Dannewitz Hearing More From UCLA

With few remaining offensive tackles in California, UCLA could focus their attention on Ryan Dannewitz, the 6-6.5, 280-pounder from San Jacinto, who's picking up offers from around the country...

Though the depth at offensive tackle in California for the class of 2008 is small, and three of the top tackles already having committed (Matt Kalil and Matt Meyer to USC and Tyler Rigsbee to Cal), San Jacinto (Calif.) tackle Ryan Dannewitz (6-6.5, 280) is one of the top pure offensive tackle lefts on the board.

The owner of nine offers, Dannewitz's plan to make an early decision could be put on hold as more schools are beginning to show interest in him.

"Louisville, Michigan State and Washington are my most recent offers," said Dannewitz. "Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego State, Fresno State, and Colorado all had offered me before."

And recently, two Pac-10 schools and two other national names have picked up their recruitment of him.

"I'm hearing more and more from UCLA and I still hear from Notre Dame. Ole Miss and Stanford have also been showing more interest in me," said Dannewitz.

UCLA and Coach John Wristen, have stopped by the San Jacinto campus and Dannewitz admits that should an offer come from the Bruins, his interest in them would rise.

"If UCLA offered, they would be right up there," said Dannewitz. "Distance doesn't matter to me, I'll go anywhere, but they're close to home."

Other schools to have visited his school include San Diego State, Washington, Oregon, Ole Miss, Colorado, Arizona State and Arizona.

This weekend, Dannewitz is visiting the Cactus State, taking unofficial trips to Arizona and Arizona State. The man Dannewitz was responsible for protecting the past two years, quarterback Chasen Stangel, signed with Arizona State in February.

"With Chasen going there, that definitely got me connections to Arizona State and got me looked at, but its not really going to influence my decision to go there," Dannewitz said.

The trip to Arizona and Arizona State will be his last unofficial visit of the spring.

"These are my last unofficials so I'll take the officials after my season," said Dannewitz.

Initially, Dannewitz said he wanted to make a choice in the early stages of his recruitment but with the influx of offers, that changed things up. He acknowledged that he thought he would be heavily recruited, but not to this level.

"I suspected it because I was told many times that this was going to happen, but its gone better than I thought," said Dannewitz. "I still want to do it (announce) before the season, but I'm not sure I'm going to be able to do that."

The left tackle for San Jacinto the past two season, Dannewitz said that is where each school envisions him, but if a move to right tackle was necessary, he said that would be fine by him.

Dannewitz has been to the U.S. Army Combine and the Nike Camp in Los Angeles, but has no other camp plans at this time.

Academically, he has a 3.5 GPA and scored a 1310 on his first crack at the SAT.


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