“My trip to UCLA was great,” said Scarlett. “I had a really good time there. I saw the campus for the first time in five years. I got to meet the guys on the team, spend time sitting with the recruits and just had a great time overall.”
Scarlett was hosted by Adarius Pickett, the freshman cornerback and also got a chance to talk with fellow Portland native Owa Odighizuwa.
“I talked with Owa a lot, he’s another guy from Portland,” said Scarlett. “My brother and Owa played against each other for three years in the same league so it was cool to talk with him.”
Scarlett played against UCLA quarterback commit Josh Rosen earlier this season and the two spent a lot of time together on the visit.
“All of the recruits were together all weekend,” said Scarlett. “Josh and I had a good connection since the game. I talked to him before the game and after the game when we played and he’s just a cool guy.”
Scarlett had primarily been recruited with Mike Tuiasosopo, who recruits the Northwest for UCLA, but the visit allowed him to spend ample time with running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu and assistant running back coach Deshaun Foster as well as head coach Jim Mora.
“I got to talk with Coach Tui some, but I primarily talked with Coach Polamalu and Coach Foster, and we had good talks,” said Scarlett. “I also got to spend a lot of time talking with Coach Mora and we had breakfast at his house on Sunday.”
A power back for the Rams, Scarlett said the Bruin coaches emphasized their need for a power back in their offense.
“What they were saying is they don’t have a big power back like myself and that is something they’re looking for,” said Scarlett.
Scarlett had visited UCLA five years ago when his brother Brennan, now a linebacker at Cal, visited Westwood.
“From what I remembered about the visit then was that I loved the campus,” said Scarlett. “So coming back almost exemplified what I felt about the school and just added to my love for the place. It’s such a good area and a beautiful place. Something that stood out to me was the feel I got there. It’s definitely somewhere I can see myself spending the next 4-5 years.”
Scarlett is still considering an official visit to Cal in the next few weeks.
“The Cal visit is still up in the air, and I just need to determine if I’ll take it,” said Scarlett. “For a while, it had strictly been four schools I was considering but Cal has been doing some good stuff this year and I think I’ll take a visit there and go down there.”
“They’ve all been great visits so soon I’m going to have to sit down and think about the place I’m actually going to be choosing, because I had such a good time at each school.”
This week, Central Catholic begins their state championship defense with a playoff opener against Thurston.
“We’re serious now and we know everybody wants a piece of us, so we have to come and prepare and be more mentally focused,” said Scarlett.