May 25, 2012

Arizona linebacker giving Wyoming a look

Phoenix linebacker, Robert Relf, reached a recruiting milestone this week receiving his first scholarship offer. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound outside linebacker from traditional football power Brophy Prep was offered a full ride by the University of North Dakota.

"It was great," Relf said of the call."It was a blessing to get that first offer and get the pressure off you. Everyone wants to get the first one and it was exciting to get that first phone call."

This week's scholarship offer likely won't be his last. A year ago, Relf accounted for 56 tackles and one interception for Brophy. Currently, Relf said he is talking to coaches at Wyoming, San Jose State, SDSU, New Mexico, UTEP, Arizona State, Oregon State, Northern Arizona and Iowa State.

"Most of the coaches are looking at me as an outside linebacker," Relf said. "They like my speed and tackling ability, my blitzing ability and how I read plays. I can get to the edge and play in space," he said. "OLB is fun. You get to go out and make a lot of plays and get in there with the big boys."

Relf said the University of Wyoming has been recruiting him hard. The All-Section selection from a year ago said Wyoming assistant coach Matt Rahl has been down to Arizona to evaluate him and they have spoken on the phone as well.

("Rahl) seems like a nice guy," Relf said. "I've been in Wyoming before. Laramie is a nice town. Wyoming plays in the Mountain West, it is DI and it is good competition. I like it. I have to see everything, but I like Wyoming.

"The last time I talked to Coach Rahl was two or three weeks ago. He said they were close to pulling the trigger on a scholarship. He said it should be coming soon. "

Relf said a couple of California schools and another from nearby New Mexico are also in the running for his services. He said he would like to camp at Wyoming on June 10, but as his high school is practicing that week, it seemed doubtful he could get to Laramie.

"I like San Diego State," he said. "I have been there for a passing league. They have nice facilities. I don't know how close they are to offering, but we have been talking. San Jose State has been talking a lot lately too. Their coach said they have interest in me and an offer is on the way. The New Mexico coaches said if I do well at their camp they will pull the trigger on an offer."

Relf, who also runs track and plays baseball at Brophy, said location won't play a factor in his college choice, but he does want to talk to the players to get an idea for their experience at a school. He also is looking for a coaching staff he wants to be around and a school with a high academic standing.

"I want to keep working hard and make a couple more calls to schools that are interested in me to get the name out there," Relf said. "I am going to a couple camps and perform well in the passing league. Whatever happens, happens."

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