Could UCLA Get Everson West?

Cedric Everson, the 6-1, 180-pound defensive back/receiver from Detroit (Mich.) Mumford, currently has 30 scholarship offers. Do the Bruins have a chance with this athlete -- who has indicated he could make a commitment fairly soon?

With limited scholarships to offer for the class of 2007, UCLA has been focusing their efforts on prospects from California. However, they've offered two players from the state of Michigan, hoping to entice them to leave Big Ten country and come west.

Detroit (Mich.) Mumford cornerback/receiver Cedric Everson (6-1 ½, 180) joins Derek Knight as the Motor City's two prospects to receive an offer from UCLA, and the Bruins are doing well with Everson.

"I've got about 30 offers right now," Everson said. "My top five is Georgia Tech, UCLA, Minnesota, Iowa and Penn State. I'm going to visit UCLA and USC when school gets out and check out the campus and L.A."

The Bruin staff offered Everson last month and they've been keeping in consistent contact with Everson. "Coach D.J. McCarthy came by my campus and visited the school. I've talked with him a lot, and I talked to Coach (DeWayne) Walker and Coach (Karl) Dorrell," said Everson.

Everson can play on both sides of the ball, either at defensive back or receiver, and he said his versatility has both offensive and defensive coaches on the Bruins staff pining for him. "Coach Walker said he wants me to play either safety or corner and Coach McCarthy said he wants me to play receiver. Coach Dorrell said he just wants me to play there," said Everson.

Everson said that the Bruins were running a close number two behind Georgia Tech, a place he visited earlier this spring. "Georgia Tech was real cool. I got along with the coaches and I liked the school a lot," said Everson. "They're my leader."

Surprisingly, Everson said the two in-state schools have shown only sporadic interest and, as it stands, he plans to leave the state for college.

This weekend, Everson will be at the Combine in Louisville. He has been running track for Mumford, where he is one of the state's top runners, doing the 100m, 200m and 400m.

Everson has indicated that he could likely decide in July or August.

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