Bruins Offer Juco OL

SEP. 18 -- UCLA offered Orange Coast (Calif.) College offensive lineman Zach Bateman this week and the 6-7, 315-pounder grew up a UCLA fan...

Orange Coast (Calif.) College offensive lineman Zach Bateman picked up three more offers this week, putting the 6-7.5, 315-pound tackle well into double-digits.

Ohio State, UCLA and NC State all offered Bateman this week.

“Ohio State and UCLA offered on Tuesday,” said Bateman. “Those were pretty big.”

The Buckeyes and Bruins offered him within hours of each other.

“I grew up a fan of UCLA and USC being a Southern California kid, so UCLA offering was a pretty big deal,” said Bateman. “And Ohio State is a really good program too.”

Bateman talked to a pair of Bruin coaches on Tuesday when they offered.

“Coach (Adrian) Klemm and Coach (Kennedy) Polamalu are who offered me," said Bateman. “I’m definitely a fan of UCLA.”

Ohio State offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Ed Warriner extended the offer for the Buckeyes.

“I talked to Coach Warriner and he offered me. That’s a program I’m really interested in.”

Bateman now has offers from Arizona State, Brigham Young, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, NC State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, UAB, UCLA, Utah and Wisconsin.

And he’s already starting to create a top five list.

“I’d say my top five as of right now is UCLA Ohio State, Arizona State, Oklahoma State and Florida,” said Bateman.

Bateman has three years to play two and plans to sign in December and be somewhere in January.

“I have three years to play with my redshirt year,” said Bateman. “I plan to take my visits in late November, sign in December and be there in January. The JC route has worked. Everything happens for a reason and honestly, I wouldn’t change anything from how it is today. I have some great opportunities.”

Bateman is also looking for an opportunity to come in and play right away, being a JC transfer, and each of his top five has told him of their urgency.

“Honestly, every school that I’m really looking at is in dire need of a left tackle and having a guy who can come in for spring, and start and be ready to go,” said Bateman.

Bateman said he’s hoping to get up to UCLA for an unofficial visit since it’s relatively close to home and also will take an official visit to UCLA along with officials to Arizona State, Florida and Ohio State.

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