Tulsa Tandem Set Visit

The dynamic defensive line duo, <b>Jared Naylor</b> and <b>Blake Smith</b>, from the No. 4-rated high school team in the nation, Tulsa (Okla.) Union, have set the date for an official visit to UCLA...

Defensive tackle Jared "The Bear" Naylor, 6-3, 270, 4.9, and defensive end Blake Smith, 6-3, 245, 4.7, Tulsa (Okla.) Union, say they will make the trip to UCLA together. "Yeah, I got one set on December 13, to UCLA. Blake is going on that weekend too," Naylor said. As reported in an earlier story, Naylor has been to California and likes it quite a bit. His mother has a sister who lives with her family in Southern California.

When Naylor was asked which schools he has been hearing from the most, he said, "UCLA, Nebraska and Stanford. All three schools are calling pretty regularly, but I don't have any other trips scheduled yet." Naylor has yet to apply to Stanford.

Naylor leads a very talented group of Union defensive lineman in tackles with 71. He also has six sacks, three caused fumbles and four fumble recoveries through eight games. "We don't keep track of tackles for loss, but I probably have a lot of them since that's what most of my tackles are," Naylor said.

Smith, who wasn't recruited as heavily as Naylor early on, said he has now been hearing from a number of schools. "Lately I've been hearing from Kansas State, Colorado State, UCLA, Arkansas, SMU, Missouri and Oklahoma State. No new offers, but I'm supposed to visit Colorado State on December 6, and I'm going to UCLA on December 13. Jared and I are going to UCLA together, and we might go to Colorado State together. (UCLA) Coach (Don) Johnson has been calling every week. He'll call and leave me a message if I don't get the chance to talk to him." When asked if he has a favorite, Smith said without hesitation, "UCLA."

Due to an elbow injury Smith has played in only five games and has 45 tackles and six sacks. "I partially tore a ligament and flexor tendon in my left elbow at the start of the game against Owasso, and I missed the next two games." Smith had 15 tackles and five sacks in Union's first two games before being injured. He came back and played in the past three Union games. "At first surgery was a real possibility, but it healed so fast and it feels fine. I've just been wearing a brace to protect it against getting injured again."

At 8-0, Union is only two wins from closing out the regular season undefeated. With the toughest part of the schedule behind them, Union destroyed Enid last Friday 42-7. "The first six games were really the toughest," Naylor said. This Friday, Nov. 1, Union plays at Sapulpa, then ends the regular season hosting Edmond Memorial on Nov. 7. "Sapulpa is supposed to be pretty tough, but the hardest part of the schedule is over," Smith said. 

Naylor and Smith are both integral parts of the top defensive line in the state. Smith's half-brother, junior Nathan Peterson, plays defensive tackle and leads the Union defensive lineman in sacks with 10 and has 70 tackles.

Both student-athletes are fully qualified.

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