Another Verbal -- "More or Less"

A recruit who visited this weekend says he "more or less" committed on his official visit this weekend. What's the story?

Chris Joseph, OL, 6-4, 275, Santa Ynez (Calif.) High, said it wasn't clear cut, but that he "more or less" committed on his official visit to UCLA this weekend.

"It wasn't a real clear cut thing," Joseph said. "But I think they generally consider me committed. Generally I have."

When asked why it is a bit uncertain, Joseph said it was just because of the circumstances. "This morning, at breakfast, Coach (Karl) Dorrell offered me a scholarship. I then told him that this is where I want to be. I didn't say I was verbally committed, just said I was coming and this is where I want to be."

Joseph, who said he's gotten bigger and stronger in the last year, is also still just 16 years old, turning 17 in the next week. He reportedly has quick feet, and, being so young, thought to have some upside. "I played tackle in high school, and the UCLA coaches told me I could play tackle or guard in college. Coach (Gary) Bernardi is recruiting me."

The weekend's vist went really well for Joseph. "It went very well. I got to watch the team practice, tour the facilities, tour the school, and talk to counselors. There was a lot of good food. We went to Lawry's."

Joseph said he has also been recruited by Stanford, Dartmouth and Princeton. "I've gone through the admissions process for Stanford but haven't heard back on it from them."

Joseph said he had a visit scheduled for Stanford in January. He wasn't sure if he'd take the trip, and indicated that he possibly wouldn't when he firmed up things with UCLA. When asked if he would formally verbally commit to UCLA soon, Joseph said, "Yeah, I will. Probably in the next couple of weeks."

Joseph is obviously a good student, saying he maintains a 4.26 GPA and scored a 1390 on his SAT.


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