Humphreys Visits UCLA

The Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic defensive lineman, Connor Humphreys, talked about his recent trip to UCLA...

With plans to commit before his season starts, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit defensive end Connor Humphreys (6-3, 275) has made his summer busy, with two unofficial visits done and three more coming up.

Humphreys visited Tennessee and UCLA in June and later this month will visit Arizona, Arizona State and Wisconsin.

"I went to UCLA right after school and then to Tennessee," said Humphreys. "I'm going down to Arizona to see their new facilities for a day, and then either the next day or the day before, I'm going to Arizona State. We'll leave from there right up to Wisconsin."

Humphreys started the visit tour with a trip down to UCLA, his second time in Westwood, after visiting during the Bruins' spring practice.

"I love the school and I like the UCLA campus a lot," said Humphreys. "I think California is a really good place to go to school. The first time I went, I went to a practice but didn't get to see a lot of the things I wanted to. So we went back there and this time I got to spend a lot of time and sit down with Coach (Lou) Spanos, the defensive coordinator. The first time I was there, I got to meet with Coach (Angus) McClure and Coach (Jim) Mora, so this time it was with Coach Spanos (who's recruiting him)."

From there, Humphreys went down to Knoxville to visit Tennessee.

"I liked it a lot, just getting to see what other schools have and now I can compare schools to Tennessee," said Humphreys. "I met with Coach (John) Jancek a lot. I met Coach (Butch) Jones, but didn't talk a lot with him. I liked the campus and it was my first time ever being down there in Tennessee and visiting the SEC. It's pretty different and eye-opening. We walked down on the field at Neyland Stadium and it was huge. I don't think I've ever been in a stadium that big."

Humphreys has double-digit offers, but plans to trim the list down to a top five next month and plans to decide by the end of August.

"Probably the first week of August, I'll have my top five, after I visit those three schools. I'll narrow it down and I'll probably decide in August because I want to decide before my season," said Humphreys. "I think I'll be ready. I'll only take one official visit, to the school I'm going to commit to. And I'll take that official during the season."

Humphreys is moving inside this year for Central Catholic, and has added more weight, getting to 275, and he said that defensive tackle could ultimately be where he ends up.

"Right now I'm around 275, so if I gain another 15 pounds, I'll probably end up as a defensive tackle," said Humphreys. "I'm playing left guard this year, and last year I played center, right guard and right tackle, but my heart is on the defensive line. The goal this year was to get to 275 and I feel like that is a good weight for me as a defensive linemen. I'm moving down in the middle to play nose guard."

Humphreys said a big reason for his early decision is to allow him to shift his focus to his senior year.

"My main goal is winning a state championship as a senior, that's been my main goal since freshman year," said Humphreys. "I don't have to worry about taking visits if I commit early, it will be about winning a state championship and being focused on the team."

Brandon is in his ninth year with 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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