He told us he'll talk to the school of his choice first and then Tweet his decision.
It would be stunning if he didn't announce UCLA as his choice. UCLA offered Olorunfunmi recently and he's been pretty clear that the Bruins are his favorite. He told us at Sunday's Los Angeles Nike Camp, however, that he might hold out for a USC offer, but we had heard, like we reported yesterday, that if Olorunfunmi didn't commit soon UCLA could move on. We've heard that situation had an impact on Olorunfunmi.
UCLA could be close to offering Stephen Johnson, the 6-0, 185-pound athlete from San Leandro (Calif.).
Johnson is emerging as an elite prospect, with Oregon having recently offered Johnson, to go along with offers from Cal, Colorado and others.
He's getting increased intention mostly because of his speed and athleticism, running a 4.35 at the Army All-America Combine in January. Scout has him ranked as a cornerback (46th), but we're hearing many programs are recruiting him as a wide receiver. UCLA's wide receiver coach, Eric Yarber, in fact, has been in contact with Johnson quite a bit recently.
With so few scholarships to give, UCLA obviously feels it can be a bit selective at many positions. Like we said, UCLA is looking for both a pass-rushing linebacker and a five-technique type of defensive end, and it's looking nationally to fill that role. UCLA loses 0wamagbe Odighizuwa after this season, and if there is a need at defensive line it would be that four- or five-technique DL that can beat offensive tackles around the edge.
DeBerry might be more of an outside linebacker in the Anthony Barr-type role.
But not only is UCLA involved with DeBerry, it has offered and is recruiting many out-of-staters: four-star Christian Bell, from Hoover (Ala.); Tyrone Wheatley, the 6-6, 240-pound, four-star defensive end propect from Bufalo (New York) Canisius; and Scott Patchan, the 6-5, 240-pound defensive end from Tampa (Fla.) Freedom.
Cassius Peat, the 6-4, 240-pound prospect from Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol, would probably fill that five-technique role also. Peat recently took an unofficial visit to UCLA, actually visiting with his grandfather, and the word is that he had a great time and UCLA is probably his leader.