Stephan Blaylock has versatility to play at various spots in the secondary but has proven to be an effective safety with very good instincts and seems to always find himself near the football.
The four-star prospect from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco holds half a dozen scholarship offers early on and recently took another visit to nearby UCLA to meet with defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin.
"UCLA raised the bar higher, for sure," Blaylock told Scout.com at the adidas 7v7 National Championship. "They had a bad season, but with coach Meat talking to me and showing me around, to me it felt like home and I feel like I could make it better."
The Bruins were the first to offer so the relationship there is more developed than anywhere else. The recent stop by the Westwood campus was just another indication of that.
"It was great because I got to spend more time with coach Meat and also see the new facility," Blaylock said. "They told me it's going to be done in June and I just can't wait to see when it's fully done.
"Coach Meat talked to me about the future and he let me know who else is coming and who else he's looking for at my spot. I feel like a priority there for sure; not just talking about others he's bringing in but how I would fit in and where I could play. He talked to me about nickel as well and I want to move around. That's something I want to do. I feel like I fit that scheme well because they like to run man and I'm physical."
"With Oregon, everything stands out right now and I talk to coach (Keith) Heyward a lot," Blaylock said. "The communication is strong and he's just like coach Meat with that he tells me about the future and who he's planning to have up there with me. He's told me to be me and keep balling.
"At Colorado, I want to see how they keep building. The years before they were bad but they just had a great season, so I want to see how they keep building. They've got a good group at defensive back and that definitely creates competition."
From a decision standpoint, Blaylock said he intends to follow the norm at St. John Bosco by announcing a commitment before the start of his senior season.
"For me, I'm thinking summer," Blaylock said. "I don't plan on committing more than once. When I pick that's going to be my primary school."