Update on DL Norris Malele

<b>Norris Malele</b>, the standout defensive tackle from Carson, has two clear-cut favorites as this point in his recruiting. UCLA has been on him a long time...

One of Los Angeles' top defensive linemen, Norris Malele, 6-3, 290, Carson (Calif.) High, is still pretty wide open, but two schools stood out on his list.

"I am pretty high on UCLA," Malele said. "They have been recruiting me since the beginning and they are real close to home. And I like California, too. They definitely are up there."

Aside from the Bruins and the Bears, Malele is hearing from the rest of the Pac-10, primarily Arizona, USC and Washington, as well as Colorado and a handful of other Big 12 schools. Malele said, "Its pretty wide open right now. I am still waiting for a few other offers so I can look at who there is on me."

Malele is no stranger to the recruiting game, as his cousin Matt was heavily recruited a season ago, before committing to Cal. "I've been through this for a year already, so I know what to expect, know what to look for."

With Matt in Berkeley, the Bears definitely made the list, but Norris said Matt isn't doing any real heavy recruiting for Cal. "He respects my decision, and knows I have to make what's best for me," said Norris.

As for UCLA, Norris is being recruited to play defensive tackle, but could also play some offense (Cal and Colorado are recruiting him for offense). He prefers the defensive side of the ball. "UCLA Coach Johnson and Coach Weber are great guys, great coaches. I like the discipline they both show. Coach Johnson has been on me since I first started being recruited and he is a real cool guy. I also really like Coach Dorrell. I think he is going to do a great job and turn the program around."

While its still early, Malele plans to take trips to at least Washington, Colorado and Tennessee, but will leave the other two open. He has already visited UCLA and USC, so as of now he thinks he won't take trips there. "I think I could make a decision after a couple of trips during the season. I want to focus on that though before I make my decision," Malele said.

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