UCLA is on WR/DB Marcus Everett

Having a huge senior season as a wide receiver, <b>Marcus Everett</b> has gotten new recruiting attention, including a considerable amount from UCLA. The West Hills Chaminade athlete talks about his football (and basketball) prospects...

One of California's top two-sport players is West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade's Marcus Everett (6-1, 195).

A high-major football prospect at either receiver or defensive back, Everett is also a mid-major basketball prospect as a point guard, and has scholarship offers from football and basketball in his back pocket.

Currently he is thinking about focusing on football, at least when it comes to which sport he'll sign a National Letter of Intent to play in college.

"I am thinking that I am leaning towards football. I would love to play both sports, but I think football is my first choice," said Everett.

In the football scholarship ledger are offers from UCLA, Fresno State, Utah and Oregon State. With hoops, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Clara and Utah are in the mix.

"UCLA is my favorite right now. It's local, a good program and I've gone to a lot of games there. I'm taking a trip to UCLA on December 19th, (the same weekend UCLA hosts Michigan State in basketball)."

He also has trips to Oregon, Boston College and Oregon State set up for January. "I want to take all of my trips, but if I took one trip that I really liked, I could commit. But I want to keep my options open," said Everett.

Everett is being recruited as an athlete by UCLA, where he could play either receiver or defensive back. He's had a huge year as a receiver at Chaminade, catching 59 passes for 1327 yards and 16 touchdowns. Many scouts who have seen him this season believe he could be among the best receiver prospects in SoCal. He also has four interceptions on defense playing cornerback.

"I prefer receiver. I could also return kicks in college too," said Everett.

Though he plans to focus on football in college, the allure of playing hoops at UCLA could be enough that, if the opportunity presents itself, Everett would love to walk on to the basketball team. "Oh yeah, it would be great to play (basketball) there," said Everett.

Chaminade is still alive in the CIF playoffs, facing Mira Costa this weekend in the quarterfinals.

When the season ends, Everett, who ran a 4.52 40 and jumped 34 inches in the vertical at the Nike Camp, will take his trips as well as play in the CaliFlorida Bowl. "There may be some conflicts with basketball and (recruiting) trips, but I'll work them out," he said.

Everett has a 3.4 GPA and scored close to a 1,000 on his SAT.


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