Strong Family Ties for Bays

Oceanside (Calif.) offensive lineman Grant Bays is the nephew of a UCLA Hall of Fame lineman, and the Bruins are a longtime family favorite...

Oceanside (Calif.) offensive lineman Grant Bays (6-2, 290), made his first year with the Pirates a memorable one, helping them to another CIF-San Diego Section title.

Bays is now focusing on recruiting, with an offer from Duke already in the mix, and two recent unofficial visits having been taken.

In February, Bays was at UCLA's Meet & Greet and then a week later, was at USC's Junior Day.

"USC was pretty fun and it was really informative," said Bays. "There were a lot more people there than the UCLA one. The USC coaches are really down to earth and really seem to get you. It seems like a really cool place to go. I had a little 1-on-1 time with Coach (Joe) Barry and Coach (James) Cregg."

The week before, Bays was at UCLA.

"At UCLA, it was really personal and I liked it there," said Bays. "The campus was really nice and all the coaches know my family. I'd been there a couple of times, but it was my first time with football and everything."

Bays has a long family history with UCLA, with his uncle being Randy Cross, an All-American and College Football Hall of Famer a former Bruin center.

"I'd say UCLA is probably my favorite because my family is pretty acquainted there," said Bays.

While at UCLA, Bays talked with head coach Rick Neuheisel and offensive line coach Bob Palcic.

"A couple of the coaches wanted to talk with me for a long time so I got a lot of 1on1 time with the coaches there," said Bays. "They said they're pretty interested in offering, but that I need to go to camps, to get one on one time."

Aside from the two Los Angeles schools, numerous others are recruiting him.

"I'm hearing from Duke, Colorado, Arizona and Oregon, some attention from everywhere," said Bays. "Boise State is pretty interested too. San Diego State and Stanford too. I'd say Duke is putting out the most effort."

Bays' versatility is what makes him an enticing prospect.

"I do play defensive tackle, but my future is on offense," said Bays. "Either center or guard."

Bays is planning to camp at USC and Boise State and UCLA as well.

He's not rushing a decision.

"I'm going to want to go through the process and find which school is best for me," said Bays.

Bays has a 3.2 GPA and will take the SAT this spring.

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