2008 Standout Antwon Moutra

The 6-2, 180-pound receiver/safety from Culver City, Antwon Moutra, talks about his early recruitment, some early favorites, and the big decision -- which position he'll play in college. Moutra has a two-time cousin connection to UCLA, too, with one cousin currently playing hoops in Westwood...

One of the best two-way prospects in California in the class of 2008 is Culver City (Calif.) High's Antwon Moutra (6-2, 180).

Moutra, an all-state underclass selection as a junior, could play receiver or safety in college. If it was up to him, he'd play both ways.

"One day I might want to play safety and one day I want to play receiver," said Moutra. "If I could, I'd do both. I know it's kind of tough to do but it depends on the school."

And Moutra has been hearing from his fair share of schools. "Oregon offered me first as a receiver," said Moutra. "I've been hearing from UCLA, Cal, Ole Miss, Florida, Notre Dame and Florida State, too."

Moutra attended UCLA's Junior Day earlier this month. "UCLA has been showing a lot of interest in me and I'm very interested in them," said Moutra. "Junior Day was really good, I had a good time. I talked with Coach Coach (DeWayne) Walker quite a bit. They said they just want to get my transcripts and they could be offering."

Moutra has long followed the UCLA football program, going back to when former all-American linebacker Robert Thomas played for the Bruins. Thomas is Moutra's cousin. Now, Moutra has another connection to the Bruin family, this time on the hardwood: He is cousins with Bruin freshman point guard Russell Westbrook.

"I talked to Russell before the basketball game when I was at their Junior Day," said Moutra. "He's been telling me I better go to UCLA, that I need to play football there."

Though he wouldn't indicate a leader, Moutra said that right now, Oregon and UCLA are standing out.

Moutra said he doesn't plan to make an early decision on his college choice. However, he does want to make a choice fairly soon on one thing. "I want to make an early decision about what position I want to play in college, and then stick with that," said Moutra. "But with the schools, I think I'll take my time."

Moutra was named to the all-combine team at the U.S. Army National Combine last month as a receiver, and said he felt his performance went a long way in establishing himself as a legitimate prospect. "It was cool to go up against some of the best players in the country," said Moutra. "It really helped my confidence, too, that I showed I can play against the best."

Academically, Moutra said his core GPA was a 2.7 and he is planning to take the SAT in the spring


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