Harkey: "I've Been Solid on UCLA"

Cory Harkey, the 6-4, 230-pound tight end prospect from Chino Hills (Calif.) High, took his official visit to UCLA last weekend, and he talked about the visit, his commitment, and talking with other recruits, especially the ones on their official visits the same weekend...

Chino Hills (Calif.) tight end/defensive end Cory Harkey (6-4, 230) has had a busy off-season from football, but mostly because he's been playing on the hardwood for the Huskies.

Because of basketball tournaments and games on the weekends, it wasn't until last weekend that Harkey finally got to take his official visit to UCLA.

"It went really well," said Harkey. "Nathan Chandler was my host. I had talked to him before. He was one of the only players I had talked to before on some of my visits there. He's a really cool guy. I talked with a lot of the guys on their visit like Aundre Dean, Kevin Craft and Marcus Turner. Nick Crissman was up there, too."

Harkey had laid low since the firing of Karl Dorrell, mainly because he was focused on basketball, but he said at no point was he wavering on his commitment to the Bruins.

"It wasn't an issue for me. They didn't need to convince me at all. I've been solid on UCLA the whole time. Yeah, some schools tried, but it was never an issue during the coaching change. I was UCLA all along," said Harkey.

Harkey got to meet with several of the new UCLA coaches, and came away impressed. "I like the coaching staff a lot and they are fun to be around," said Harkey. "I really hit it off with Coach Neuheisel. He said he would stop by sometime this week to meet me at my house."

Harkey said some of the recruits made their pitch to Aundre Dean, but for the most part, backed off. "We're like, ‘It's your choice, do whatever feels the most comfortable, but we'd love to have you come out here,'" said Harkey.

Harkey and Crissman hit it off during the summer at UCLA's camp, and the two constantly stay in touch. "Nick and I get along really well and we text a lot," said Harkey. "After the coaching change, he was texting me, making sure I wasn't going anywhere, but I told him not to worry about it, I was solid to UCLA."

Harkey played on both sides of the ball this year for the Huskies, but said that UCLA will use him exclusively on offense. "They still want me to play tight end and they've said that there is a good chance I could go in and play the first year if I'm physically ready," said Harkey. "Right now, I'm 6-4, 230, and I want to be a solid 240 when I get there."

Harkey said playing basketball has been a nice distraction from recruiting, but he's looking forward to next Wednesday. "I'm looking forward to Signing Day and getting it over with," said Harkey, one of four Chino Hills players going to D-1 schools. "We're hoping we can all sign our letters together."

Academically, Harkey is in great shape, carrying a 3.3 GPA.

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