Bruins In the Mix for Van Dyke

The Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks four-star receiver, Alex Van Dyke, said he's wide open but UCLA is very much in the race for him...

Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks receiver Alex Van Dyke (6-4, 195), has grown up around football, his father starring at Nevada before playing in the NFL.

But until Van Dyke got his first offer from Cal, when he was a sophomore, he didn't expect to have an opportunity to play football at the next level.

"After I received my first offer from Cal, I was excited and happy and it was like a dream come true to get an offer, but I didn't expect it to take off like it did," said Van Dyke. "When they started coming in, I was overwhelmed. I'm just trying to stay humble about it and take each offer one at a time. It's been really exciting."

Van Dyke has over 20 offers, from all over the country, and Nevada offered the legacy too.

"Nevada has always had a special place in my heart," said Van Dyke. "But my dad has never been about pushing Nevada on me. He said if a better opportunity comes, to take it. He's been great through this whole process."

Van Dyke has offers from Arizona State, California, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa State, Nevada, Northwestern, Oregon State, Purdue, San Diego State, San Jose State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Utah State, Washington State, Weber State and Wyoming.

"USC and Oregon have both come by and they're really interested too," said Van Dyke. "I'm going to USC for their Rising Stars Camp in June. Coach (Clay) Helton came by the school and wants me to come to it."

Oregon receivers coach Matt Lubick also stopped by the school this week and invited Van Dyke to camp.

So far, the only schools Van Dyke has been to are Cal, UCLA and USC.

"I went up to Cal for their Junior Day and saw their campus and their new jersey's and that was real cool. Over at USC, I went for their Junior Day and checked out their weight room and all of their new facilities," said Van Dyke.

He also got a chance to see UCLA the same weekend he saw USC, and enjoyed his time in Westwood.

"I went down to UCLA for an unofficial visit and the coaches were really inviting and the campus is beautiful and Marcus Rios (his former Cosumnes Oaks teammate) is there," said Van Dyke. "It's such a great campus that I can see why people want to go to school there."

Van Dyke doesn't anticipate making a decision any time soon.

"I'm planning on going on all of my visits during my senior year," said Van Dyke. "I want to take all five trips. I'll sit down with my parents soon and go through all of the schools and start to decide where I'll visit."

Van Dyke was an all-state "Grid-Hoop" selection by CalHiSports, for the top football/basketball players in California.

And Van Dyke would like to play two sports in college if he could.

"I would like to play basketball in college, but it won't determine if I go to a school or not," said Van Dyke. "Football is what I'm pursuing."

He would, though, like to continue track in college.

"I want to do track for sure to stay in shape and keep my speed," said Van Dyke.

Academically, Van Dyke is a 3.75 student and already got a qualifying score on the ACT. He will take the SAT in the Fall.

"We have our regional track meet on June 1st when the next SAT is so I'll take the SAT next year, but I already got my score I needed on the ACT," said Van Dyke.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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