UCLA is Still Barely In It

Jemari Roberts, the 6-2, 205-pound wide receiver prospect from Long Beach Wilson, said he's narrowed his list, and that UCLA isn't on it, even though he's keeping the door slightly ajar for the Bruins...

Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson receiver Jemari Roberts (6-2, 205) has trimmed his list down to five schools, four from the Pac-10 and one from the Midwest.

"I've narrowed it down in the last couple of weeks to this order: Stanford, Cal, Oregon, Notre Dame and USC," said Roberts. "As of right now, that's the order."

The first three schools have offered Roberts, while USC and Notre Dame have been keeping close tabs on him.

"Notre Dame and USC have both shown interest, and Notre Dame said I'm right on the border line of getting a scholarship," said Roberts.

Roberts did say, though, he's not entirely down to these five schools, giving some other schools a chance, albeit a small one, to make a late run come his senior season.

"For right now, it's down to these five," said Roberts. "Some schools, like UCLA and Colorado, I'll still consider. I still get a lot of mail from UCLA, but not as strong as I once did. So I need to start planning my official visits and these are the schools I'm the most interested in. The ones that have offered, I'm going to plan in the next couple weeks my visits with them."

Roberts said one Pac-10 school in particular is his leader.

"Stanford is my leader right now," said Roberts. "I turned in the application a couple of weeks ago and I'm just waiting to hear back from them."

When comparing the schools he's interested in, Roberts had this to say about his top five.

"Aside from the offers from the top three, they're all outstanding schools from athletic and academic standpoints. They all bring something different," said Roberts.

Roberts said even though he's not completely closing out his top five, he'll want to make a decision sooner rather than later.

"There are a couple of (college) games that will happen when the season starts that I may be able to go see, so hopefully I'll be making my decision right around when school starts," said Roberts. "My family is open to wherever I go, they just want to see me play. And I want to focus on the season as much as I can."

Roberts had over 1,000 all-purpose yards, with many coming as a kick returner, and scored seven touchdowns.

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