Elite Recruit Now Looks at UCLA

UCLA, particularly UCLA coach Eric Bieniemy, has been working hard to get seriously involved with elite running back/defensive back C.J. Gable from Sylmar, and it looks as if that hard work has started to pay off...

It seems that for sometime UCLA has been playing catch-up in trying to get Sylmar (Calif.) running back C.J. Gable (6-1, 190) to return their interest in him. It's appearing that their diligence is starting to pay off.

Gable attended the Bruins home opener against Rice on Saturday, and they have made a major move onto his top five list.

"My top five is USC, then UCLA, Oklahoma, LSU and Florida," said Gable. "I'm looking at UCLA very seriously now. They look a lot better than they used to and I like Coach (Eric) Bieniemy a lot, too. They were one of the first schools to call me (after September 1st.)"

Gable has three official visits set up for the fall. He will first visit Ole Miss on November 19th, then he'll visit Oklahoma and LSU on consecutive weekends in December (the 11th and the 18th respectively).

He hasn't decided if he'll take official visits to USC or UCLA.

"I know they both want me to take official visits, but I'm not sure I'll take them because they are close enough to take an unofficial visit to," Gable said.

This weekend, Gable is going to attempt to go to both UCLA's and USC's home games. The Bruins play Oklahoma at 12:30 and the Trojans host Arkansas at 7 p.m. "I know I'm going to at least one, but I may go to both," he said. If I can only go to one, I'm not sure which one I'll go to."

Gable said he plans on taking all five of his official trips and wouldn't be announcing a decision until he's completed all of them.

While he's listed as the No. 6 running back in the nation on Scout.com, Gable could also see his future be on the defensive side of the ball, at either corner or safety, though he has no preference.

Sylmar, under former UCLA defensive tackle London Woodfin (1991-1994), opened their season with an easy 47-0 win over Palisades. "I played well. I rushed for 170 yards and 4 touchdowns. They didn't go to my side on defense, though. Now we've got Inglewood coming up," said Gable.

Academically, Gable has a 2.7 GPA and will retake the SAT in the fall, after scoring a 1020 on the new one when he took it in the spring.


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