Al Verner is Academic Type

The 5-10, 165-pound athlete from Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia, <b>Alterraun Verner</b>, is getting attention from UCLA and Stanford early because of his 4.16 GPA as well as his talent on the football field...

Alterraun Verner, the 5-10, 165-pound cornerback prospect from Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair, had a good showing at UCLA's Skills Camp a couple of weekends ago.

What's particularly attractive about Verner, especially to UCLA, is his 4.16 GPA and 1110 SAT.

"Yeah, education means a lot to me," Verner said. "I want to go to a school that's known for its academics."

Verner said he's hearing from UCLA, Stanford, Wyoming, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Oregon and Washington State, while having no scholarship offers in the bank just yet.

He said, "I just sent tape to some of the schools. I just sent it to UCLA. So, I'm hoping I'll hear back once they watch it. Some schools have been hinting at offering."

Verner looked good at UCLA's camp, particularly in the one-on-one drills. He's pretty thin, while he has good quickness. His speed perhaps is the issue that could keep schools from offering early; at UCLA's camp he ran a 4.8 40. He, though, doesn't have any formal training in running, and some scouts believe that he'll shave off a couple of tenths of a second once he does.

Last season, as a receiver, he had 32 catches for 705 yards and 11 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he registered 60 tackles, with two interceptions. He also had a kick-off return for a touchdown. Because of his prowess on both sides of the ball, Verner said most schools are recruiting him as an athlete.

When it comes to favorite schools, Verner said they were a few: "I like UCLA and Stanford, and probably Wyoming. UCLA is probably number one for me. It's the local school, with a good academic reputation, and I've been going there for youth camps since I was a kid. If UCLA offered, I'd really have to think about it. I would probably commit pretty soon if they offered."

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