"Everyone is preparing extra for us, trying to knock us off. We're getting everyone's best shot," said Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola athlete Trason Bragg (6-0, 185). "We can't get lazy. We lost two weeks ago to Hart, because we didn't play good prevent defense. That's what we get every week." Bragg has been one of the standouts for the Cubs, along with fellow UCLA recruit, fullback George Hypolite. The pair were able to attend the UCLA-Arizona after their heart-breaking loss to Hart.
"UCLA was my favorite school growing up. I was at the game that Saturday and it was a nice win. They look pretty good. I'm hearing from them, Michigan State, Washington and Utah primarily," said Bragg.
"Coach (Don) Johnson is recruiting me. But I also got to meet Coach (Gary) DeLoach at the Junior Day. I like them both," said Bragg.
"I'm pretty wide open. It would help if I got my first offer, so I can start narrowing it down, and setting my official trips. But I just keep performing and hoping that someone offers. Most schools said they wanted to see some more film," said Bragg.
On the season, before last week's game against Bishop Amat, Bragg had seven touchdowns and was averaging 7.5 yards a carry, while manning the Cubs secondary at strong safety.
"I had a real big hit against Hart that really got the team fired up and got the crowd fired up. Some school are recruiting me as an athlete, but it's primarily as a safety. I like to hit and cover, and probably prefer defense. Only one school is recruiting me as a running back."
Bragg and Hypolite both grew up UCLA fans and have talked about playing together in college, though they are anything but a package deal.
"It comes up from time to time, but we both know it's a matter of the right fit for us where we end up, and if it's together, then great," said Bragg.
Bragg intends to take all five of his official trips before making a decision, and said that it will probably be after the Cubs are done with their season before he starts making those trips.
He has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 960 on his SAT, qualifying him, though he plans to retake the SAT.