More on WR Austin Usher

After another site spoke with <b>Austin Usher</b>, the standout junior wide receiver prospect, last week, we also spoke with him, and got more on his opinion of recruiting and his early favorite schools...

In its own backyard, UCLA can find one of the Class of 2005's premier wide receivers in Los Angeles (Calif.) Jefferson receiver Austin Usher, 6-3, 185.

The lanky, speedy receiver looked strong on last year's camp tour, then had an effective junior season, catching 21 passes for 595 yards and 8 touchdowns.

"I had a pretty good season last year, but I expect next year to be even better, because I hope to be stronger and faster," said Jefferson, who clocked a 4.4 at the Los Angeles Nike Combine last May.

On the recruiting front, Usher is wide open, but has a solid top five, three of which are in the Pac-10.

"I like Oregon State, UCLA, Michigan, USC and Florida State. I don't have any offers yet, but I am probably going to get offers from Oregon State and UCLA when I finish my SAT's," said Usher.

Oregon State and UCLA are Usher's early leaders, with the Beavers holding a slight edge, thanks to a familiar advantage. "My brother (Beavers freshman lineman Whitfield Usher) plays there and we are real close, and always dreamed of playing in college together. He is telling me about the whole recruiting process, since he went through it before," said Usher.

Meanwhile, the Bruins have the allure of early playing time and playing close to home. "I went to a couple of games at the Rose Bowl last year and always watched them growing up, plus UCLA is a great academic school and it's close to my family," said Usher. Usher again plans to spend the summer at various Nike Camps and team camps, and is in no hurry to make a decision. "I think I want to take all of my trips, see what's out there, then make a decision."

Usher has a 2.8 GPA and will take the SAT in March.

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