Lousiana Safety at UCLA Camp

Troy Giddens, the 5-11, 200-pound safety prospect from Louisiana who ran a blazing 4.4 40 at UCLA's Camp, talks about the schools he's considering and his ties to California...

Troy Giddens, the 5-11, 200-pound safety prospect from Hammond (LA.) High, said his ties to Los Angeles could be a factor in what college he decides to attend.

"I have people out here," said Giddens. "My aunt and uncle live in Newbury Park. I grew up here until I was like 13 years old. So I still have a thing for California. It'd make it a good thing to be able to come out here for college. It helps UCLA, definitely."

Giddens said the schools he's been hearing the most from that he prefers are UCLA, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Nebraska.

Among those, he said, Ole Miss and Nebraska have tendered written offers. "UCLA hasn't done a written offer, but they've told me pretty much they were offering me," Giddens said.

The speedy athlete, who recorded one of the fastest 40 times ever at a UCLA camp in recent years, running a 4.4 flat, said he's still wide open and considering his options. "I really don't have a favorite, not yet," he said.

When asked if hometown LSU offering him a scholarship would make a big impact, Giddens said, "That would mean something. But it doesn't really matter to me to stay in the state. I just want to see how everything works out. I want to wait and see who offers and make my decision later, I think."

How it worked out that Giddens came to UCLA's Four-Day Camp was the work of a UCLA assistant coach. "Coach (Eric) Bieniemy wanted me to come all the way out here for the camp," Giddens said. "He's been recruiting me and after he asked me to come it just worked out."

Giddens said he's a good student, with a 3.5 GPA, but needs to improve his ACT score. "I scored a 16 on it, but that was my sophomore year. I'm taking it again this coming fall and I'm sure I'm going to do well on it now."

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