Croom Thinks UCLA is Close

The Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2016 safety, Micah Croom, thinks a UCLA offer is close to happening...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2016 safety Micah Croom (6-2, 195), is one of the top prospects in the West in what should be another talented crop in 2016.

Croom will be a part of a loaded secondary at Poly with Colin Samuel and Iman Marshall this fall and he credits the presence of Marshall and of former teammate Juju Smith with his early attention.

"Without them there, I probably don't get an offer as a freshman," said Croom. "Coaches wouldn't have come by and seen me. But I'm thankful they did and it's something for me to work towards, to allow other players to get looked at when schools come to see me. I hope to take the torch and pass that on as I go. Working with Biggie and Juju has paid dividends."

Croom has an early offer from Utah and schools like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Utah State, UTEP, Utah and Nevada all have come by this week.

"Before we took off for spring break, UCLA came down and Stanford came by and Notre Dame is coming by next week," said Croom. "Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) and Coach (Kennedy) Polamalu came by. It's Coach Polamalu's area but Coach Meat came with him."

Croom attended a UCLA spring practice and their spring game.

"I went to UCLA's Spring Game and a practice and they make you feel like family," said Croom. "I like the defense they run and the way Coach Meat coaches up his group. They let Brett Hundley do his thing and let Myles Jack play both sides. They let athletes be athletes."

Croom said he thinks the Bruins are close to offering.

"I think UCLA is next closest and I think they should be the second offer," said Croom. "I've been talking with Coach Meat week in and week out. We talk once a week. I go to practices, film studies and meetings. I sat down with Coach Mora and I'm real confident with them and they should be the next to pull the trigger."

Croom is also hearing quite a bit from USC, having been to their spring game and spring practices too.

"I liked it up at USC and how they treated us," said Croom. "I like how Sark (Steve Sarkisian) brings a new feeling and a new start. It feels like USC football again."

Croom said he plans to camp with both USC and UCLA as well as Stanford this offseason.

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