Bateman Waits On UCLA Offer

Considered one of the best receiver prospects in the west for 2008, Los Angeles Crenshaw's Kemonte Bateman has some things he has to do to earn a scholarship offer from his favorites schools, particularly UCLA. The 6-1, 175-pound Bateman talks about, if he got a UCLA offer, what he would do...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw receiver Kemonte Bateman (6-1, 175) is still waiting on his first official scholarship offer to come in, but two schools who have been keeping frequent contact with him are standing out.

"I haven't gotten an offer yet because schools are waiting for my transcripts," said Bateman. "I think once they get those then they'll offer me. That's what I've been waiting on."

Oregon and UCLA, schools that each signed teammates of Bateman earlier this month, are the two that lead for Bateman.

"Right now, if UCLA offers me, I'm going to take it," said Bateman. "If Oregon offers, then I'm going to wait it out, but those two are really my leaders."

Bateman said in the fall that UCLA was his leader and nothing seems to have changed in that regard for him. The presence of several more former Cougars on UCLA's roster has helped further their cause.

"Raymond (Carter) and BP (Brian Price) say something to me every now and then about making sure I go there," said Bateman. "They've been recruiting me heavily for a while, though. I went to Junior Day and it was good, I really liked it. I talked for a while with Coach (Karl) Dorrell and Coach (DeWayne) Walker. They just said they're waiting on my transcripts."

The Ducks have been keeping in constant contact with Bateman, not having the benefit of the proximity to Bateman that UCLA enjoys. But signing his close friend and teammate Terrell Turner earlier this month has made a big impact on him.

"Oregon has been sending me a lot of stuff and I like how they throw the ball," said Bateman. "Terrell is always talking about them, about he we could go up there and play together and represent Crenshaw. I want to go to their camp this summer and check it out."

Nebraska and Buffalo have also been showing a lot of interest in Bateman, as has perennial SoCal recruiting presence Ole Miss.

Last summer was when Bateman first showed signs that he would be one of the elite receiver recruits in the West after he earned MVP honors of the B2G Elite Football Program over a star-studded field. Bateman plans to camp at B2G again this summer and will be at the Combine in Los Angeles in April.

"I know I'm going to UCLA's camp, too. I might go to USC's and I want to go to Ole Miss and Oregon's," said Bateman.

An all-City Section First Team pick in 2006, Bateman had 46 receptions for 836 yards and nine touchdowns during his junior year for Crenshaw.

Academically, Bateman acknowledged that he has some work to do but that he has no doubt he will qualify. He will take the SAT in the spring.

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