official visits at some point with them. I know I’ll visit both of them.”
This past summer, Ketchum made his only camp visit to the UCLA 4-Day Camp. While at one day of the camp, Ketchum thought his performance was pretty good. “I thought I did well,” Ketchum said. “Coach (Dino) Babers is a good coach.”
Ketchum said he will take his trips before he makes a decision, and since he doesn’t have any trips officially set, a commitment “isn’t imminent. He said, “I’ll take some trips. I’ll wait until I know that it’s the right decision.”
An All-CIF and Ventura County pick as a junior, Ketchum had 41 receptions for 855 yards and 14 touchdowns (a school record), with 40 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 2 sacks and a safety on the defensive side of the ball as a junior.
He has a 2.9 GPA and scored a 1090 on his SAT.