Savage said that the UCLA coaches indicated they were going to extend a formal scholarship offer this week, and that changed things for him.
"I like UCLA and the fact that they'll offer me makes a difference," Savage said. "I really had a lot of fun here at the camp. A lot of fun. I'd say that I'm 99% sure this is where I want to go. I'm pretty sure."
When the UCLA coaches told him they'd be offering him, Savage remained composed, though. "I said, ‘Thank you,' and that I'd think about it. (After they offer) I then want to talk to my parents about it. But it's a big deal."
So, why is UCLA at the top of his list? For a football player who is also a Pac-10 level shotputter and discus thrower, UCLA has its advantages. He said, "I've always liked UCLA. Plus, I can play football and also do track here. They have a great track program. UCLA is also good for me because of the medical field. I might go into sports medicine and UCLA has great medical."
At the camp, Savage participated in both the offensive and defensive line drills during the day. He said, "It was great to do both here. I really want to play defense, but I'll play either side in college."
Savage measured at 6-3 ¾, and weighed in at 337. He's actually lost some weight in the last year or so, about 25 pounds, and he said he thinks his ideal playing weight is about 310.
He currently holds a 3.1 GPA and just took the new SAT in March, but doesn't have his scores back yet.
Savage wasn't sure if he'd come back to UCLA's four-day camp in June, or attend next week's Los Angeles Nike Camp. "I've got a pretty busy track schedule," he said. "If I can work out those camps with my track schedule, I'll try to make them."