UCLA Near Top for Safety

Rated the #5 safety in the country by TheInsiders.com, <b>Craig Steltz</b> from Louisiana is one of UCLA's top recruiting targets at the position. He told us about his recruiting...

His big brother plays football for LSU, and while Metairie (LA) Archbishop Rummel safety Craig Steltz (6-2, 202), is very familiar with the Tigers, he's interested in several other schools outside of the Bayou.

"LSU is really the only school I have seen. I know pretty much everything there is to know about them, since my brother plays there, and it's close to home," said Steltz, whose brother Kevin is an LSU fullback.

His list of schools he is interested in consists of UCLA, Colorado, Florida State, Alabama and Michigan State, aside from LSU. He confirmed that UCLA has offered im a scholarship.

When asked how UCLA got involved in his recrutment, Steltz offered this: "They found me. Coach (Eric) Bieniemy is recruiting me, and he said he really liked me. He is an awesome dude and I am hearing a lot about what they are doing at UCLA."

Steltz, rated the No. 5 safety in the nation by The Insiders.com, plays free safety for Archbishop Rummel, and though he can play either free or strong, he is leaning towards anchoring the secondary. "I could see myself playing both, but free safety is where I prefer. But honestly, it doesn't matter to me."

With all of the natural advantages of LSU, Steltz would seemingly lean towards the Tigers, but that is not necessarily the case. "Sure, I like LSU, but I want to hear and see what other schools have to offer. I want to take all of my visits. I definitely want to visit UCLA. Right now, I have few schools to compare LSU to, so I want to see what else is out there."

Steltz's timetable on his decision will probably carry him into January, after he has taken a handful of his visits, not sure whether he'll take all five available trips.

He has a 3.5 GPA and scored a 17 on his ACT, fully qualifying him academically.


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