UCLA Watching Brandel

The Bruins are keeping an eye on the 6-7 offensive tackle from Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic, Blake Brandel...

Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic offensive lineman Blake Brandel (6-7, 260) was one of the more impressive linemen we saw last weekend at the NW Elite Football Camp and then the Oregon NFTC.

The long and lean Brandel looks like a tight end, and said that his coaches have told me he could play tight end in college.

But with his size and athleticism and frame to add another 30 pounds, tackle is Brandel's destination at the next level.

"Coach (Steve) Pyne (at Central Catholic) always says I can always play tight end, but pretty much all of my recruiting is at tackle," said Brandel. "I've never actually played tight end in a game but gotten reps on scout offense, but I think I'm more of a tackle because I can move."

Brandel won OL MVP honors at the NW Elite Football Camp and was an all-offense selection at the Oregon NFTC.

"Pretty much my goal going in to the NW Elite was to get as many reps as I could and get coached up by the college coaches," said Brandel. "I think I applied it all and that got me MVP."

On the recruiting front, Brandel has four offers, three from the Pac-12.

"Oregon State, Washington State, Colorado and Nevada have all offered me," said Brandel. "Oregon State was my first offer."

A number of other schools were by Central Catholic too in the spring, checking out the recruits for the 6A state champions.

"I've talked to Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, USC and UCLA," said Brandel. "Those were the big schools rolling in and talking to us. It's been a good spring so far."

Mike Tuiasosopo stopped by Central Catholic for UCLA and checked in on Brandel and running back Cameron Scarlett.

"I want to check out UCLA and USC this summer, but nothing is planned so far, but I do want to see how things go," said Brandel.

Brandel said he's not in a rush to make a decision.

"I definitely want to take a couple of official visits and I'm planning to make sure I get all of my offers before I decide," said Brandel.

Oregon State being the first offer and having a history with Central Catholic certainly doesn't hurt the Beavers with him.

"Those guys are awesome," said Brandel. "Coach Cav (Mike Cavanaugh), I'm always talking to him. He's a fun guy. I've been down there a couple of times and everyone is great down there. Ryan (Nall, his Central Catholic teammate headed to Oregon State) is always in the hallways saying ‘Go Beavs' to me."

Brandel said he's put on 30 pounds since the end of the season and wants to gain 10 more by the time he starts fall practice.

"I was 230 at the end of basketball season and I put on 30 pounds," said Brandel. "The goal before football season is 270 and then go from there."

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