Vereen Now Has Local Option

Shane Vereen, the running back/cornerback from Valencia (Calif.), has a good variety of schools to pick from that have offered him a scholarship, with the option of going away to school and now, because of a recent offer, having the option of staying close to home...

Valencia (Calif.) athlete Shane Vereen (6-0, 175) wants to stay close to home to play his college football, and he recently received an offer from the school closest to his home.

Vereen, who is both a running back and defensive back for Valencia, received a scholarship offer from UCLA recently.

"I'd like to stay in the Pac-10, stay close to home so that my parents can see me play," Vereen said. "I'm sure they would love for me to stay close by so they can see my games. But I'm open for everything."

Vereen's options have expanded considerably, in fact. With UCLA's offer, and another recent offer from BYU, Vereen how has scholarship offers from a total of eight schools, including Colorado, Arizona State, Nebraska, Washington, Ole Miss and Oregon.

Among those schools, though, Vereen said he has no current preference. "There is no real favorite. All of them are pretty wide open," said Vereen. "I'm just looking to see what they all have to offer."

The offers have been coming steadily since last winter, as college coaches have reviewed film of Vereen and seen him in person on Valencia's campus during the current evaluation period. "Oregon offered me a little bit before Christmas. That was pretty cool," said Vereen. "They were the first school to offer me."

Despite growing up in Southern California, Vereen's favorite school growing up was Florida State. "All the Florida schools were my favorite. I didn't live there, I just liked them," said Vereen.

Vereen indicated that a decision about college isn't imminent.. "I'll decide when the time is right. I'm not looking for a deadline, if I feel like I found what I like, then I'll commit," said Vereen.

Another issue for Vereen is what side of the ball he'll play on in college, with most colleges being really impressed with his potential as a cornerback. "I would love to play running back, but if I really like a school and they want me to play cornerback, I'd love to play there."

Vereen said UCLA offered him as an athlete. The Bruin staff was able to have a little extra face time with Vereen when he visited campus for UCLA's Junior Day. Vereen said: "It (Junior Day) was nice. I really got to get a good feel for the school and the coaches. I've talked to the defensive coaches and the offensive coaches as well and they said they like me on both sides of the ball. Coach (Jim) Svoboda is the recruiting coach from my area."

Vereen also attended Junior Days at USC and Oregon.

As of now, Vereen isn't sure if he'll be attending any camps or combines because he's running track for Valencia. He may attend the Combine this coming weekend. Vereen said his GPA is fine and he will take the SAT this Saturday.

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