UCLA Could be Close On Nevada OL

The UCLA coaches are looking very closely at 6-5, 295-pound <b>Arturo Rodriguez</b> from Las Vegas (Nev.) High. Rodriguez, who attended the Adidas Camp on UCLA's campus last spring, talks about his favorites and what's happening with the Bruins...

Offensive line prospect Arturo Rodriguez (6-5, 295, 5.4) of Las Vegas (Nev.) High has eight total scholarship offers.

They are from: Colorado State, San Diego State, New Mexico, UNLV, Oregon, Oregon State, Nevada Reno and Utah.

"My top two are UCLA and Utah," said Rodriguez. "UCLA has been calling me a lot lately and said they will offer me. They are coming to my game tomorrow night (Friday) night against Valley. We're in the third round of the playoffs. We'll see what happens. UCLA is a great school and they've been pretty good and I've always kind of liked them. It's a great overall program because they have really good academics too."

Rodriguez doesn't have any official visits set yet. He said, "I'm gonna try to take all my trips. I don't want to rush it. I don't want to go too far away, but I do want to get away a little. Also, I want to go where they are known for having good OLs and RBs and where they have quality coaches."

In regard to his other leader, Utah, Rodriguez said, "Utah is doing great this season and I really like the coaches. Coach Urban Meyer is amazing. He demands hard work and expects nothing less from his players."

Who else will Rodriguez consider? "I also really like Coach Mike Riley from Oregon State. He's a great person and they have a great offensive line coach too. Stephen Jackson did awesome last year, so the O-line must be doing something right."

That gives him a pecking order of schools. "After the Bruins and Utah, I like Oregon State, Boise State, Fresno State and Oregon. Utah and Boise State are having an incredible season," he said.

When it comes to projected position, he said a few programs differ. "Most schools want me as a tackle, but the Pac-10 schools are saying guard."

Rodriguez maintains a 3.3 PGA and score a 970 on the SAT.


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