UCLA on List of Local Tight End

The 6-4, 235-pound tight end prospect from Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson, Howard Croom, has a Pac-10 scholarship offer and is looking for more, and tells about his list of favorites...

Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson doesn't get nearly the attention that fellow Moore League school Long Beach Poly gets, but Wilson has a prospect that is showing up on the radar of several Pac-10 school.

Tight end Howard Croom (6-4, 235) has one scholarship offer, from Oregon State, and is hearing from the rest of the Pac-10, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Tulsa.

"My top five is Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Arizona and Oregon," said Croom. "If UCLA or USC offered, that would pretty much put them at the top."

Croom has ties to Mississippi State as his father's first cousin is Bulldogs head coach Sylvester Croom.

"He's the one who kind of talked with my dad about recruiting and Mississippi State is a place I've got some interest in, but I really want to stay in the Pac-10. I'm not really looking to go there, but then I may take a trip there," Croom said.

Croom attended UCLA's Junior Day, where he spent time with Bruins tight end coach Jon Embree. "I like Coach Embree a lot and all that he had to say."

Croom kept himself very busy this spring and summer, attended over a half dozen camps and combines. He was at the Arizona camp, 1-day camps at Oregon State and Oregon, UCLA and USC camps, a camp at Santa Barbara City College and the Nike Camps at Stanford and Oregon.

"I did really well at the Nike Camp at Oregon. I ran a 4.89, jumped 28.5, did 13 reps and did a 4.53 shuttle. I also was 13-for-15 on catches," said Croom.

Croom said he wouldn't be making a quick decision.

"I'm really interested in Oregon State, but I want to take all 5 trips. I'm not going to commit early. I want to see all that I can," Croom said.

As a junior, Croom had 14 catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns.

Academically, Croom has an overall GPA of 2.66 (with a 3.14 this past semester), and scored a 900 on the old SAT, but will take it again in the Fall.

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