Savage Interested In Bruins

The Anaheim (Calif.) Servite linebacker, Jack Savage, has some strong UCLA ties...

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite linebacker Jack Savage (6-2, 215), was a big part of the Friars' resurgence in 2013 and now the three-star is gearing up for the spring and his final season.

Savage played the whole season with a shoulder injury that required post-season surgery, but he's two months out of surgery and rehabbing so he can get on the camp and 7on7 circuit.

"I played through the season, but I'll be good to go around March," said Savage. "Depending on how it is, I'll be able to go out and do camps and 7on7 during the spring. I'm recovering right now, but once I'm healthy, I'll be able to go and plan to go to a lot of camps and 7on7."

While he's waiting for his first offer, a number of schools have been showing interest in him.

"I'm talking with a couple of schools like California, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon and Washington State," said Savage. "I've gotten a few little letters too from Nevada."

The son of UCLA baseball coach John Savage and grandson of legendary Hall of Fame coach Chris Ault, the longtime Nevada coach, both the Bruins and Pack have a long family history with Savage.

Yet Washington State may be the closest to offering.

"Coach (Jim) Mastro is recruiting me for Washington State and if I had to pick one being the closest to offering it would probably be Washington State," said Savage. "Arizona State or UCLA could be too, but I think Washington State is the closest. But I still think it's a long way off."

Mastro coached with Ault at Nevada for several years and has known Savage since he was young kid.

He's around the UCLA program the most now, attending several games at the Rose Bowl.

"I think UCLA is high up on my list," said Savage. "I went to a couple of games last year at the Rose Bowl. Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich is recruiting me."

It's been three years since Savage last attended a Nevada game, when Colin Kaepernick was still playing for the Pack and Nevada was in the midst of their memorable 2010 season.

With ties to Nevada and UCLA, Savage said there are reasons to like both schools, but neither has the top spot for him.

"UCLA has its advantages and disadvantages and I have that same feeling with Nevada," said Savage.

Having been around college sports his whole life, though, Savage has a good support system of family members who are familiar with the recruiting process in general.

"Me and my dad talk all the time about the process," said Savage. "I don't talk to my grandpa as much about recruiting, but we usually have a casual conversation about what it's like, what I want to look for, what colleges want to look for."

Savage's versatility is what make him appealing to schools.

"They're looking at me as both an inside and outside linebacker," said Savage. "I'm probably more suited for outside. I don't care about which spot and don't really have a preference, as long as I'm out on the field. I know I'd be productive wherever I end up. Getting after the quarterback is what I do best and what I like best. But dropping back in coverage, I do that well."

Savage also said tight end, which he plays for the Friars, is an option, though his heart is on defense.

With a long way to go until Signing Day 2015, Savage said he wants to sit back and take his time in the recruiting process.

"I'm probably going to keep it wide open," said Savage. "I don't really have my mind set on anything or anyone. Going through the whole process would be kind of fun, just weighing all your options. I don't see the recruiting process as a distraction, more as an opportunity to look at where I want to go. I wouldn't want to commit early."

Savage said several keys will be important in making his decision.

"The foundation of the team and their philosophy and mentality and a stable environment are all important to me," said Savage.

Savage finished the 2013 season with 10 sacks, over 80 tackles and a couple of pass breakups. After Servite suffered an uncharacteristic down 2012 season, a new coach and direction had them bouncing back in the tough Trinity League last fall.

"We expected to hit the ground running last year and next year, we expect to win it all," said Savage.

They'll have their work cut out of them.

"Yeah, our schedule isn't going to be easy, but we're preparing for it. We play Bishop Gorman out there, De La Salle again, and those are the two big ones, plus Edison. Then the Trinity League," said Savage.

Savage, though, said the schedule last season helped the team, and himself, especially going up against elite players each week.

"It's the toughest league in the country and we're going up against great players every week. We're going up against guys going to UCLA, USC, Cal, everywhere. I'd say the Bosco offensive line was the toughest but Nick Gates from Bishop Gorman (who signed with Nebraska), was the toughest player. We get some fun matchups."

Despite his father being the Bruins' baseball coach, and the architect of the 2013 College World Series champions, Savage does track in the spring for the Friars and he'll be running for Servite again this season.

He's also working to add some more weight.

"After surgery, I lost weight, so before next season, I'm looking to be about 230," said Savage.

Academically, Savage carries a 3.6 and said he'll take the SAT later.

Brandon is in his tenth year with Scout.com, 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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