Three Standout Recruits for 2006

With the recruiting season for 2005 nearing a close, here's a look at three prospects from the 2006 class that recently said they have a strong interest in UCLA: quarterback <b>Nathan Costa</b>, wide receiver <b>Menelik Holt</b>, and running back <b>Andrew Harris</b>...

Height: 6-4
Weight: 205
40 time: 4.65
Bench: 285
Squat: 415
Clean: 245
From: San Diego, California
High School: St. Augustine

As a junior, Menelik Holt caught 44 passes for 780 yards and 12 touchdowns. He played defensive end for two games and returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown. Holt was named first team all-league. He also plays basketball where he set the school record for rebounds in a playoff game last year (22). He plays center and averages 10 points and 16 rebounds a game.

His early top schools are Michigan, Oregon, Arizona State, Colorado (born in Denver), UCLA, San Diego State, and Cal. "Michigan is my favorite. I have always liked them."

He receives the most mail from CU, ASU, and Washington. Holt also receives many items from Notre Dame and Cal. He will be visiting Eugene soon for Oregon's junior day.

Holt admits it could be tough to pry him from his home-state. "I wouldn't mind staying in California if I can."

This is one of the reasons UCLA is such an attractive school to him. "I went to see them play against San Diego State this year with Jason Forcier. I really enjoyed myself. I would love to stay in California, mainly because of the weather. My second cousin, (wide receiver) Alex Ghebreselassie, goes there and he really likes it. I am going to go visit him soon."

Arizona State has known about Holt for a while now. "They would come and look at me when they would watch Jason play. I have been to Tempe and I love the atmosphere there. Walking around campus it seems like a great place to be."

Holt describes himself as a hard worker. "I get to school at 5:30 in the morning and work out until 7:30 almost everyday. I want to be the best no matter what I do and I feel the work I put in off the field separates me from others on the field. It is my goal to catch everything."

St. Augustine will be led this year by the little brother of Jason Forcier, junior-to-be Chris Forcier.

Holt carries a 3.0 core GPA and scored a 1440 on his Pre-Sat. He would like to major in Business. "My grandmother owns some businesses in Ethopia and down the line I would like to go there, learn the language, and run them for her."

He plans on taking the SAT and ACT this spring and fall.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 198
40 time: 4.74
Bench: 265
Squat: 405
From: Hilmar, California
High School: Hilmar

Nathan Costa is expected to be one of the top handful of quarterbacks to come out of the Golden State next recruiting cycle. As a junior, he was named first team all-state for small schools and second team all-state under-class. He was the league MVP and county player of the year. Costa is a player that really impressed at the Berkeley MSL Combine last summer.

Costa threw for 2,200 yards, 24 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He finished with a 61 percent completion rate. Costa also ran for 700 yards and six touchdowns.

"I have the ability to make plays when they are needed most," he says. "I can come through in the clutch and I never give up."

Hilmar head coach Craig Handy says of Costa, "He has a great understanding of the game. He is willing to work as much as he is asked to so he is very coachable. He is a vey focused player that is constantly taking the steps needed towards getting better."

Costa is already receiving handwritten letters from Arizona State and UCLA. These are two of his early top five. "I like Arizona State, Arizona, Northwestern, UCLA, and Washington. Arizona State is number one for me.

"I have been getting a lot of mail from them and have been researching them on the internet. I like everything I am seeing and hearing with Arizona State."

Running Backs coach/recruiting coordinator Tom Nordquist is after him for the Sun Devils.

UCLA is the lone California program on his early list and he has been receiving handwritten letters from recruiting coordinator/defensive line coach Don Johnson. "I have a cousin who went there and loved it. I really like the campus and even though I am from a small town, I like the big city atmosphere."

Costa says that he is currently receiving the most mail from ASU and Northwestern. He will for sure attend the Northwestern one-day camp and another MSL Combine this summer.

He carries a 3.3 core GPA and is taking his ACT on February 12th, and his SAT on March 12th. Costa would like to major in Criminal Justice or Criminal Science.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 214
40 time: 4.87
Bench: 300
Squat: 450
From: Woodland Hills, CA

Andre Harris was one of the better looking running backs in attendance at last weekend's Army junior combine. He ran a 4.87 laser 40 and showed good quickness in the drills. "I will be going to another MSL camp this summer to get my 40 time down," he explains.

As a junior, at Palisades Charter High, he rushed for 900 yards and three touchdowns on 106 carries. On defense, he added 10 tackles and an interception returned 99 yards for a touchdown. He has transferred to Woodland Hills Taft for next season. "We got a new coaching staff at Palisades and they wanted to try every running back out throughout the season. Not until the end of the year was I getting the majority of the carries."

Harris says that he is currently receiving the most mail from Notre Dame and Florida State. "My top schools are UCLA, Fresno State, Alabama, Louisville, and Notre Dame.

"UCLA is my top school. My brother went there and I love their rivalry with USC. I went to their camp last summer and they invited me up to a couple of games last season. I like the offense they run."

Harris carries a 2.8 core GPA and is taking classes soon to help better prepare him for the ACT and SAT. He is unsure of what he would like to major in.

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