Does Okun Have a Favorite?

The standout 2015 offensive line prospect from Newbury Park (Calif.) talks a bit about UCLA while other programs are showing interest...

The standout 2015 offensive lineman Zach Okun, of Newbury Park (Calif.) High, has been getting interest from around the country, and is trying to get out to take unofficial visits.

Okun has been offered by UCLA, Washington, Arizona, Kansas State, with the most recent offer coming from California, where he's headed to visit on Friday.

But the 6-4, 305-pounder says he hasn't had much time this summer, and the visit plans might be coming up.

I would like to visit a lot of schools this fall," Okun said. "I'm visiting Cal tomorrow, but I'm not sure of any after that. I visited USC this summer, and that went well. I'm hoping they are going to offer."

Okun also was on UCLA's campus for the B2G Elite Camp back in June, having been on the Westwood campus previously. While Okun says he isn't a heavy lean anywhere right now, UCLA is a school that offered very early and is certainly high on his list.

"I'm very open right now," Okun said. "There was some speculation that I was favoring UCLA, and I won't deny that, but that was more in the past. They are a school that I really like though."

Notre Dame has expressed interest in an says the interest is mutual.

"[Notre Dame assistants] stopped by my school in the spring and talked with me for a while," Okun said. "They wanted me to come to camp this summer, but I wasn't able to make it. They said there was something about my game that they really liked."

Okun said he hopes to visit Notre Dame in the future, especially if he continues developing his relationship with the Irish.

"I would love to check out Notre Dame," Okun said. "The tradition they have is incredible, and it's a really good school all-around."

Okun talked some about what he's looking for in a program.

"I'm looking for an athletic and academic mix," Okun said. "I want a school that is sound in both. I'll adjust to the campus lifestyle wherever I go, and everything will fall in to place after that. Tradition of winning is also going to be a factor."

With a strong junior season, Okun is on track to add multiple new offers this fall.

"My strength is the run block," Okun said. "I'm 6-foot-4 and have long arms and short legs. I'm also very aggressive, and I'm getting better at pass blocking. Hopefully, this season I'll get noticed some more, and more programs will come knocking."


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