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Titus Young, the 6-0, 170-pound senior from Los Angeles University High, which is just a few miles away from UCLA, is seeing his recruitment pick up after playing well the first few games of the season. He tells us about UCLA's interest and that of the rest of the Pac-10...

Los Angeles (Calif.) University athlete Titus Young (6-0, 170) is anxiously awaiting the first scholarship offer to come his way, but said that he thinks a school could be very close.

"Boise State is the closest to offering," said Young. "They said that they want my tape from my first three games and if it looks good, then they'll offer me."

Young said that a few more schools have also asked for more film to in order to possibly extend Young an offer.

"UCLA is on it, too," said Young. "Fresno State, Washington, Cal and Oregon, they all want to see the film. The biggest problem was not having my film for them to see it. If they had gotten in, I'd have offers. I've been killing in every aspect this year."

Young has three interceptions through the first four games and is averaging eight tackles a contest. Offensively, he has 600 all-purpose yards and three 100-yard receiving games. Young had three touchdowns against L.A. High, one an 89-yard kickoff return and the other two through the air. In that game, he had five catches for 149 yards.

"I'm just going to keep on ballin' on both sides of the ball," said Young. "Schools are recruiting me as an athlete, but I think they want me as a receiver. I'm just going out and playing and when they get my tape, the offers are coming."

Young said that even if the first few offers rolled in, he doesn't have an immediate plan to commit. "I'm not going to commit, I'm going to hold back and see what my options are. I'm not favoring anyone right now anyway. I'll take the same approach with everyone," said Young. "I want to take my visits, too."

Young was at UCLA's game against Stanford last weekend and has been staying in close contact with the Bruin staff. It was at the UCLA camp earlier this summer that he began to get some attention. "I did real good there and the coaches told me they wanted to get my grades," said Young. I'm taking the SAT in November and I have a 2.66. I got a 1030 on the first one. I'm giving them my tapes and let them break it down. I'll be back at UCLA on Saturday (for the Arizona game)."

UCLA assistants DeWayne Walker and D.J. McCarthy have been the coaches recruiting Young. "They're real cool guys," said Young. "Coach Dorrell has been recruiting me, too."

Young had a good summer on the passing league circuit, being named the MVP of the Watts Games (where University did well but lost to Verbum Dei in the playoffs). That came off a junior year where he had 30 receptions for over 600 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, he had 50 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions in 2005.

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