Will UCLA Go After Gutierrez?

The big quarterback from Concord De La Salle, Matt Gutierrez, has a big list of schools, but is UCLA on it?

Matt Gutierrez, 6-4, 200, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, had been considered one of the best quarterback prospects in the west, until he broke his wrist in the middle of the season last year. It seemed that, because of the injury, some schools might have backed off a bit.

First, Gutierrez, wanted to emphasize that the recovery from the recovery from the is going well. "The wrist is doing great. I do everything normally. I don't know if I'm throwing completely as strong as I was before. But it's coming back. I'm not going to think about it, though, or let it affect me."

Gutierrez said, though, that he's getting quite a bit of a recruiting attention again, from many schools across the country. Gutierrez has always been one to have a huge list of schools he's considering, and he still maintains a big list.

He said his list currently includes Oregon, Washington, Cal, Notre Dame, Michigan, LSU, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Miami.

Why isn't UCLA on the list? "UCLA and USC aren't showing that much interest," Gutierrez said. "That's basically why. They send me letters, but they're not showing interest like the other schools. All of the other schools have offered me a scholarship, except for Florida State. UCLA and USC haven't. I'd take a closer look at them if they offered and started recruiting me harder."

When it comes to committing soon or waiting, Gutierrez is torn. "I think it's going to be some time before I commit. But I don't think it will take until February. Quarterback slots tend to fill up pretty quickly. Quarterbacks want to go where they want to go, and I'd like to get my first choice while they still have a slot open."

Gutierrez said that over the next couple of weeks he'll work on trimming his notoriously large list. He said he'd like to narrow it down to a smaller list of schools that would be candidates for official visits. "I'd then like to take all of my trips," he said. "But I'm not sure it will be necessary. I've been to Cal and Michigan, and all three of the Florida schools. Because of that, I'm not sure where I'll officially visit, I haven't really decided."

The big, strong quarterback prospect said he has no preference for staying out west. "I don't care necessarily if I'm in the Pac-10. Anywhere that's the best place for me."

And the chance at immediate playing time isn't a lure for him. "I think it's a good idea to redshirt. You get a year under your belt, get acclimated socially and academically. Learn the football system. Of course, if I went somewhere and ended up winning the number one or number two job as a freshman, I'd be happy to do that, from a competitive standpoint. But realistically, not many quarterbacks can do that and be succesful immediately.

Gutierrez said he has a 3.3 GPA and scored a 1070 on the SAT.


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