Why Didn't Everett Commit?

It was thought that wide receiver <b>Marcus Everett</b> from West Hills Chaminade could verbally commit to UCLA on his official visit last weekend, but he didn't. Where is he now in the process?

For a while, UCLA has been the leader for West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade athlete Marcus Everett (6-1, 195). And while the Bruins didn't get a commitment from him this past weekend when he took his official visit, it further strengthened their lead for him.

"It went good, it was a good trip," Everett said. "It was a lot better being there on my official visit then when I just went to campus. I was able to compare it to Washington State (his other visit). Oregon is my only other trip scheduled, and I'll go there in January. After that, I'll probably make my decision. But UCLA still is my leader."

Everett was hosted by the popular host, linebacker Justin London. "Justin is real cool. He made me feel real comfortable, introducing me to guys and just hanging out. He's a good guy," said Everett.

The most appealing part of UCLA is the availability for playing time at receiver. "Coach (Jon) Embree said I could come in and play right away. That is definitely attractive. I like Coach Embree a lot. He is like a technician. He shows you how to run your routes correctly, and he'll break them down technically."

Everett also spent some time with head coach Karl Dorrell. "Coach Dorrell and I talked some this weekend. He is a real cool guy. He's had some struggles this year, but he'll bounce back and have this program on top. The jersey they had for me was number 8 and that was Coach Dorrell's number, and he said those would be some shoes to fill."

On his visit, Everett was joined on Saturday by his parents, and with his mom being the most vocal supporter of UCLA, it was what she was hoping for. "She is pushing me to stay close to home. She does want me to take some trips to make sure I am not missing anything, but I think she wants me by her. The academics are the most important and the football is just a bonus."

Everett was originally scheduled to visit this coming weekend, but a basketball tournament in San Luis Obispo won out. "It worked out good for me. We went to dinner, went to the Rose Bowl, went to the basketball game. We got to watch practice on Saturday."

Everett, probably a mid-major basketball prospect, has also toyed with the idea of walking on to the hoops team, though he hasn't given it too much thought right now. "When I commit, I'll talk with the football coaches and have them talk with the basketball coaches, but football is my priority."


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