'Backer Has UCLA High on List

Terrance Pritchett, the 6-3, 210-pounder from Sacramento (Calif.) Grant, was recently tabbed the 13th-best linebacker prospect in the nation by Scout.com, but without attending camps and combines this spring, he's still only received six scholarship offers. Four of his top five schools, in fact, haven't offered yet...

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant linebacker Terrance Pritchett (6-3, 210) is up to seven scholarship offers as his junior year comes to a close, and before he begins his senior season, Pritchett hopes to have his decision made.

Arizona, Colorado and Washington were the first three schools to offer Pritchett and Washington State, Nebraska, Nevada and San Diego State have since joined that list.

Yet Pritchett's list of his top five schools include four that have yet to offer him, though he's holding out hope that they do.

"Arizona is my leader," said Pritchett. "UCLA is next, then Notre Dame, California and Virginia Tech. Washington and San Diego State would be after them. My plan is to make an early decision before the season starts."

Pritchett, who earlier this month was ranked No. 13 nationally by Scout.com at linebacker and given four stars, said that Arizona's lead stems from the attention that the Wildcat staff has paid him and, should he decide before the 2006 season kicks off, they would have the edge.

But he said that UCLA is just behind the Wildcats. "UCLA said that they really want me," said Pritchett. "If they don't offer me, it will be alright, but I'm hoping that they do. (UCLA) Coach (Gary) DeLoach has been the coach I've talked to. I've liked them for a while. It's a good academic school and would be a good situation for me."

Pritchett said that the Irish have been a team he's watched and he'd liked to get more interest from them. He's also been interested in Cal has been a school hand said he's plenty familiar with the Bears. "I've been there unofficially to look at the school for a U.S. All-American tour," said Pritchett. "They're close to home and a good program."

Two other nearby schools, Stanford and Fresno State, have been keeping an eye on Pritchett, but at this point they're on the outside looking in.

Pritchett said one thing that could have kept offers from rolling in was his decision to not participate in any camps or combines this spring. "I didn't go to any camps because I just want to work out with my team and be ready for this season. We have a competitive schedule and we need to be ready for that," said Pritchett.

At 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, Pritchett said that some schools think he'd be a good fit at safety though most of his attention is at linebacker. He'll also play tight end this fall for Grant but said that is just to help his team, not for auditions for the future.

Pritchett believes he can play either linebacker or safety. "My forty is in the 4.6 range, but I like to hit," said Pritchett. "No one has talked to me about being a defensive end, but they like me as an outside ‘backer or a strong safety."

During his junior season, Pritchett had 135 tackles and nine sacks for Grant, leading them to the section semifinal and earning all-state underclass second team honors.

Pritchett has a 3.5 GPA and said that he achieved a qualifying score on the SAT this past spring.


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