NorCal Linebacker Looking for Offers

The 6-1, 225-pound linebacker from Northern California, <b>J.J. Kulusich</b>, had a standout junior season, and is now doing the camp and combine circuit looking to generate some scholarship offers while hearing from the entire Pac-10...

One of the linebacker prospects at the recent UCLA Skills Camp was San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian linebacker J.J. Kulusich (6-1, 2225). Kulusich also was in attendance at UCLA's Junior Day.

The transfer from Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis has been keeping busy this spring, taking in camps, Junior Days and unofficial visits at a heavy rate while trying to find potential suitors for his services.

Kulusich is hearing from a good number of schools, including all of the Pac-10, Nebraska, Michigan State, Boston College, Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State.

"My top five are California, UCLA, USC, Washington and Oregon," said Kulusich. "I was at Cal's Junior Day this past weekend, and I was at UCLA and USC's, too."

While at UCLA's Junior Day, Kulusich spent time with both defensive coordinator Larry Kerr and defensive line coach Thurmond Moore, as well as head coach Karl Dorrell. "I really liked meeting with the coaches there. It was a good chance for me to talk with them."

The next major event for Kulusich will be the Nike Camp at Stanford, where he is hoping to perform well and get some scholarship offers. He said, "I don't have any offers yet. Coaches are telling me they want to see more of me, so I'm doing the camps and combines."

Along with the Nike Camp, Kulusich was at UCLA's 1-Day Camp, plans on being at Cal's 1-Day Camp, and is choosing between the USC and Washington contact camps this summer.

Kulusich declined to name a leader. He said, "Growing up, we were primarily a UCLA family. My dad was at UCLA. But I'm open right now. I don't want to commit early and then find that a school I thought was a good fit for me, wasn't. There is some family pressure to go down South, but there is a lot of support for me to stay here in the Bay Area and go to Cal."

During his junior year at St. Francis, Kulusich earned all-WCAL recognition. He's shooting for more this year at Valley Christian, who is a league foe of his former school.

Academically, Kulusich has a 3.3 GPA and said he will have no problem qualifying for college. He said, "Academics are important to me. I won't play football forever, so a good academic school is a big deal. I want to major in Biological Science."

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