2009 Prospect Nick Bruce

The 6-0, 215-pound linebacker prospect from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, Nick Bruce, says he's been hearing the most from two schools while he has two schools that are his early favorites, and there was one school in common on both those lists...

Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft linebacker Nick Bruce (6-0, 215) has been an anchor in the middle for the Toreadors defense and now he's the top prospect from Taft in the 2009 class.

While Bruce waits for his first scholarship offer, several schools have been showing serious interest in him.

"I've been hearing a lot from UCLA and New Mexico," said Bruce. "They've been recruiting me the hardest. Washington is trying to talk to me and Oregon, San Diego State and Arizona State have all been talking a lot with me."

Taft has sent numerous players to D-1 programs the past few years, something Bruce acknowledged makes things easier for him. "That's helped a lot because coaches know we have talent here at Taft," said Bruce.

Bruce said two schools are standing out for him.

"UCLA and Washington are probably my top two schools right now," said Bruce. "I went to UCLA's spring practice and I had a lot of fun. It was cool and I talked with Coach (Chuck) Bullough for a bit. I'm going to their Junior Day, too. And with Washington, they came by the school a lot when they were recruiting Craig Noble. Craig is looking out for me and said to come to Washington with him."

New Mexico is in the next tier for Bruce, and he said he's very interested in the Lobos. "I'd gotten a couple of emails from them and then coach Tony White emailed me and he said they really like me," said Bruce. "So now I'm just waiting for the first offer to come in. Hopefully they'll come in soon."

Bruce said he could play any of the linebacker spots, with his preference being the middle where he plays for Taft. But he's open to any position. "My preference is the middle, but if a school likes me somewhere else, as long as I can hit, I'll play it," said Bruce. "That's what I love to do, hit people."

Bruce said he's watched teammates get recruited and he's up to speed on what he needs to look at in choosing a school. "The graduation rate is big for me," said Bruce. "The education comes first. Then comes the football program."

He also said distance wouldn't be too big of a factor. "My mom wants me nearby but if I've got to go out of the area, I'll go," said Bruce.

This spring, Bruce will camp at San Diego State and UCLA as well as the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine. He'll also attend B2G this summer.

During his junior year, Bruce had 80 tackles, nine for loss, five sacks, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries from his linebacker spot. He also had 53 carries for 329 yards and six touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass on offense. Bruce was a First Team All-West Valley League pick and was named a Second Team All-City Section pick in 2007.

Academically, Bruce said his GPA was around a 3.2 and he'd be taking the SAT in May.

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