Ekbatani Decision At Any Time

Nick Ekbatani is about to make one of the most difficult decisions of his young life. After taking four recruiting visits, he's narrowed things down to a pair -- Miami and UCLA.

"It's dead even right now," Ekbatani said moments ago. "Today is the initial signing day for Junior College players. I wanna sign today but I don't know if I can make my decision. I have both letters of intent sitting here in front of me and I can't even tell you how hard this is."

Nick Ekbatani, 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, talked about the two programs that he's trying to decide on.

"UCLA went really well," he said. "They were my favorite in high school. They were my favorite until Miami started calling. I loved (the visit). I'm trying to figure out the differences myself. They're both similar within my values. Both are great programs. Miami is a little ahead of UCLA with their football program. UCLA is a little ahead of Miami with academics. Both have a big demand for offensive linemen. Both need me to come in and contribute right away. Really, the only difference is they're 3,000 miles apart. I gotta search my heart and see what I come up with. I'm actually sitting here reading both media guides right now."

The talented lineman was asked how much the distance factor would play in his final decision.

"Well, football's obviously a big part of this decision," he said. "I can play football in LA or in Miami. It's the same deal. Miami is the best opportunity. It's an unbelievable experience there. I just wanna find out if it's better for me to stay home. My mom went to UCLA with me and she likes them but I know that if she had gone to Miami with me, she'd be telling me to go to Miami."

Ekbatani, who will enroll into college for the spring semester, talked about his potential role at either school looking ahead to next season.

"UCLA wants me to replace their weak (left) tackle," he said. "He's graduating and they want me to compete there. Miami originally talked about right tackle but Coach Kehoe called and he actually wants me to play left guard now. It doesn't matter to me either way. I'm OK with playing wherever they need me. It's not a big adjustment."

A final choice could happen at any time.

"I have them both in front of me and I'm about to start making some calls to make this thing happen," he said. "I feel like I can't go wrong with either choice."

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