Intro 2016: RB Dylan Thigpen

The La Verne (Calif.) Damien running back, Dylan Thigpen, has some ties to UCLA and is a big fan of the Bruins...

La Verne (Calif.) Damien 2016 running back Dylan Thigpen only played half the season this fall, after transferring prior to the start of the year.

In five games, Thigpen rushed for 954 yards on 143 carries and scored 13 touchdowns as a 2013 sophomore and had three games with over 200 yards rushing, including 259 and five touchdowns against Chino Hills. He ended the year being a First Team All-Sierra League selection.

While he just missed the 1,000-yard mark, a couple schools made sure not to miss him, including UCLA, where his older brother Damien is wrapping up his career with the Bruins.

"UCLA is showing interest in me," said Thigpen. "It's definitely a school that I enjoy going to and being around."

Thigpen has been to a number of games in the family section, but the Arizona State game was the first time he got to go as a recruit.

"I've been to a lot of the home games, but Arizona State was the first one as a recruit and I definitely enjoyed it," said Thigpen. "It was a great experience."

Thigpen also raved about UCLA head coach Jim Mora, who he said has had a big impact on his brother.

"Coach Mora is just a great coach and has a great bond with the team," said Thigpen.

Thigpen said an offer would be hard to turn down.

"It would be tough to beat UCLA," said Thigpen. "I would love to go there like my brother."

But given its still two years until he can sign with anyone, Thigpen is keeping things wide open.

"Nothing is out of the question," said Thigpen.

Oklahoma, LSU, Michigan and Utah are some of the schools that Thigpen likes as well as the Bruins' opponent in the Sun Bowl, Virginia Tech.

"I grew up in Virginia so I enjoyed Virginia Tech a little more than others," said Thigpen.

This spring and summer, Thigpen plans to hit a number of camps and combines and 7on7 tournaments.

"I was trying to get into the mindset of being a running back so I didn't do as many camps, but this year I plan to do a lot of them," said Thigpen.

At 5-11, 185, Thigpen is already bigger than Damien and more the pure running back of the two.

"I'm trying to focus on running back in high school and in college and I think that position suits me a little better," said Thigpen.

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOX Sports, 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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