Lazarus Wants UCLA Offer

Berkeley (Calif.) linebacker Michael Lazarus is among the most under-recruited players in the west. He looked very strong in the Passing Down 7 on 7 tournament over the weekend and talked about checking out USC and UCLA as well...

Michael Lazarus just looks how an elite college linebacker prospect should look. He's listed at 6-2, 215 pounds but has a big frame and will have no problem adding another 30 pounds and projects a prototype inside ‘backer in college.

Lazarus doesn't just have size, he can run and is flexible. He can chase down plays and looks very natural dropping in to coverage. He's a physical player and is a natural leader as well and played extremely hard all tournament long on Sunday.

Prior to the Passing Down tourney, Lazarus spent his Saturday with some of his teammates checking out USC and UCLA.

"This was my second time visiting USC and I liked it a lot there," Lazarus said. "I toured everything, the campus, the football facilities and the academic center. I feel like I got a good feel for what it would be like to be a college student and I liked it a lot there.

"I met with the coaches and talked with Coach Ekeler, the LB coach. He said the coaches want to come by my school in May and watch me and have a lot of interest in me. I also plan to camp at USC in the summer and it sounds like they could offer me at some point if things work out."

Following the visit, Lazarus headed over to the Rose Bowl for the UCLA spring game.

"I had a good time at the Rose Bowl as well," Lazarus said. "I talked with the LB coach, Coach Ulbrich and he's a good guy and a good coach. UCLA is a good school and they said they'll be coming by in May as well and could offer me. I enjoyed both visits a lot and have high interest in both schools right now."

Lazarus has been offered by California and Washington State and will be at the NorCal NIKE Camp in Oakland in May.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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