Stovall Hearing From UCLA

Feb. 23 -- The Bruins are one of several schools who could be in the mix for four-star running back Melquise Stovall...

Four-star Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete running back Melquise Stovall is still in the early stages of his recruitment, with just six offers, but he’s already seen enough to name two favorites.

“I’ve got two favorites right now, Washington and Miami,” Stovall said. “They’re my top two right now, but it’s just kind of as schools offer me, I re-evaluate.”

His other offers have come from Boise State, California, Colorado, and San Diego State, but he gave a few reasons why he has the Huskies and Hurricanes on top at the moment.

“Washington has been keeping in touch since they offered me,” Stovall said. “They were my first offer and I have a really good relationship with them. Miami, I just really like it, it’s a beautiful place. Why wouldn’t I want to play there?”

Stovall is also keeping in touch with the two L.A. schools, and is hopeful for offers from both before too much longer passes.

“I’m talking to UCLA still, and USC,” Stovall said. “UCLA kind of stopped talking to me for a little bit during their season, but they’ve gotten back in touch recently. Coach (DeShaun) Foster, he’s recruiting me as a running back. He told me to be patient, and just wait to see what happens the rest of the spring.”

At USC, the Trojans are also hinting that an offer could come soon.

“Coach (Marques) Tuiasosopo actually likes me as a running back there as well,” Stovall said. “I’m going to their spring practice on March 7th to check them out, and hopefully things work out from there.”

An offer from the Trojans would hold special significant for Stovall since he, like many other kids growing up in the Southland, is a long-time USC fan.

“Ever since Reggie Bush, that’s my number one running back, ever since he was there, I’ve been a USC fan,” Stovall said. “That’s always been my number one team.”

Stovall sees himself playing much the way that Bush played in both college and the pros, with a versatile skill-set that translates at multiple positions.

“I feel like I can play a similar way, as a running back/slot receiver,” Stovall said. “I think I have that kind of skill-set. Most schools are recruiting me as a running back/slot, kind of just an all-purpose offensive player. I can also do kick returns, punt returns, and I love playing special teams.”

As for a decision timeline, depending on how things shake out, he could try to get it done early.

“I’m taking my time right now,” Stovall said. “But if I can get to these schools and get a feel for each, I’ll maybe make a decision in spring. If not, I’ll probably wait til Signing Day.”

Stovall reports a 3.4 cumulative GPA.

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