Bryan Pickryl, 6-6, 230, Jenks (Okla.) High, who is ranked among the best defensive end prospects in the country, has more than just a passing fancy for UCLA.
"My father graduated from UCLA," Pickryl said. "He actually had a partial scholarship for the debate team. So, he would like me to go there. It would be pretty cool if we both went there. But he's pretty much leaving it up to me."
Pickryl said he's already unofficially visited UCLA. "It was the weekend I got out of school, at the beginning of June. It was great."
Pickryl has also unofficially visted Texas, will be attending Michigan's junior day this weekend, and then will also visit Oklahoma at the beginning of August. Why is he crossing the country to visit all of these schools on his own dime? There is a method to the madness.
"I want to commit by December and then enroll by January and be there for spring practice. I'm graduating early, and I was hoping to get acclimated to college and the routine. Get ahead of the game, and maybe have a chance to play early."
Pickryl said that he'll try to officially visit as many schools as he can. "I'm going to do it during my football season. It depends on our football schedule. I don't know if I'll be able to take as many as I'd like, but that's why I'm visiting so many now. But I'll try to take as many as I can, and then decide by early December."
When asked about the schools he mentioned – UCLA, Michigan, Texas and Oklahoma – Pickryl said that those were the main four, but that he's still pretty wide open. "I still have a lot of schools I'm considering," Pickryl said. "I'm going to give everyone a fair chance, and make the best choice for my future. If that's in-state or out-of-state, it doesn't matter."
With Pickryl being interested in many out-of-state schools, it doesn't seem like he has a problem with leaving home. "My parents will fly to wherever I play, so it wouldn't be a problem. I wouldn't be out of touch. I'd see them a lot anyway. I don't think I'd have a tough time with it. Football takes up 100% of your time."
Pickryl said he has a 3.1 and scored an 1160 on his SAT.