Another Paraclete Line Prospect

The 6-3, 290-pound two-way lineman, Cory Yriarte, attended UCLA's Junior Day Saturday. Yriarte goes to the same school, Lancaster Paraclete, as UCLA's committed offensive lineman, Jake Dean, while getting recruiting attention in his own right...

Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete is the home to future Bruin offensive lineman, Jake Dean. A fellow lineman who is a year behind him, but expects to get attention from college recruiters, is junior Cory Yriarte (6-3, 290).

Yriarte has been receiving interest from several schools around the country and he was one of the offensive linemen invited to UCLA's Junior Day over the weekend.

"Oh, it was awesome," said Yriarte. "The campus is beautiful. I hadn't walked around the whole thing before, but I got to see the whole campus."

While there, Yriarte met with coach Dino Babers and new offensive line coach, Jim Colletto.

"I talked a little bit with Coach Colletto. He knows his stuff. I asked him what they are doing with offers, and he said they have one or maybe two offers for linemen this year. I'd love to get an offer from them," said Yriarte.

Yriarte had visited San Diego State earlier this spring for their Junior Day and developed a good relationship with the coaches there, primarily offensive line coach Jonathan Himebauch. "San Diego State is sending me handwritten letters weekly," said Yriarte. "I'm also interested in Northwestern, Oklahoma and Washington."

When Dean committed a year ago, his recruitment didn't end, with schools issuing him offers following his verbal commitment to UCLA. So Yriarte knows that an early commitment doesn't necessarily stop the recruiting process. "Maybe I would commit early. Jake said that schools offered him after he committed," said Yriarte.

Yriarte is set for a busy spring, scheduled to attend the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles in May, the Nike Camp at Stanford and another combine in Santa Barbara. He's also planning on going to some team camps this summer.

"I'm going to the camps and combines for more exposure," said Yriarte. "I just want to perform well."

With the size to play inside on the offensive line or defensive line, Yriarte said he will have to make a decision which side of the ball he'll end up on. "I think for my size, I could play either center or defensive tackle. But I prefer center. I feel more comfortable there," Yriarte said.

Ideally, Yriarte said he'd like to take all five official visits before deciding on a school.

Academically, he has a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT in the spring.


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