WR/DB Prospect Gavin Ketchum

Even though he has very strong family ties to USC, 6-4 Oak Park athlete <b>Gavin Ketchum</b> has his own personal UCLA recruiter in best friend, Aaron Ware. He talks about his recruitment and UCLA's recent offer...

The ties to USC are strong for Oak Park (Calif.) High wide receiver/defensive back Gavin Ketchum (6-4, 190). But that doesn't mean UCLA is going to roll over on this one.

The Bruins became the first school to officially offer the athletic Ketchum, when they sent him a letter to tell him one was available for him. "I was shocked and honored to get a scholarship offer so early. I figured it would take some time for me to get an offer," said Ketchum, who received the offer the day before going to UCLA's Junior Day.

Ketchum is close friends with recent Bruin commit, Aaron Ware, and the allure of playing with his good buddy is something that intrigues him. "Aaron and I are real good friends. We hang out at the beach during the summer. We have talked about playing in college together. We have played against each other the last few years, but the thought of playing with him is pretty cool. I am calling Aaron my official UCLA recruiter."

While the offer from UCLA was big, Ketchum said there are still a trio of other schools he is currently considering. "I like UCLA, USC, Oregon and Oregon State. I visited Oregon and went to USC's Junior Day. Those are really my top four. I'm also hearing from Boston College and Nebraska (both invited him to their Junior Day's)."

The ties to USC are what makes the Trojans an intriguing possibility. "All three of my uncles played sports at USC, my unclem Bob Selleck, played baseball, Dan Selleck played basketball and Tom Selleck played volleyball for USC. But they told me that I shouldn't choose a school just because they went there. I need to choose a school where it is the best fit for me," said Ketchum.

At UCLA's Junior Day, Ketchum spent time with a many UCLA coaches: receivers coach Dino Babers, defensive backs coach Gary DeLoach, his recruiter Jim Svoboda and head coach Karl Dorrell.

"I really like the staff. Coach Dorrell is a great guy. I am not sure what I am going to play in college (receiver or safety), so I wanted to meet with both Coach Babers and Coach DeLoach. It was also cool to meet with Coach Svoboda. The staff really made me feel welcome."

Ketchum had a strong junior year, one in which Oak Park made it to the CIF Finals where they lost to Ware and Oaks Christian. "To get that far was great for us. Oak Park had never made it that far. But we want to win it now. That's why we are in the weight room all the time getting ready for this season."

An All-CIF and Ventura County pick, Ketchum had 41 receptions for 855 yards and 14 touchdowns (a school record), with 40 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 2 sacks and a safety on the defensive side of the ball.

This summer, Ketchum plans to attend a 1-day camp at USC, the Cal camp, and the Stanford Nike Camp, while also going to the Ventura County Coaches Combine.

He has a 2.9 GPA and scored a 1090 on his SAT.


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