UCLA Targets Eben Britton

UCLA is in desperate need of offensive tackles, and Burbank (Calif.) Burrough's 6-6, 270-pound <b>Eben Britton</b> is a prime UCLA target. He talks about his recruitment...

UCLA is targeting offensive tackle prospects in this upcoming class. With one commitment already from a tackle (Crenshaw's Aleksey Lanis), the other top tackle on their list is Burbank (Calif.) Burroughs' Eben Britton (6-6, 270).

The big, mobile Britton first caught our eye last year at the UCLA 4-Day Camp, where he was one of the best underclassmen at the camp.

Now, he finds himself as a big recruiting target for UCLA, as well as several other schools, and he has a pretty solid top three schools he's interested in.

"UCLA, Arizona, San Diego State are all pretty locked in as my top three. Washington State and Oregon are also in my top five," said Britton, who grew up a Miami fan as a Brooklyn native.

Moving to California five years ago, Britton has plenty of west coast schools that are pursuing him, having offers from each of his top five as well as from Oregon State and Arizona State. In addition, he has verbal offers from Washington, Oklahoma and Purdue.

Britton attended UCLA's Junior Day this spring, where he met with both his chief recruiter, assistant coach Jim Svoboda, as well as offensive line coach Tom Cable.

"Coach Cable is just awesome," said Britton. "He is a great coach and I really enjoyed meeting with him. To me, the biggest thing for a school is which coach will help me get the most out of myself."

Britton played primarily right tackle the last two years for Burroughs, but will move to the left side this year. "I told my coach I wanted to move to left tackle this year so I could give our quarterback some more time and protection from his blindside."

Britton plans to attend UCLA's 1-Day Camp next month, as well as Arizona and San Diego State's camps this summer.

He had initially hoped to make a decision about which college he'll attend before Burroughs begins practice, but now he said he may wait. "There is just so much to take in, and I want to see everybody," he said.

Britton did indicate, though, that staying local would have its advantages. "My parents would like to be able to see my games, but they'll be happy wherever I decide to go."

Britton has a 3.5 GPA and scored a 960 on his SAT, qualifying him, but he plans to retake the SAT this October.


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