UCLA Back on Schwartz

It's been an on-again, off-again relationship between UCLA and offensive line prospect <b>Geoff Schwartz</b> from Pacific Palisades. But it looks like it's back on now, according to Schwartz...

Pacific Palisades (Calif.) High offensive line prospect Geoff Schwartz (6-7, 300) has switched gears from football to basketball with Palisades being out of the City Section football playoffs, but now while he focuses on the hardwood, he is still working out his recruiting for football.

The mammoth offensive tackle was recently named to the California roster for CaliFlorida Bowl, giving him another chance to play football, and by the time that game is played the first weekend in January, Schwartz says he will know where he is going to be continuing his football career.

"I'll know when I am done with my trips (which will be finished the third weekend in December) and then I'll decide before CaliFlorida," said Schwartz.

Schwartz takes his first visit this weekend, to Oregon, then will go to Arizona next weekend and UCLA the 19th-21st. Oregon and Arizona have both offered, and he expects a UCLA offer the weekend of his visit.

"I don't really have a favorite," he said. " Those three are my top schools, and I'll just decide after my trips."

Schwartz's parents are UCLA alumni, and he has attended several games at the Rose Bowl over the years. UCLA had offered him early, then cooled on him, but now look to be recruiting him again. While the Bruins are the logical choice, with family ties and the proximity to home, he knows that it's his decision, and his parents will support him either way.

"Yeah, they went there, but they want me to make the decision since it will affect me the most," said Schwartz.

When he visits Arizona, he will be there the same weekend that new Wildcat coach Mike Stoops will be starting in Tucson, coaching the Big 12 Championship Game this weekend before heading to Arizona. Schwartz said, "I'm looking forward to meeting him and his staff."

Schwartz expects to play left tackle in college, but could play on the right side as well, though his preference is blocking the quarterback's blindside. He also will leave the decision to play right away or redshirt to the coaches wherever he chooses.

Schwartz is fully qualified academically.


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