Theriot talks UCLA trip

The past two weeks have been filled with a lot of excitement for Bellaire (Texas) Episcopal athlete Kellen Theriot (6-2, 225, 4.5).

He spent an entire week at LSU during his spring break and then returned back to Houston.


Then after five days at home, Theriot caught a plane with his mom and went to Los Angeles for an unofficial visit to UCLA where he has been since Thursday.


How was his trip out West?


"It was amazing out there," Theriot said. "It was as good as a trip other than one to LSU could be. If there was no LSU I would be out here in a heartbeat."


Theriot and his mother flew into Los Angeles on Thursday and they got off to an early start on Friday morning.


"We hung out with the coaches early that morning," said Theriot. "We met the head coach (Karl Dorrell) and the linebackers coach (Chuck Bullough) and then they took us over to talk to the academic people.


"Then, me and coach Bullough watched film for about an hour while my mom and the Head of Football Operations (Bob Lopez) talked more about academics. After that we ate lunch and then drove out to the Rose Bowl where we got to go on the field."


One thing that really caught Theriot's attention was the UCLA campus and its academic setting.


"Their football facilities and Academic Center for athletes were not as good as LSU's but the academic building structure for the school has to the best in the country," he said. "I've been to LSU, Miami and a couple of other places but UCLA's has to be the best in the country."


The Bruin coaches brought up the subject of making a commitment but Theriot said that they understood he wasn't ready.


"They said they wouldn't care if I waited all the way to signing day," explained Theriot. "They said that I was the No. 1 linebacker on their board and that they would wait for me."


Wile Theriot did not make a decision on his trip out West one could be right around the corner.


"There are only two schools (LSU and UCLA) left and a decision could come soon," said Theriot.


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