UCLA Recruiting Los Alamitos D-End

The Bruins haven't offered Toby Turpin, the 6-4, 240-pound defensive end from Los Alamitos, but his performances this spring at the camps and combines has generated interest from UCLA, and others...

Los Alamitos (Calif.) High defensive end Toby Turpin (6-4, 240) has been a frequent participant at the camps and combines this spring, so it was no surprise to see him at the Stanford Nike Camp on Saturday.

Turpin continued to show he's a prospect to consider, again looking good in the drills. "I didn't do as good in the training and testing part as I did in the drills and the one-on-ones. I ran a 5.0 flat forty, but it was better than I ran last week (at the Scout.com Combine). I ran a 5.07 there. I did really good in the drills."

The primary schools that Turpin is hearing from include Notre Dame, Colorado, UCLA, Washington State, Fresno State and Oregon State, yet he waits for his first scholarship offer.

"My top three schools are UCLA, Washington State and Notre Dame," said Turpin.

Turpin was at the UCLA Lineman's Camp in April and worked out with new defensive line coach Thurmond Moore. "I like Coach Moore a lot," said Turpin. "He's a real good coach and does a good job teaching us technique."

Turpin said the Bruin staff has been actively recruiting him and the idea of staying close to home is something that he is strongly considering.

During the 2004 season, Turpin anchored the Griffins defensive line and was one of the standouts on the Los Al defense, along with UCLA-bound John Hale, and helped them reach the CIF Division I finals. Turpin had 49 tackles with 4 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles for the Griffins.

"We had a really good year last year, but people aren't expecting us to do much this season. So we're just working harder."

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