Desert Athlete Likes UCLA

Indio (Calif.) Palm Desert athlete James Dockery attended the Bruins camp earlier this summer and UCLA is in his top five, as he awaits a possible official offer.

UCLA has already gone into the desert to snag a commitment from Palm Springs (Calif.) High lineman Andy Keane, and the Bruins are heavily in the mix for another desert native in Indio (Calif.) Palm Desert athlete James Dockery (6-2, 175).

The receiver/cornerback has 10 official scholarship offers, from Colorado State, Fresno State, Oregon State, San Diego State, UTEP, BYU, Idaho, Northern Arizona, Idaho State and Sacramento State. Dockery also claims a verbal offer from UCLA. In addition, Washington and Oregon are also corresponding a great deal.

"The ones from Colorado State, Fresno State and Oregon State are the newest ones," said Dockery. "I'm getting about half the interest as a receiver, and the other half as a cornerback. In fact, it's mostly as an athlete. I really don't have a preference.

Dockery named his top five as UCLA, BYU, San Diego State, Washington and UTEP.

He has already set up his first official visit, to BYU on January 6th, and said he is looking to set up trips to Washington, Oregon and Fresno State. Dockery has already taken unofficial trips to BYU and San Diego State.

Dockery attended the BYU camp and UCLA camp this summer.

"BYU went really well. I had a talk with Coach (Bronco) Mendenhall and they really liked what I did. Then I went to UCLA and it was pretty fun. I ended up working out at corner and started learning it and picked it up quick," said Dockery, who is being recruited by Brian Schneider. "It doesn't look like I'd make an early commitment, unless UCLA maybe gave me a written offer, cause then it would be them. But I want to take some visits."

During his junior year, Dockery had 60 catches for 1,088 yards and 13 touchdowns and added 79 tackles and 7 interceptions on defense.

Academically, he said he was in solid shape with his GPA and he scored a 1500 on the SAT.


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