Alex Akingbulu Sets UCLA Official Visit

Aug. 18 -- The Narbonne offensive lineman will visit UCLA officially early in the season...

Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne offensive tackle Alex Akingbulu (6-5.5, 255) is still focusing on the same four schools he has been for a while.

“It’s the same list of schools: UCLA, Cal, Utah and Michigan,” said Akingbulu.

All four will get an official visit from the three-star tackle, but two have already been set.

“I’m just working on setting my official visits up with Michigan and Utah, but they’ll for sure get them,” said Akingbulu. “UCLA and Cal I have set them up already.”

And Akingbulu is planning to knock those visits out early in the season.

“I’ve set UCLA up for September 19th against BYU and then I’ve set up Cal for October 3rd (against Washington State),” said Akingbulu.

Akingbulu said those four remain the top schools for him, though a couple others are trying to get involved.

“I’m focusing on those four mainly but USC has been showing me some interest and talking with my family and Tennessee is showing some interest too,” said Akingbulu.

Akingbulu said he doesn’t anticipate dragging out the recruiting process until Signing Day.

“I’ll probably decide closer to after the officials, after I’ve taken the officials,” said Akingbulu. “I’ll have a pretty good idea and I know what I want in a school.”

Despite the early offer and attention from UCLA, as well as the ties to the school, his sister is a student there, it wasn’t until late June that Akingbulu finally got a chance to visit the school.

“I went up to UCLA the week after Coach (Adrian) Klemm came back,” said Akingbulu. “I was there during their skills camp and I went by and walked around with him and talked with him. I went up with my sister.”

Klemm offered Akingbulu early in the process, but once he was away from the program, Akingbulu wanted to wait until he returned to take an unofficial visit.

He said he and Klemm hit it off.

“We had a good conversation. Coach Klemm is a great guy and we have a good relationship. We talked about a lot of things. I like the way he knows the game, especially offensive tackles and he’s a real good coach,” said Akingbulu.

Akingbulu also got to meet head coach Jim Mora.

“I got to meet all of the coaches and Coach Mora too,” said Akingbulu. “He’s a real cool guy. He’s pretty hip and up-to-date with things.”

Akingbulu said his sister does a little recruiting for UCLA too.

“She knows what’s best for me and she’s letting me decide and letting me take my time,” said Akingbulu. “She knows its my decision. But she does say I need to go to school with her.”

Akingbulu said he continues to add the weight he lost in basketball but knows he still has room to grow.

“I’m 255 right now, but it’s a better 255 than last season,” said Akingbulu. “I’ve put on more muscle.”

Akingbulu and Narbonne are the defending City Section champs and have their first scrimmage next week when they take on Chaminade.

They’ll open the season on September 3rd when they host Long Beach Poly.


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