O-Line Prospect Matt Shinn

UCLA's committed quarterback Richard Brehaut has a D-1 prospect in front of him on the offensive line at Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos: 6-4, 270-pound Matt Shinn. Shinn told us he wouldn't mind continuing to protect Brehaut in college...

A good quarterback is only as good as his offensive linemen.

And Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos tackle Matt Shinn (6-4, 265) isn't afraid to say it, even if it's half in-jest.

With his job to be the protector of four-star quarterback Richard Brehaut, Shinn caught the eye of plenty of schools who came by the Los Osos campus to see Brehaut.

With Brehaut now committed to UCLA, Shinn is hoping that even more attention comes his way.

"I told Richard the reason he's going to UCLA is because of how good his offensive line made him look," joked Shinn.

But he's not joking when he says he wouldn't mind continuing to play with Brehaut in college. "I think that would be great to keep playing with him," said Shinn. "We started playing together as freshmen and I wouldn't mind going to UCLA and playing there."

Shinn will have a chance to audition in front of the UCLA coaches on Saturday, when he takes in the Bruins' 1-Day Camp. "I've talked with the coaches there and they said they wanted to watch me more at their camp and take a closer look at me," said Shinn. "Obviously, an offer from them would be great and I'd have to seriously consider it. I would probably commit."

The Bruins, though, are just one of a handful of schools who have been showing Shinn interest.

"I've been hearing from Colorado, San Diego State, Arizona State, Cal and Colorado State," said Shinn. "I'd probably say San Diego State is my favorite because I'm familiar with them. I went to their Junior Day and the coaching staff as a group were really cool and I really liked the campus and the location."

Shinn was an all-combine selection last weekend at the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles and he's hoping he continues to shine at the camps he's planning to attend, which include camps at UCLA, Cal and San Diego State.

"I'm just trying to stay patient and wait for the first offer to come in," said Shinn. "I'll play really anywhere on the offensive line. Our coach says you put your best linemen at tackle, so I play tackle for Los Osos, but I'll play anywhere, guard or center. I think most schools like me as a guard."

Shinn is also in fine shape academically, holding down a 3.5 GPA and achieving qualifying scores on the ACT and SAT.


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