UCLA Has Offer Out to TE/DE

There's a fairly unknown player -- a 6-4, 225-pound tight end/defensive end -- who has a scholarship offer from UCLA, as well as four other Pac-10 schools, and seven offers total. He talked to us about attending UCLA's Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday...

One of the players in attendance at UCLA's Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday was Chino Hills (Calif.) tight end/defensive end Cory Harkey (6-4, 225).

The Bruin staff offered Harkey a scholarship earlier this spring as a tight end and the gifted two-way player has seven other offers to his credit.

"I have offers from UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State and Utah," said Harkey. "I'm hearing from USC and Notre Dame. I'm looking for a school in the Pac-10 so I can stay close to home. So far, my options are looking good."

Harkey said that he had six schools that were standing out to him. "UCLA, Boise State, Arizona State, Oregon, USC and Arizona are my top schools. They're all pretty much even right now."

Harkey said that most schools have offered him as a tight end, but that they're giving him the option of playing on the defensive side of the ball. "They want to know what position I like better, but I have the potential to come in and play right away as a tight end," said Harkey. "I don't really have a preference, I just want to get on the field."

He's also in no hurry to make a decision, wanting to go through the process. "I want to take my time, see what the school has to offer and maybe take all of my trips," said Harkey. "I don't want to make an early commitment. I want to see one school for sure stand out to me."

Harkey's family has plenty of experience in collegiate athletics. His older brother Tony is a freshman defensive end at Utah State and his father Mike had a long professional baseball career after being a first-round draft choice of the Chicago Cubs out of Cal State Fullerton. He is now the bullpen coach of the Florida Marlins after spending eight years in the majors, including stints with both the Dodgers and the Angels.

Harkey said that, with a family with such extended experience in athletics, they've been helpful throughout the process. "They're supporting my decision and not really leading me towards anywhere," said Harkey. "They just want to see me happy there."

Harkey is coming off an all-CIF Inland Division season in which he caught 21 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns and added 51 tackles, 6.5 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery for Chino Hills.

This spring, Harkey will attend the Scout.com Combine as well as USC's Rising Senior Camp in the early part of the summer.

Harkey is in fine shape academically, with a 3.3 GPA. He will take the SAT in the spring.

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