Committed to Stanford, But...

The #6-ranked tight end in the country, 6-6, 230-pound Zach Ertz from Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista, is verbally committed to the Stanford Cardinal, but he talked about his recent unofficial visit to UCLA to check out the Bruins' Spring Game...

Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista tight end Zach Ertz (6-6, 230) is verbally committed to Stanford, but he recently took an unofficial visit to UCLA.

Ertz committed to Stanford in November, but that hasn't stopped a slew of schools from recruiting the big, physical tight end target.

"I'm still committed to Stanford but because the admission process is more difficult, I'm still hearing from a bunch of schools," said Ertz.

California, Northwestern and Utah have all offered Ertz and Arizona has verbally offered him.

Last weekend, Ertz went to the UCLA's Spring Game.

"It was good and I had a good time there," said Ertz. "We had a chance to get a tour of the campus by one of the tour guides and the tight ends coach (grad assistant Phillip Rauscher) was with us on the tour. Then we went to the Rose Bowl and I met Coach (Rick) Neuheisel. He is a nice guy and really up-tempo."

Ertz doesn't have a UCLA offer yet, but he's got the feeling one could be coming. "I get handwritten letters from them every day and I gave them my film when I visited so I get the feeling they could be offering me," said Ertz.

And UCLA commit, linebacker Todd Golper, whom Ertz played with in Vegas, is also doing his part to woo Ertz. "Todd texts me like every day and is always putting in a good word about UCLA," said Ertz.

But Ertz said that it would take a lot to get him to waiver on his commitment to Stanford, with the Cardinal offering him before anyone and putting in a big effort early on.

"I'm just trying to make sure I have options in case admissions doesn't work out with Stanford, but that is my first choice," said Ertz.

In Ertz, the Cardinal have a tight end who will match up with another Stanford commit at the position, Levine Toilolo, who also was on the same team with Ertz in Vegas, and the two were the favorite targets of the "CaliTwo" quarterbacks. The two are easily comprising the best tight end class in the country.

In fact, Ertz is quickly moving up the ranks among the elite tight ends nationally, after his excellent performance at the Badger/New Level Pass Camp, his first football action since October, when a fractured forearm sidelined him for the season.

"It was great playing with Levine, I had a blast and it was fun winning that. Levine was at UCLA last weekend and we talked the whole time," said Ertz. "It will be fun playing with him in college."

Ertz is planning on doing the Stanford Nike Camp later this month and may do their summer camp. He also plays AAU basketball but this summer he won't be as active in the tournaments, instead working toward football season.

Before the forearm injury at the beginning of last season, Ertz was off to a big start, catching 38 passes for 382 yards and six touchdowns though 5 ½ games.

Academically, Ertz has a 3.6 GPA and will take the SAT this spring.

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