JC Lineman Has Things Shaken Up

Nick Ekbatani, the 6-5, 285-pound offensive line prospect from Harbor JC was pretty certain he was going to Miami -- before he took his official visit to UCLA this weekend...

With three official visits taken before he tripped to UCLA this weekend Los Angeles (Calif.) Harbor JC offensive lineman Nick Ekbatani (6-5, 285) now has to make a decision between the two schools he's favoring..

"My trip was so great," said Ekbatani. "But this is the toughest decision I'm ever going to make. I'm just trying to decide. I've got a few days to make a decision and I'm just trying to get all of the resources. It's totally down to UCLA and Miami."

Ekbatani said he was leaning towards the Hurricanes prior to visiting UCLA, but that the trip to Westwood has thrown it all up in the air.

"I thought I had my decision made on Miami. Then when I was at UCLA, I was like ‘uh-oh, I love it here'. Now I'm basically choosing between two unbelievably great opportunities. And probably the part I hate the most about it is I am going to have to tell one school no," said Ekbatani.

Ekbatani was hosted by Bruins offensive tackle Noah Sutherland. "Noah is a good guy. I met a few of the linemen, Sonny Tevaga, Chris Joseph, Aleksey Lanis. Basically the only guys I didn't meet were the senior linemen," said Ekbatni.

The Bruin staff told Ekbatani they like him as a tackle, specifically at weakside, and he would come in and compete for the starting job next fall. He said: "I sat down with Coach (Karl) Dorrell and coach (Tom) Cable and they expect me to come in and play, which is a big turn on for me, I want to play early. They like me at (Ed) Blanton's spot on the weakside, and if I word hard, they feel like I could be the starter there," said Ekbatani.

Ekbatani said while he's torn between the two, the Bruins have the slight edge. "Honestly, both programs are unbelievable. They are similar in a lot of ways. The only disadvantage for Miami is it's so far away. I'm talking with my family, meeting with a lot of people close to me to get some advice since I can't make a decision on my own," said Ekbatani. "It's just going to be hard. UCLA is great and it's so close to home. I think that based on that UCLA has the lead now."

He said he would like to make a decision before the weekend, and by the beginning of the JC signing period, which is Wednesday, Dec. 21st.

"The best thing is that I am getting no pressure from either school. I'm the only JC player each school is recruiting," said Ekbatani.

Ekbatani raved about the rest of the trip, being able to take his mom along. "I wasn't really familiar with UCLA," he said. " I had not been into it until lately. It's a ridiculous campus, every single major I want they have. Plus a UCLA degree is awesome, second to none and you can't beat that. I loved the facilities, love the coaches and feel I fit real well with the team. My mom has kind of pushing them, too," said Ekbatani.

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