Receiver Commits to UCLA

Alex Van Dyke, the receiver out of Elk Grove (Calif.) Consumnes Oaks announced his commitment to UCLA on Sunday after his official visit...

UCLA has been recruiting the wide receiver position heavily this recruiting cycle. Sunday afternoon, the Bruins landed a commitment from one of the top pass catchers in the region in NorCal standout Alex Van Dyke.

"He really loved it there," Cosumnes Oaks coach Ryan Gomez said. "He had been there before, we took a visit last March so he was already familiar with the school and the area. Marcus (Rios) is there and they're very close since Marcus played here just a few years ago. Marcus hosted him and they had a great time together.

"Alex and his family always played things pretty close to the vest but I thought UCLA would be tough to beat. The coaches did a great job recruiting him and Angus McClure and Eric Yarber were just here last week watching a game. He loves the direction the team is going, is close with the coaches and likes the offense there. It was just a great all around fit for him and I know he's really excited about his decision."

In Van Dyke, UCLA is getting a receiver with great size at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds and the ability to stretch the field. He runs well after the catch, shows excellent hands and is a smooth route runner. He's an explosive leaper and was one of the top basketball players in the area as a junior and is one of the state's top track athletes and could qualify for state in the 200 and 400m this spring.

"His ceiling is so high," Gomez said. "He has only been playing football since high school, he never played before so he's still learning. He has never been able to focus on just football either, he's a three sport athlete and will do all three sports this year as well.

"Once he's able to focus on just football, his game should take off to another level. He's a big, strong kid and has put on about 10 pounds of muscle since last season. He's still as fast as ever though and is playing really well for us. I can't wait to watch him develop at UCLA and I think he has a chance to be a very special player."

Ironically, Van Dyke's first offer, which came during his sophomore year, was from California, who UCLA hosted on Saturday. The athlete officially visited Oregon State last month and boasted offers from fellow Pac 12 programs Arizona State, Oregon and Washington State as well.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 16 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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