At their recent Junior Day, one of the top linemen in California, Stockton Lincoln tackle Matt Meyer (6-8, 285), was in attendance, the second time that Meyer has been invited to a major UCLA event, the other being the Bruins win over USC in December.
Meyer was wowed by his visit to Westwood.
"I loved it," said Meyer. "The great part is that you're in L.A., so you're by everything you need, but you're within a city of its own at UCLA. It makes it seem as if it's a town of its own."
Meyer also paid close attention the architecture of the campus, for a reason. "The buildings are unbelievable. They have great brick work on them. My grandfather is a masonry contractor so I remember what he tells me about brick work," said Meyer. "The facilities were really nice, with the locker room, and the training and conditioning centers were good size with multiple amenities as well. They had equipment in there I've never even seen before."
He also enjoyed the experience of meeting fellow recruits at Junior Day. "It's cool too because you get to see everyone else that they're recruiting. You hear about kids and you finally get to see them," said Meyer.
With no offensive line coach in place at the time (UCLA announced it hired Bob Connelly yesterday), Meyer spent most of his time with defensive backs coach Gary DeLoach, who has been the coach recruiting him. "I did get to spend a lot of time with him, though, throughout the day to get to know UCLA on both levels, and I like what I heard," said Meyer.
Though he didn't receive a scholarship offer on his visit, he's hoping that one comes. "It's probably hard to offer when your offensive line coach is gone, so I'm sure when they replace that position I'll find out where they stand on offering me," said Meyer.
With offers from Stanford and Oregon, Meyer said the Bruins are also doing well for him, despite the lack of an offer. "On the whole, it's one of my top choices," said Meyer. "I mean, it has everything."
Stanford offered Meyer under Walt Harris and they have been one of his favorites since he was offered following their summer camp last year. Oregon offered him and teammate Dewitt Stuckey, the elite linebacker prospect who visited UCLA for Junior Day as well and also attended the UCLA-USC game with Meyer.
Meyer was a big part of the Lincoln offense, typically being the blocker that senior running back Curtis Shaw, himself a D-1 recruit, followed en route to a 1,733-yard rushing season. Next season, Meyer and Stuckey will be the anchors of Lincoln's team.
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 spring.