UCLA Picks it Up With AZ RB/WR

UCLA already has a prince playing basketball, now it's recruiting the 6-2, 183-pound running back/receiver Prince Amukamara from Glendale (Ariz.) Apollo. Having a strong senior season, Amukamara has seen his recruitment pick up, and talks about UCLA's intensified involvement...

Glendale (Ariz.) Apollo running back Prince Amukamara (6-2, 183) is holding steady at six scholarship offers, with three more schools showing a legitimate interest in the explosive back.

"I've been offered by Colorado, UTEP, UNLV, Nebraska, Fresno State and Wyoming," said Amukamara. "UCLA, Florida and Nevada have all been talking with me and they each said they might offer."

In fact, the UCLA recruitment of Amukamara is picking up steam. "UCLA sounds kind of serious with me," said Amukamara. "Coach (D.J.) McCarthy said it's a real possibility that they will offer me. He told me to leave a visit open for them."

For the time being, though, Amukamara's top three schools are Nebraska, Fresno State and Colorado, based on their offers to him.

Amukamara was hoping to visit Colorado this weekend but was still uncertain if that would happen. He is scheduled to visit Fresno State on December 8th and then Nevada on December 15th.

Playing running back for Apollo, Amukamara said some schools are looking at him as a receiver, and he's not opposed to splitting out wide. "Honestly, as long as I get to stay on offense, I don't care where I play," said Amukamara. "I play free safety, but I'm playing offense in college."

UCLA is recruiting Amukamara as a receiver. And though he weighs only 183, he's setting his goal to be 200 when he starts college. "I want to be at least 200, but hopefully more but maintaining my speed," said Amukamara. "I run a 4.49 forty."

Amukamara said a decision wouldn't be coming until January, after he takes all of his visits. "Some bigger schools are coming in late," said Amukamara. "UTEP and UNLV offered me as a junior, but more schools are finding out about me. So I want to be able to evaluate all of the schools. Before I was really interested in Arizona State, but now I have more options. Plus, I'm looking forward to going out of state. I'm pretty happy with my offers, but it wouldn't hurt to have more."

Much of the reason Amukamara's stock is rising is because of the season he's had for Apollo. Heading into the playoffs, Amukamara has rushed for 1,772 yards and 20 touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 438 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, he has 84 tackles, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and two kick/punt returns for scores. He also took a 94-yard interception back for a touchdown.

Academically, he has a 3.25 GPA and he takes the SAT on December 2nd.

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