UCLA Moves up for Athlete

The 6-3, 180-pound Richard Sherman from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez, wasn't mentioning UCLA much until recently, with the Bruins currently among the top three on his list...

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez receiver/athlete Richard Sherman (6-3, 178) has set two of his official visits, to the two schools he considers favorites, and is planning to finalize the details on his last three trips.

One school that doesn't figure to get an official visit, but is currently his #3 school is UCLA.

"UCLA and Colorado are tied for number three behind Stanford and Mississippi State," said Sherman. "I could take an unofficial there though so I probably won't take an official trip to UCLA."

Stanford is Sherman's leader, and he is going to take an official trip there in early December. He is also scheduled to visit Mississippi State the weekend of Thanksgiving when they host rival Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl. "I really like the coaches at Mississippi State," said Sherman. "Coach Croom has talked with me and he is a great person. Coach Moses is recruiting me at Stanford and Coach Embree is recruiting me for UCLA. The head coaches are great, too, Coach Harris and Coach Dorrell. I'd feel comfortable at any of those schools."

Sherman said that aside from Stanford and Mississippi State getting his trips, he would like to set up visits to Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

"Oregon and Washington haven't offered me yet, but they want me to visit and could offer me then," said Sherman. "I've already taken one unofficial up to Stanford."

His offers are from Stanford, Mississippi State, UCLA, Colorado, UNLV and Nebraska. While most schools are recruiting him as a receiver, Sherman said that UCLA was recruiting him as an athlete, but that he preferred receiver.

Sherman said he plans to take all five of his official visits and won't be making a decision until January at the soonest.

On the year, Sherman has 15 receptions for 558 yards and nine touchdowns and 25 tackles and 7 deflections as a defensive back. The Dons are 7-1, including an upset over Long Beach Poly. They play Warren this weekend for a chance to clinch a tie for the San Gabriel League title.

Academically, Sherman is fully qualified and said that finishing the Stanford application was a huge relief for him.

"Man, it wasn't the funnest thing in the world to do, but it had to be done," said Sherman.

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