Hypolite is a Familiar Face

<b>George Hypolite</b>, the 6-2, 230-pound fullback prospect from Los Angeles Loyola, is a familiar face at UCLA's practices. He spoke to us about his recruitment, and why he might not have a scholarship offer yet...

On the first day of UCLA's fall practice, one of its most frequent visitors from the spring was again in attendance. Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola fullback George Hypolite, (6-2, 230) was there on opening day, as he was often back in April, catching the Bruins practice, since he was weeks away from Loyola's drills.

On the recruiting front, it's been much of the same for Hypolite: plenty of contact but still no offer yet.

"I'm still hearing from schools, but it's not the way it was back in April," Hypolite said. "Maybe it's because it's summer and schools are focusing on practice, but it's not as heavy as it was. And I'm not talking with my coach every day, so I am not sure what schools he is talking with."

Hypolite still has the same group of schools he's interested in as he did in spring. Along with the Bruins and USC, Hypolite is also interested in Oklahoma, Florida State and LSU.

One thing Hypolite conceded may have played a factor in a fall-off of recruiting attention was his absence from the spring and summer camps.

"Personally I'd rather do it on the field, with the pads on. As a fullback, so much of what we do is when we have the pads on. I'll block, lay guys out, and you don't do that at the camps. Sure I can run a forty, sure I can bench press, but my skill is between the white lines and I have to have the pads on to really show what I can do. I'm really the only position you can't fully show what you can do until you're in pads."

So with the first offer yet to come in, Hypolite knows he doesn't have to rush a decision, and said that in just a matter of weeks, recruiting will take a back seat.

"Once our season starts, I'll worry about recruiting in December. We have a lot of focus on our season. A lot of people thought what we did last year was a fluke, so we are really focused on the season. We're mentally ready, mentally there. I feel pretty confident about this year. If we are fluke, I'm happy about it, we won. I don't dwell on last season though. Now we're going out, it's a whole different team."

Hypolite burst onto the season as a 2003 junior with an outstanding showing against Long Beach Poly in the CIF Division I Finals, rushing for 89 yards on 12 carries. He finished 2003 with 110 carries for 669 yards and four touchdowns.


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