Scarlett Set For UCLA Visit

OCT. 28 -- The Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic running back, Cameron Scarlett, will visit UCLA officially this weekend, and he says the visit is a "big" one for him...

Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic running back Cameron Scarlett (6-2, 213), will take his fourth official visit this weekend when he visits UCLA.

“That trip is going to be big for me,” said Scarlett. “Like with Notre Dame, UCLA is one of the schools I hadn’t seen since Brennan (his older brother, a linebacker at Cal), was recruited so now I get a chance to really see it closely.”

Scarlett had visited UCLA when he was in middle school when his brother visited, but doesn’t remember a whole lot.

“I remember it was my favorite campus to visit, but I haven’t seen it since then,” said Scarlett.

He’ll also get to meet with the UCLA coaches he’s only talked to on the phone.

“This will be the first time I get to meet a lot of their coaches,” said Scarlett. “I’ve only actually met Coach (Mike) Tuiasosopo in person, but I’ll get to meet and talk with Coach (Kennedy) Polamalu and Coach (Jim) Mora and match a voice with a face.”

He’s also eager to hear how UCLA would use him in their offense and how he’d fit on campus.

“This trip will really help me see my opportunities there as a player, but also going to school there, living in Los Angeles, all of what’s part of a school,” said Scarlett.

Scarlett took his third official visit over the weekend, checking out Stanford.

“My visit to Stanford went really good,” said Scarlett. “It was definitely an informational visit for me. What was more important to me was getting to visit the players and seeing what happens outside of football. I was able to talk with the players about things not related to football. This was my third or fourth visit, so I’ve seen enough of the school and the facilities, so this was more about learning more from the players.”

Former high school rival and fellow Portland native, Joey Alfieri, hosted Scarlett on the official visit.

“Joey and I talked a lot about moving away from your family, how he’s getting used to it and getting more comfortable,” said Scarlett.

Scarlett also got a chance to talk with running backs Barry Sanders and Christian McCaffrey at length.

“I talked to Barry a bit and with Christian a lot just about the offense but also about school,” said Scarlett.

With several different types of backs on the Stanford roster, the Cardinal are recruiting Scarlett as an every-down back, which is significant to him.

“That’s what they’re saying to me, so it’s definitely a big opportunity for me and something I’m taking in to consideration,” said Scarlett. “Coach Lance Taylor told me what Tyler Gaffney did for them last year as an every-down back.”

Scarlett was also able to spend time with academic advisers as he continues to complete the Stanford application.

“I talked with Coach (Lance) Anderson a lot about it and the academic adviser,” said Scarlett. “I’m working on the application, I started it a couple of weeks ago, so was getting more thoughts from them and then I’m working with my AP English teacher too.”

Scarlett said seeing the Cardinal players outside of football left a big impression.

“That was big for me, just seeing the players and talking with them and seeing them outside of football,” said Scarlett. “People say Stanford athletes are not really social but I figured that wasn’t true so it was cool seeing them be funny guys and outside of that. They’re definitely guys I can be around.”

Scarlett said his fifth and final visit will almost assuredly be with Cal, though he doesn’t have a date set.

“I’ll probably end up taking that list visit to Cal, but the date is still up in the air,” said Scarlett.

With Central Catholic 7-1 on the season and wrapping up their regular season, with their sights on a second straight state title, Scarlett is eyeing December for a decision.

“I think I’m going to get it done in December, after our season,” said Scarlett.


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