UCLA On Louisiana OL

UCLA again takes advantage of the recruiting prowess of its new coaches as it gets involved with an offensive line prospect from Louisiana, <b>Aaron Meyer</b>...

The Eric Bieniemy-Jon Embree-Colorado connection continues to pay some dividends for UCLA, as another player who was previously recruited by them has shifted that interest towards the Bruins.

Offensive line prospect Aaron Meyer, 6-3, 285, River Ridge (LA) John Curtis, is hearing from a host of schools, and according to Curtis head coach J.T. Curtis, the Bruins are right in the mix for Meyer.

"I know that Aaron really likes UCLA, Curtis said "They are about where they need to be with him. He has some interest in Colorado and some other schools down here, but I know he really likes coach Bieniemy and coach Weber. He has a lot of interest in them." Meyer's interest in UCLA comes mostly from his previous relationship with Bieniemy, who was recruiting him while he was at Colorado. Meyer's interested went West with Bieniemy, putting the Bruins in a good spot to land him.

"This isn't really a new experience to Aaron. He has been through recruiting with several of our other players, so he knows what to expect," said Curtis.

Curtis says that Meyer is one of his most versatile linemen, and can play anywhere on the line. "Aaron could play tackle, he can play center, but I think he plays guard. He would like to play some defense, but our guys don't play both ways, and he excels on offense," said Curtis.

While Louisiana is usually LSU country, the Bruins have had some success down there recently, landing Kirby Joseph in 2002, and Chris Horton in 2003. At the same time, the Meyer family has sent others out of state to school. "Aaron's older sister plays volleyball for Florida State and his brother plays at Northern Alabama, so I know that his family would not have a problem with him leaving the state," Curtis said.

Meyer has flown under the radar some, but playing for one of Louisiana's power programs, a school that has sent several players on to the Division I level, should help him in the long run. "I usually tell our guys to handle their recruiting during the summer, focus on the season, then concentrate on their recruiting when the season is done. If we have the season we should, the offers will be there, and Aaron knows that."

Meyer is fully qualified.

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