Dastrup Hearing From UCLA

Payton Dastrup, one of the better big men in the west for 2014, says the Bruins recently renewed their interest in him...

Payton Dastrup, 6-10 SR C Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View, told us in Las Vegas that he has a host offers.

"All of the Pac-12 schools have offered, as well as BYU, Florida, Kansas, Virginia and St. John's," said Dastrup.

When asked if he has a feel for which programs are recruiting him the hardest, Dastrup replied, "I'd say Florida, BYU, Arizona and ASU have probably been at the top."

I asked Dastrup about his relationship with UCLA. "Coach Alford offered me at New Mexico and then he offered me at UCLA a couple days after he got the job," said Dastrup. "They picked up some interest late last weekend after the Battle At The Beach. I like their program. They're in a little bit of a rebuilding with Coach Alford there, but I think they'll be solid and I like their program." I asked Dastrup about the factors that will be important to his decision.

"Being able to come in as a freshman and start, or be a contributing factor like a sixth or seventh man," said Dastrup. "And then I want to have a good feel for my teammates and the coaching staff looks stable. I don't want any coaches that are at the end of their contract or assistants that are kind of iffy if they want to be there or not."

Dastrup said he has taken unofficial visits to Florida, Virginia, Stanford and BYU. He plans on taking official visits in September and October.

Dastrup said he will probably sign in the fall.

"I'm going to make my decision before the season starts," said Dastrup.

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