JUCO OL To Visit UCLA

Los Angeles (Calif.) Harbor offensive lineman Nick Ekbatani will take an official visit to UCLA during the Bruins big recruiting weekend on December 16-18 and will make his decision shortly thereafter.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Harbor offensive lineman Nick Ekbatani (6-5, 285) will be tripping to a pair of Pac-10 schools in the next two weekends, the third and fourth visits he will be taking.

Previously having visited Kentucky and Miami, the freshman out of Torrance (Calif.) South High will be ready to make a decision following his fourth visit and sign on the first day he can, December 19th, with the plan of enrolling in January so he can participate in Spring Practice.

"I'm going to Washington this weekend, then I'm going to UCLA next weekend," said Ekbatani. "I already took a trip to Kentucky and I went to Miami last weekend."

Ekbatani said that the Hurricanes stood as his leader.

"Coach (Larry) Coker and Coach (Art) Kehoe talked with me a lot when I was there. They offered me and right now, they are ahead," said Ekbatani.

The Hurricanes and Bruins both said they like Ekbatani as a tackle while Washington and Kentucky like him as a guard.

"Some say guard, some say tackle. I guess you could say I'm an offensive lineman," said Ekbatani.

With no offers out of high school, Ekbatani went the JC route and its paying dividends quickly.

"I was pretty small after high school. I looked into walking on at some places but the coaches at Harbor said it would be a mistake to walk-on. Instead they told me to spend at least one semester at a JC and they would get me somewhere. And it's been happening. I worked my butt off and now I have some good options," said Ekbatani.

With Miami the leader, Ekbatani said that UCLA and Washington rounded out his top three.

Wherever he goes, he'll have four years to play three seasons.

"I think wherever I choose, I can play next year and probably don't need to redshirt. That's what its coming down to, where I can play early. I'm just a wreck right now deciding on where to go. I love Miami, Washington and UCLA. It's going to be tough," said Ekbatani.

Between the Washington and UCLA trips, Ekbatani will have his in-home visits.

Academically, Ekbatani said his grades were good enough from high school to allow him to transfer.


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