UCLA Is Still Watching 3-Star RB Dylan Thigpen

Oct. 29 -- UCLA is still keeping an eye on La Verne (Calif.) Damien running back Dylan Thigpen, the three-star brother of former Bruin back Damien Thigpen...

La Verne (Calif.) Damien running back Dylan Thigpen is having a big senior season, a record-breaking one in fact.

The 5-11, 190-pound Thigpen has already broken the school rushing record at Damien held by Boise State and Fiesta Bowl legend Ian Johnson.

He's also closing in on the single season rushing record at Damien of 1,750, with 1,568 yards and two games remaining.

As a result, more schools are showing interest in Thigpen, who's got offers from Nevada and Idaho.

"Recruiting is going awesome," said Thigpen. "Nevada and Idaho have offered, but more schools are interested. Arizona State came to my game, Washington State is calling the schools numerous times and UCLA is always sending me letters. A lot of the Pac-12 schools really want to see me more. I've broken two school records and I'm hoping to break a few more. I believe the next offers are close."

Nevada had Thigpen on campus for an official visit and he enjoyed his time in Reno.

"I'm definitely looking at Nevada seriously since I had my official visit," said Thigpen. "Nevada really likes me and my official visit was really good. Coach (Brian) Polian is recruiting me personally."

UCLA is a school that Thigpen has liked for years since his older brother, Damien, was a running back for the Bruins.

"Coach (DeShaun) Foster started coaching the running backs when Damien was there so he's recruiting me and talking to me a lot," said Thigpen. "And Coach (Eric) Yarber came down in the spring."

Washington State likes Thigpen as an all-around prospect. "Washington State is looking at me as a DB too as well as a running back," said Thigpen. "They also like me to return kicks."

While his brother was used in a bunch of different ways, the younger Thigpen said he's more of a pure running back than Damien was. "I'm more of a between the tackles back, but you can still look for me to get a swing pass and get the first down and throw me the ball more," said Thigpen.

Nevada is in a good position for Thigpen right now, though he's not quite ready to make a decision.

"Nevada at the moment is the leader, but I’m not going to pull the trigger yet, I'm still weighing my options," said Thigpen. "They're recruiting me the hardest and I'm tight with the coaches. But I'm still open. I'm still enjoying the recruiting process."


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