Trio To Keep Your Eye On

Three prospects from California have attended UCLA games or practices this fall and are waiting on offers from the Bruins: Tight end/defensive end <b>Chris Wilson</b>, wide receiver/defensive back <b>Justin Shaw</b>, and offensive lineman <b>Chris Joseph</b>. Here's the latest on them...

One of the top playmakers in California is Palmdale (Calif.) High WR Justin Shaw, 6-2, 195. Ranked the #10 wide receiver in the west, Shaw is hearing from just about everyone in the West, including schools in the the Pac-10, Mountain West and WAC.

"My top schools are Washington State, Oregon State, USC and UCLA," said Shaw.

While he has no offers, the recruiting attention isn't lacking for Shaw. But he is lacking attention on the field; Shaw hasn't been getting a lot of passes thrown his way, either at receiver or defensive back. Through his first two games, Shaw had only one touchdown reception, but did have a pair of interceptions as a corner. "It's cool. We're winning so that's what matters," he said.

While the scholarship offers are scarce, Shaw is pretty relaxed about it. "It's just giving me a chance to focus on my season. That's what's most important, my team now," said Shaw.

He is planning to set up a trip to Washington State, hopefully during the season so he can check out a game. He also has attended UCLA games at the Rose Bowl this year.

"I'm in no hurry so if offers come, I am going to wait until around signing day to make my decision," said Shaw.

At the Nike Camp, Shaw had a 4.5 forty, 35-inch vertical and did 18 reps on the bench.

A sleeper lineman from a school that has sent a few athletes to UCLA, including former football player Matt Mosebar and current basketball player Matt McKinney, is Santa Ynez (Calif.) High's Chris Joseph ( 6-5, 265).

An excellent student, Joseph has a 4.1 GPA and scored a 1350 on his SAT. He is strongly considering a major in engineering when he gets to college, and his list of favorite football programs is reflective of his great academic standing.

"I'm hearing mainly from Stanford, UCLA, Princeton and Dartmouth. That's probably my top four right now," said Joseph.

Along with those four, Joseph is hearing from the rest of the Ivy League, Oregon State, Colorado State, Northern Arizona and UC Davis.

UCLA is recruiting him as a guard or center, while Stanford is recruiting him as a blocking tight end. "I really like Stanford and UCLA. They are my 1-2. I'm hoping one of them offers me. I'm probably leaning to Stanford more, but they are both really good schools," said Joseph.

Joseph attended some of UCLA's spring and fall practices, and UCLA assistant coach Gary Bernardi is recruiting him. "He's a good guy. I like him and the staff there," said Joseph.

While Joseph has a good frame, he acknowledges that a redshirt year could do wonders for him. "I could probably put on another 15-20 pounds redshirting, working out and eating right."

At the Nike Camp, Joseph had a 5.4 forty, did 16 reps, had a 24 inch vertical and a 4.27 shuttle time.

Chris Wilson, 6-5, 235, San Clemente (Calif.) High, is one of Orange County's top ends, on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

Recruited as both a tight end (ranked No. 7 in the West) and defensive end, Wilson has a top five list of schools, and while only one has offered, he is anticipating more to come.

"I'm hearing from Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, San Diego State and UCLA. That's probably my top schools," said Wilson.

Wilson has an offer from Arizona, where he camped this summer (also camping at UCLA). After a few days in Tucson, Wilson came to Westwood for camp, and made what he hopes was a good impression on the Bruin staff. "I grew up watching UCLA, they were my favorite school, the local school. I've gone to their camp for the past three years. They wanted to see some more film and evaluate me a little more before they offer me," said Wilson.

Though San Clemente has gotten off to a rough start in 2003, Wilson is playing well both ways. The Tritons are primarily running the ball, making Wilson a glorified offensive linemen, but he is also seeing plenty of action at defensive end, even though most teams are running away from him. "We are running a lot so I am not getting a lot of passes. It's alright. I would rather play defensive end in college, so I am getting a lot of time there," said Wilson.

UCLA Defensive Coordinator Larry Kerr is recruiting Wilson, and he has been impressed with both Kerr and the rest of the staff. "Coach Kerr was who I practiced with at the UCLA camp, with the defense. He is a real good coach. I like all of them. They are a good staff," said Wilson.

He attended the first two UCLA games at the Rose Bowl this year.

"If the right offer came, I don't want to wait and then be left out to dry. If it came along, I would probably commit if it's the right school," said Wilson.

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