Croom Likes the Bruins

2016 four-star Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Micah Croom is hearing from a variety of Pac-12 schools early in his recruitment, including a good deal from UCLA...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Micah Croom has had a very good start to the spring camp season, looking like he should be one of the top defensive back prospects in the West in his class.

The 2016 prospect says that he's getting a good deal of interest from much of the West Coast, but one school in particular is standing out with the amount that they are recruiting him.

"UCLA has been showing A LOT of interest lately," Croom said. "I'm definitely excited about that. I appreciate that. It confirms that what I'm doing is leading me on the right path. I appreciate them. USC and UCLA are both recruiting me right now, but UCLA is on me a little harder."

Croom has been on campus already earlier this offseason for the Oregon basketball game, and said that meeting with Coach Demetrice Martin and Coach Jeff Ulbrich, as well as several others coaches over the course of 90 minutes, was a real highlight.

"I got a chance to sit down with the defensive coordinator and the DB coach," Croom said. "I sat in his office where he showed me all the people he's worked with, and said how excited he is to work with me after he makes an official evaluation. They showed me the opportunities I would have if I do choose to play my next four years there."

One of the big factors for Croom in his decision will be the family atmosphere of a school, and the early four-star says he felt it in Westwood.

"It's definitely a great campus and a great community," Croom said. "All the staff treats you like a family -- from Coach Meat to Coach Polamalu to Coach Mora, who is the most down-to-earth guy you will meet. I really appreciate them."

Croom has received interest from a variety of other Pac-12 schools as well, including USC.

"USC has shown a little bit of interest," Croom said. "They invited me to their camp, so I plan to participate in that. Stanford is showing interest as well. That's a school I really aspire for, so I'm taking that into consideration. And Notre Dame has reach out to me, too."

At USC, Croom's primary recruiter has been Tee Martin, and he's hoping to earn an offer at the Trojans' camp later this spring. Croom also plans to camp with Stanford in June.

Croom said he feels a sense of loyalty to Utah as well since they were his first offer.

"I talk to Coach Shah a lot, that's my guy," Croom said. "We talk all the time and he keeps me updated on what's going on. Utah is going to be in it until the end, they offered me early and took a chance on me before anyone else, that means a lot."

Croom is being recruited primarily as a safety by most schools on his list, but said he expects to work at wide receiver a bit this year at Poly.

He also said he's receiving interest from Texas, Florida State, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon.

With reports from Greg Biggins.

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