Local Athlete One to Watch

He's 6-1, and 225 pounds, and is being recruited at various positions -- wide receiver, safety, and linebacker. He also hails from a local high school that has five former players on the current Bruin roster...

One high school that UCLA has done well recruiting the past few years is Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. The Bruins have five former Braves on the roster, quarterback Pat Cowan, running back Derrick Williams, receiver Joe Cowan, defensive tackle Ken Lombard and long snapper Riley Jondle. Two-year starting tackle Paul Mociler, who graduated this past spring, as also a former St. John Bosco Brave.

So it's no surprise that the Bruin staff is scouting out another Brave, this one being athlete Jamar Brown (6-1, 225). Brown has one scholarship offer, from Arizona, but is hearing consistently from Washington, Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington and UCLA.

"My top schools are Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Arizona State, Colorado and UCLA," said Brown. "I talk with Pat (Cowan) and Kenny (Lombard) quite a bit. I just spoke to Pat earlier this week. It would be cool to play with those guys again."

The question Brown needs answered is what position he will play in college, as some schools project him as a receiver, some as a safety and some as a linebacker. One scout even mentioned him as a potential running back. "I'll play wherever, it doesn't matter too much to me. But to be honest, I'm thinking either receiver or free safety," Brown said.

Recruiting Brown to the Bruins, aside from his former teammates, is UCLA receivers coach Dino Babers. "I've talked with him some and I really like Coach Babers. UCLA is a good school and it's close to home. I don't have a leader right now though. All the schools are even," Brown said.

Brown attended the Beyond2000 Elite Camp as well as the Adidas Camp at UCLA earlier this spring.

During his junior year, Brown had a team best 20 catches for 403 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Brown said he is working hard to make up some classes from early in high school. He has a 2.7 GPA and is awaiting his SAT score, but plans to take it again in the fall.

When it comes to time frame on a decison, Brown said, "I'm going to weigh my options, do visits later and then decide. I'm in no hurry."

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