Stanford Commit Sione Lund Eyeing UCLA Official Visit

Jul. 1 -- UCLA jumped into the race for a Stanford commit this past spring evaluation period, and the talented two-way athlete is looking to set an official visit...

Sione Lund committed to Stanford last November but plenty of schools have continued their pursuit and a new one joined the chase Thursday.

USC extended a scholarship offer, throwing its name into the hat for the four-star athlete from Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton that has versatility as a power back or linebacker at the next level. The Trojans have some recent history at Brighton, signing Lund's former teammate Osa Masina in 2015.

"You can't go wrong with USC," Lund told "I love the history of winning at USC and the passion for football every player there has. I have a solid relationship with coach (John) Baxter and coach (Johnny) Nansen, and they're guys who just tell me straight up and want me to come in early and compete.

"And Osa (tells me) he's loving it out there. He's representing with both the ones and twos, so he's excited. ... USC is huge for me and I will visit."

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound prospect remains committed to the Cardinal but has continued listening to other recruiters, with the intention to take official visits this fall.

"I'm committed to Stanford," Lund said. "I've let coaches know that and I'm just keeping an open mind."

Up next on the itinerary, Lund said, is solidifying official visit plans with a pair of big-name schools.

"I'm going to plan officials with LSU and Michigan," Lund said. "UCLA is probably another official I'll take. I keep growing a strong relationship with coach (Marques) Tuiasosopo and coach (Kennedy) Polamalu."

Lund, the No. 238-rated prospect in the Scout 300 and No. 4 athlete in the West, rushed for 1,184 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 113 carries in 11 games as a junior last season. He added 123 total tackles, including five sacks, on the defensive side of the ball.

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