LB Prospect Steve Sloan Looks Good

Steve Sloan, the 6-3, 230-pounder from San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty, is considered one of the best linebacker prospects in the state, and he talked to us about the school that's offered him and sits atop his list, and the one that could offer...

There were several UCLA prospects at the Stanford Nike Camp this past weekend, and one player that the coaching staff was expected to keep a close eye on was San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty linebacker Steve Sloan (6-3, 230), one of the top linebackers in the state.

Sloan was set to attend the Combine last weekend in Los Angeles, but on the Friday before, he suffered a minor hip injury and pulled out. Still not fully recovered, Sloan pushed through this weekend at the Nike Camp, hoping to impress the numerous college coaches in attendance.

"I thought I did pretty good," said Sloan. "I just started running at the end of the week, so my testing numbers weren't as fast as I usually do, but it felt better."

Sloan, who runs in the 4.6 range, and has clocked a 4.59, scratched his forty time because he wasn't happy with it. He did the shuttle in 4.5, did 29 reps on the bench and jumped 29 inches in the vertical.

In the positional drills and the one-on-ones, he looked like he was recovered, showing good footwork, and nice explosion, and made several nice plays during the drills.

With the UCLA coaches in attendance, Sloan was hoping that his efforts stood out." (UCLA Assistant) Coach McCarthy came by (the school) and said that they would be watching me and evaluating me at the camp," said Sloan.

Still, his only offer is from California, and the Bears maintain the top spot in his recruitment. "I'd probably put Cal at the top at this point. Even if UCLA or someone like Notre Dame offered me, Cal would be my leader. They've shown me a lot of attention," said Sloan. "I'm hoping that UCLA offers me soon. I want to see what all of my options are before I make a decision."

Sloan has said that the Bears and Bruins have been his top two schools all along, but the Irish coaching staff has been keeping tabs on him. "Notre Dame is supposed to come by the school on May 18th (Thursday)," said Sloan. "They've been showing a lot of attention lately."

Other schools that have been active with Sloan include Utah, UNLV and USC.

Sloan said he is planning to make an early decision, which could come in the next month or at least before the season starts. "I'm planning to make a decision right before summer," said Sloan. "If I have to wait until the end of summer, then I will."

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.

Academically, Sloan said he was an easy qualifier.

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