D-End Prospect Alex Probasco

The 6-4, 245-pound Alex Probasco from Manhattan Beach Mira Costa was one of the best junior defensive lineman in the L.A. area last season. Having attended UCLA summer camps since he was a little kid, he tells us about his early school preferences...

Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa defensive end Alex Probasco (6-4, 245) was one of the prospects that attended UCLA's Junior Day earlier this month, and the visit to Westwood solidified Probasco's interest in the Bruins.

"I loved it. I got to see the campus and it looked nice," said Probasco. "UCLA has great facilities, the coaches seem real nice. It was a cool environment."

Probasco admitted that UCLA has a substantial lead for him, though an offer from the Bruin staff doesn't guarantee his immediate commitment. Probasco said, "I really do like UCLA, but even if they offered, I'd want to see my options. But that would boost them up. UCLA is my childhood favorite. I grew up going to camps there since I was a little kid and I plan on going there again this summer for a camp."

While at Junior Day, Probasco met new defensive line coach Todd Howard as well as head coach Karl Dorrell. "Coach Howard is a great guy. I really like him. He's really cool. Coach Dorrell, I didn't get to talk a whole lot to, but he knows me. He was busy that day," Probasco said.

Aside from the Bruins, Probasco is receiving interest from Georgia Tech, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Fresno State, Oregon State, San Diego State, Arizona State and Brown. "I don't have any offers. Some schools want to see some film of me. They want me on the defensive line though," Probasco said.

If he could, Probasco would stay out West. "My family wants me to stay close to home, and I want that too. Staying in California would be nice," Probasco said.

This spring, Probasco will be at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles as well as the Nike Camp in Los Angeles.

During his junior year, Probasco had 66 tackles, four sacks and scored six offensive touchdowns, playing some running back.

Academically, Probasco has a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT on June 3rd.


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