UCLA is On Top 2008 OL Prospect

He's Matt Meyer, from Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln and, just a junior, he's already 6-8 and 285 pounds, and probably the most highly-touted offensive line prospect in Northern California for the 2008 class. He came to the UCLA/USC game and talks about his early recruitment...

UCLA had purposely invited several of the top California prospects in 2008 to their home finale against USC, hosting a number of juniors at the Rose Bowl for the game.

One prospect who came down from Northern California was Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln offensive lineman Matt Meyer (6-8, 285). Meyer is potentially the top offensive line prospect in Northern California in the class of 2008, and Stanford has wasted no time in offering him.

"They did offer me and it's one of my higher thoughts of schools," said Meyer. "They're probably at the top of my list. UCLA, I've been hearing from them, Michigan, USC, Nebraska, Duke, Washington and Washington State, all of them have been interested. I‘ve received mail from Notre Dame, just like four letters a week, but I kind of grew up a Notre Dame fan. My grandpa played for them. But Stanford was the local school I rooted for," Meyer said.

Meyer came down to the Rose Bowl with his teammate, elite junior linebacker Dewitt Stuckey, who will be one of the most highly recruited defensive players in this class. And Meyer enjoyed what he experienced in Pasadena.

"The game was great. 90,000 of the most energetic fans I have ever seen, especially when it came down to the 4th quarter," said Meyer. "I wish all college games were like that. I talked to one of the UCLA recruiters, Coach (Gary) DeLoach and like him very much."

With his frame, Meyer said that tackle will be his destination in college. "I'm probably going to go for tackle, just because I'm so tall," said Meyer. "I want to put on as much weight as I can without being fat. Probably around 300, with a low percentage of body fat."

Meyer has unofficially visited three of the in-state schools, Stanford, USC and UCLA, and wants to unofficially visit Cal at some point. He camped at USC's Lineman Camp this past summer as well at Stanford's camp, where his performance netted him an offer. An invitee to the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio next month, Meyer said he would most likely be attending that.

"I want to check out the Army Combine and see what I can do there. I'm hoping to go back to the USC Camp, then go to the UCLA camp, I really want to go to that. And, of course, the Stanford camp again," said Meyer.

Meyer was a big part of the Lincoln offense, typically being the blocker that senior running back Curtis Shaw, himself a D-I recruit, followed en route to a 1,733 yard rushing season with 26 touchdowns. Next season, Meyer and Stuckey will be the anchors of Lincoln's team. And there is talk that it could be continuing for 4-5 years after that. "We always joke about playing together," said Meyer. "But we can't base our decision on college on that. We have to do what is best for each of us."

An excellent student, Meyer is carrying a 4.0 GPA (3.7 unweighted) and is taking AP and honors classes during his junior year. He's planning to take the SAT in the early winter.

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