Athlete Gets Big Scholarship Offer

Alterraun Verner, the 6-0, 175-pound athlete from Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair, who is also a very good student, has been putting together a great senior season, and it got him a scholarship offer that could change his recruitment...

Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair two-way threat Alterraun Verner (6-0, 175) just received a scholarship offer he admitted he thought he'd never get.

"I just got off the phone with Coach (Karl) Dorrell and UCLA offered me," said Verner, referring to late Wednesday night. "They said that the written offer was coming in the mail tomorrow. Honestly, I didn't think they would ever offer me, but now that they did, it changes my recruiting."

Verner was hoping to take some visits, spend as much time as necessary going through the whole process, but the Bruin offer will probably expedite that process.

"I know that they only have a few scholarships left, so now I have to hurry up with my process a little more and decide if that's the place for me," said Verner.

UCLA offered Verner as an athlete, but said that they see his future likely being at cornerback.

Verner said the Bruins offer was big, especially to his mother, who wants him to stay local. "It puts UCLA at my top five. I wouldn't say I have a leader, but that I really have five schools I like," said Verner. "UCLA, Washington, Oregon, Boise State and Washington State."

All five of those schools have offered Verner, as has Wyoming, Wisconsin, Boston College and UC Davis.

Verner said he didn't know if he'd be committing any time in the immediate future, but that he expects to take a couple of weeks and then decide.

Last weekend, Verner took an unofficial visit to Boise State and said the trip left a favorable impression on him. "It was a nice school, with a great campus and a nice stadium. They played well in their game. I liked the people there and there is a family atmosphere at Boise State," said Verner.

This weekend, Verner will attend another UCLA home game, as he has on multiple occasions this year. "I was planning to go this weekend anyway, but now I'm really looking forward to going," said Verner.

Verner has put together one of the better seasons for any player in Southern California this year on both sides of the ball. He has 32 receptions for 635 yards and nine touchdowns, three carries for 96 yards and a touchdown, and a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Defensively, he has 48 tackles and four interceptions, including one he took back 102-yards for a score.

Academically, Verner is as solid as they come, holding a 4.15 GPA and a 1740 on the new SAT.

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