Fisher Still Hopes for UCLA Offer

Compton (Calif.) Centennial defensive back Denzel Fisher, despite recently being hampered by an injury, has seen his recruitment expand, with new offers. And he intends to do whatever he needs to do to get a UCLA offer...

Denzel Fisher had his coming out party at the SoCal NIKE Camp where he earned DB MVP honors over a loaded group. At his best, the 6-2 corner uses his size and long arms to overwhelm opposing receivers at the line of scrimmage. He also has the top end speed to run with receivers and surprising closing quickness to break on the ball.

At the Passing Down tourney, Fisher looked noticeably stiff, lacked a closing burst and couldn't keep up with receivers down the field.

"I've been dealing with the back strain for a few weeks now," Fisher said. "That's why I didn't play in half the tournament at the B2G tournament a few weeks ago and it really affected me in this one. I just couldn't move, my backpedal was slow and I was slow to react, it was frustrating. "I mean you saw me out there, I couldn't run like I normally can and I couldn't go up for jump balls. I think I just need to rest and shut it down for a while to get healthy. I want to be healthy for some of the summer camps I plan to do so I'm going to take a break for a bit."

Despite the injury, recruiting continues to pick up for Fisher. Hawaii and Utah are his most recent offers and he has had several schools including Oregon and Arizona visit this week.

"The Utah offer was big for me," Fisher said. "Coach Shah offered me and he's like family. He came to my school and watched me work out and then offered me. It's crazy, he asked what my mom's name was and when I told him, he said they used to be real close back in high school together at Dorsey.

"They were like brother and sister, they were that close, I thought that was crazy as heck. I'm very interested in Utah and I'm going to try and visit. I also went to UCLA's Spring Game on Saturday and that was real cool. I talked to Coach Mora and Coach Martin, all the coaches really.

"I was in the locker room and watched the players get all hyped before the game. I'm going to camp at UCLA and that's another reason why I want to rest my back. I want to make sure I'm 100% for that camp so I can earn an offer, that would be a big one and I'm planning to go and get it."

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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