O-Line Prospect Caylin Hauptmann

The 6-5, 305-pounder who could be one of the best interior line prospects in California, Caylin Hauptmann, is hearing from some programs across the country, but if he had his way he wouldn't go far for college from his home in Beverly Hills...

Beverly Hills (Calif.) offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann (6-5, 308), one of the top interior linemen in Southern California, sent out his highlight tape to college programs last week and he hopes the interest level will now pick up.

"I've been hearing from Alabama, Washington, San Diego State, Oregon and UCLA the most," said Hauptmann. "I went to San Diego State for their Junior Day and they could be the closest to offering. A couple of my teammates are going there (Dominique Sandifer and Ramon Judkins). I like them (San Diego State) a lot."

Having grown up just a stones throw from UCLA and his mom having gone to school there, the Bruins are the team that Hauptmann hopes to hear much more from.

"Since I was little, I wanted to play for UCLA," said Hauptmann. "If they offered me, I'd accept it on the spot. My mom went there and I grew up right by it. I'm going to try and go down to a spring practice there."

In the meantime, Hauptmann is keeping his options open and trying to set up some unofficial visits to schools around the country. "I was invited to Alabama's and Washington's Junior Days," said Hauptmann. "I want to try and get out there and visit those schools."

A guard by trade for Beverly Hills, Hauptmann said most schools see him playing inside when he gets to college. But this fall, he'll make the switch to outside. "I play guard, and I think that's what I'll play in college, but since most linemen my size play tackle in high school, my coaches want to put me out there this year," said Hauptmann. "If I like it and do well there, it may be where I play in college. But I think I prefer offensive guard."

Hauptmann said that factors in his recruitment include the academics, the coaches and the program.

"I want to go to a school that I can get a good education and has a good academic side," said Hauptmann. "I also want to play for a coach that does a good job and can teach me. And I want to play for a program that is winning and has a good tradition."

He'd also like to make his choice by the end of the summer. "If I can, I want to decide before the season," said Hauptmann.

Hauptmann plans to keep himself busy this spring, going to the Los Angeles Nike Camp this weekend and the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine next month at the Home Depot Center.

Academically, Hauptmann has a 2.8 GPA and will take the ACT on Saturday.

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