UCLA Looking for Kicks

UCLA has offered Justin Medlock, one of the most highly regarded kickers in the west. Medlock has UCLA as his clear favorite, and it could all be over very soon...

Justin Medlock, 6-0, 185, Fremont (Calif.) Mission San Jose, has been offered a scholarship by UCLA, and it sounds like he's going to take it.

"I've always liked UCLA," Medlock said. "I like the academics, weather, the environment, the big city, they have a good tradition of kickers, just about everything about it. I was just waiting for them to offer me, and now that they have, I'm pretty sure that's where I'll go."

Medlock is also considering North Carolina and Oregon. He took an official trip to North Carolina last weekend, which he said didn't go really well. "It was allright," Medlock said. "It wasn't the best for me. I'm a California kid I guess. I think they also thought that I was going to go to UCLA anyway. They wanted me to commit, and when I didn't, I think they were disappointed."

Medlock has a trip planned for Oregon this coming weekend, and then one for UCLA on December 7th. He said, though, that he'd probably know for sure where he wanted to go after this coming weekend. "I'll probably know after I take my trip to Oregon. Oregon is a good program, and I really like Coach Bellotti. He's a kicking coach. A lot of people don't know that. But I like California weather better, and I think I'd rather be in Los Angeles. We'll see. After I take my trip to Oregon I think I'll be really sure. I'll probably know by next week."

So, might Medlock commit to UCLA after his Oregon visit? "I could. I might just know what I want to do and not commit and then commit on my visit to UCLA. I don't know, I'll see." The one aspect that Medlock said could get him to commit to UCLA quickly is if they offered another kicker. "They told me they haven't offered any other," he said. "If they did, they said they'd call me. And if that happened, I'd commit. I don't want the one ride going to someone else."

Medlock plays on a team that won only one game this year, so he didn't get the opportunity to kick many field goals. He did make 4 of 6 attempts on the season, with a long of 48 yards (and he said the two attempts he missed were from beyond 50 yards). He also averaged over 43 yards a punt, while 90% of his kick-offs for the year weren't returned. He did point out that he is already kicking off the ground rather than a high school tee.

UCLA is recruiting Medlock as a kicker, Oregon as a punter and North Carolina as both.

Medlock said that he's fully qualified, with a 3.0 GPA and an 1120 on his SAT.

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