Running back J.R. Hasty, 5-11, 200, the son of longtime NFL safety James Hasty, has seven offers, including a verbal one from the Bruins, and after visiting UCLA's 1-Day Camp in June, Hasty has plans to make a return visit to Westwood, this time for an official visit, as UCLA has made a strong impact in his recruiting.
"I'm definitely going to visit UCLA. I enjoyed the 1-day camp. It was a real nice campus, real big. Coach (Karl) Dorrell is pretty cool," said Hasty, who said the Bruins have verbally offered, but would make it official after looking over his transcripts. Defensive line coach Don Johnson is recruiting him.
With six Pac-10 offers, how did Penn State get into the mix?
"They saw some film and liked what they saw, and then they offered me," said Hasty, ranked the #7 prospect in the Northwest.
Hasty said that Penn State will also get a trip, and that the third place he definitely will trip to is Arizona State.
This summer, Hasty attended only the Nike Camp at Stanford (aside from UCLA), and felt he performed well.
"I didn't test, but I thought I did well in the drills. I felt I stood out, and a lot of the top players were there, and a lot of the coaches noticed me."
As a junior, Hasty rushed for 1,900 yards and 27 touchdowns. He was named to the all-Area team in Seattle.
With his father a Washington State alum, Hasty said he is getting no pressure from his dad to follow him to Pullman. He also said his dad has offered a unique perspective in the recruiting game.
"My dad said it is my decision, leaving it up to me. He mentions Wazzu, but he said its up to me to decide. Its cool though because he knows a lot of the coaches, and has some inside connections at the school. He tells me what the coaches will say and knows how political it can get."
Hasty did say that while he is in the backyard of Washington, the Huskies haven't really spent a lot of time recruiting him.
"I'll look at them, there's pressure here for me to play for the Huskies, but I think I want to get out of the state for school."
He will most likely take all five official visits before deciding, checking out all of his available options.
With a 3.0 GPA and a 1030 on his SAT, Hasty has no worries about qualifying, but says he wants to raise his grades anyway for his own sake.