2017 DE Hunter Echols Has Dream School

Nov. 26 -- Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral 2017 defensive end Hunter Echols has a local dream school...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral 2017 defensive end Hunter Echols (6-4, 220), is one of the top pass-rushers in the West in his class.

Echols has been a frequent guest at UCLA games this fall.

And while Echols doesn't have an offer yet from the Bruins, if UCLA did extend an offer, it wouldn't be a long recruitment for him.

"I want that UCLA offer," said Echols. "That's my dream school."

Rhedi Short, Echols' teammate at Cathedral, was given an offer from the Bruins early on and committed on the spot. 

Echols said he'd do the same thing if offered.

"I'll commit right now if they offered me," said Echols. "I want to be a Bruin."

Echols said he's hearing from both the Los Angeles area recruiter for the Bruins and the defensive line coach.

"I'm getting recruited by coach Eric Yarber and coach Angus McClure," said Echols.

Echols said he's staying patient, though, and knows that things could wait until after Signing Day.

"I think once they are done with their 2016 class, they will offer me," said Echols. "They like me as a defensive end."

Echols has one offer, from San Jose State, but a couple of other Pac-12 schools are watching him.

"Washington State and coach Roy Manning is recruiting me and Washington too," said Echols.

Cathedral is still alive in the CIF-SS playoffs, moving on to play La Mirada (Calif.) on Friday in the semifinals.

On the season, Echols has 77 tackles, 27 for loss and 17 sacks. He's also broken up four passes, recovered three fumbles and forced two of them.

And he plans to participate on the 7v7 circuit when the season is done.

"I'm going to play a little linebacker in 7v7," said Echols. "But I'm mainly a defensive end."


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