Mar. 13 -- Three-star wide receiver Demetric Felton earned an offer from UCLA on Thursday, and he told us that it's a significant one...
Three-star Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak wide receiver Demetric Felton
has blown up this spring, with offers pouring in from Michigan
and much of the Pac-12. On Thursday, though, Felton got an especially significant offer, with UCLA
being the first of the semi-local schools to pull the trigger.
"It's huge," Felton said. "UCLA was definitely one of my dream schools. I started talking to them on Tuesday, so this is all happening pretty quick."
UCLA quarterbacks coach Taylor Mazzone contacted Felton through Twitter, and then the two spoke on Thursday, with Mazzone telling him that the staff had reviewed his film and wanted to extend him an offer. The next order of business will be scheduling an unofficial visit, something Felton is very eager to do.
"I really want to get up there," Felton said. "It'll be an easy drive to get there, only about an hour away. I don't have a date in mind, but I can tell you that it'll be really soon. I've never been up there, but one of my good friends is committed to run track there, and he loves it."
Felton has some versatility, playing both running back and slot receiver, but he wasn't certain what position UCLA had in mind when it offered him. He also didn't seem to care much.
"I'm going to talk to Coach Mazzone again, and I'll try to figure it out, but either position would be fine," Felton said. "I just like having the ball in my hands. I guess I can see myself going farther if I play slot, so that's the one I'd probably pick, but it's a tough one."
Though he lists UCLA as one of his dream schools, don't misconstrue that as a "childhood favorite" -- Felton grew up in Tennessee, and his family has moved around quite a bit. The first team he actually remembers watching as a fan was Hawaii's 12-1 team under June Jones in 2007. But he says UCLA was one of the schools that caught his eye when he finally made it to California
"Once I moved to California, UCLA just stood out as a top school in the Pac-12," Felton said. "So you just kind of tend to root for them and everything, so that's how it went."
Felton has watched enough UCLA over the last few years to know that the Bruins run an offense that seems to fit his style of play perfectly.
"I like what they do with their running backs," Felton said. "They can run them out of the backfield, put them in the slot, so that's good, it fits kind of what I do."
Previously, Felton listed California and Michigan as his top two schools, but he said the UCLA offer definitely puts the Bruins in the conversation.
"California and Michigan, they're at my top right now, just because of the way the coaches are talking to me and all that stuff, (but this offer) definitely puts UCLA up in the mix with my top schools," Felton said. "For one, they're close, so my family likes that, and two, they're a great program, they have a good tradition, great coaches, and all that."
One of his family members in particular has not hidden his excitement about the new offer.
"My dad, he was really excited when I told him about the UCLA offer," Felton said with a laugh. "He wants me to stay close. When I told him that Michigan was one of my top two, he got a little upset. He was like, "Aw, man, I want to watch some of your games," and I was like "I want to go where I want go, though.'"
As for a decision timeframe, Felton said he doesn't plan to make a commitment anytime soon, but wants to get the process over somewhat early.
"I'm thinking before my senior season, or maybe at the latest mid-senior season," Felton said. "I want to take my time, see some schools, but I don't want to take too much time. I just want to make sure I get that feeling that the school I pick is the right one."
When asked if there were any more schools he's interested in hearing from, Felton rattled off a couple, but also said he'd be fine if his list stayed the same as it is now.
, they've been talking to me a little bit," Felton said. "They could be getting close. And USC
also, that'd be really cool to get something from them. But I don't want to make it seem that I need to get offers from them, because right now I feel like I'm set, and that the coaches who've offered believe in me, not that they're waiting to see more of me."
Here's a video interview Greg Biggins did with Felton at The Opening L.A. Sunday, before the UCLA offer: