'Backer Prospect Steve Sloan

UCLA will be recruiting the linebacker position in the class of 2007, and a player they like, from Northern California, has mutual interest in the Bruins.

San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty linebacker Steve Sloan (6-3, 230) joins Sacramento (Calif.) Grant's Terrance Pritchett as one of Northern California's top linebackers.

Sloan also joins Pritchett on UCLA's recruiting board as a potential target at linebacker.

"I've talked with UCLA and California and they're both very interested. They said they want to see me at the combines and the camps," Sloan said. "I'm just waiting on offers."

Sloan grew up a Stanford fan, being near the Palo Alto campus, and while the Cardinal are in his top three, the Bruins and Bears stand out.

"UCLA and Cal are my top two schools, but I'm getting letters from every Pac-10 school" Sloan said. "I grew up a Stanford fan, but as I got older, my views began changing."

And between the Bears and the Bruins, who leads?

"They're both even, but I have to say I'm favoring UCLA more. I really want to stay in the Pac-10, and both UCLA and Cal are good opportunities," Sloan said. "If one offered, I'd commit. It might be the first one who offers me that I'll commit to."

Sloan plays primarily inside linebacker for Archbishop Mitty, but said come college, he'd be able to play outside or strongside if a switch was necessary.

Last season, Sloan had 63 solo tackles and 70 assisted tackles, two sacks and an interception and also played goalline fullback, scoring a pair of touchdowns on 10 carries. He ended the year an all-WCAL first team selection.

This spring, Sloan will be at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles then a week later, he'll be at the Nike Camp at Stanford. In June, he'll be at UCLA's 1-day camp.

Academically, Sloan said he was an easy qualifier.

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