Athlete Traverso Provides His Three Leaders

The Sacramento tight end/defensive end, Matt Traverso, long thought to be leaning to Stanford, tells us he isn't. He has three other solid leaders and talks about committing early...

Matt Traverso, 6-6, 240, TE/DE/ATH, Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers, said that he has three solid leaders, and UCLA is one of them, and Stanford isn't, which is a change from the conventional wisdom on Traverso.

"Right now three schools are in the lead, UCLA, Arizona and Illinois," Traverso said.

What about Stanford, the school he was rumored to be heavily leaning toward? "If you asked me about a year ago if I would commit to Stanford, I think I would have said yes. And I still like Stanford a lot, but I now have to seriously consider my options. I need to go where the opportunity is the best." Traverso said that Stanford has yet to offer since he hasn't returned the application they sent him this summer.

Traverso said that rounding out his top six are Miami and Cal.

Traverso did say that UC schools are in his blood. "I'm very interested in playing at UCLA. My parents are both UC alums. My dad went to Cal and my mom to UC Davis. My mom's cousins and their kids went to UCLA. I also love the Pac-10. I have been offered by a number of other schools in the Pac-10, but UCLA is still definitely one of my favorites."

When it comes to what position he might play in college, and what position he's being recruited for, Traverso, who had 20 catches for 470 yards and 68 tackles and 18 sacks as a junior, said he's pretty flexible about it. "Arizona and Illinois really want me for tight end and UCLA told me that they had already committed two tight ends," Traverso said. "UCLA had promised them they would only bring in two. Then they saw my game film and liked me a lot. So, they offered me, too. I think they are looking at me as an athlete that can play either side of the ball. I love playing football and love playing both tight end and defensive end. I just want to be on the field."

The big athlete said he also wants to get his decision out of the way fairly soon. "I am hoping to commit early. I think that makes it easier and I think probably the schools that offer early are the schools that like you the most. I will probably go through the first few weeks of the season and then decide."

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