TE/WR Escobar Gets Attention

Gavin Escobar, the 6-5.5 and 210-pounder from Santa Margarita (Calif.) High, came to UCLA's camp during the summer and generated interest from the UCLA coaches. He talked to us about his recruitment, and his dilemma over wide receiver or tight end...

One of the most impressive players physically at UCLA's 3-Day camp in June was Santa Margarita (Calif.) receiver Gavin Escobar.

At 6-5.5 and 210 pounds, Escobar stood out with his size, and the UCLA coaches were clearly impressed with both his size and athleticism.

So impressed, they didn't know where to put him. "The first day there, I worked at receiver, then the second day I did some tight end. The last day, I was half-and-half," said Escobar. "I thought I did well there."

While Escobar didn't receive an offer from the Bruins, or from anyone at this point, he said the dialogue with some schools has been encouraging.

"I'm still waiting for the first offer to come in," said Escobar. "I'm hearing the most from San Diego State, and they like me as a potential tight end. I went to UConn's camp and I'm pretty interested in them. Definitely UCLA and Boise State, too."

Those four schools are the ones who are standing out for Escobar at this point, who said that much of his attention is coming as a potential tight end.

"I would like to stay at receiver, but if my only opportunity is to play tight end, then I'll add the weight and play there," said Escobar. "For right now, I'm just trying to add five more pounds and not put on too much weight."

Escobar said the conversation with the coaches at his top four schools indicate that a strong start to his senior year could stoke the fires and further evaluation will come then.

"It's not really bothering me that I haven't been offered," said Escobar. "I'm just working hard and it will work out. San Diego State is probably the closest. They're probably interested in offering me soon."

Escobar also knows that Santa Margarita's schedule is set up for him to make an impression. The Eagles open with defending D-III state champion St. Bonaventure and then follow with CIF-San Diego Section champs Poway.

"I know we scheduled a preseason that is a little tougher but it should help prepare us for the Trinity League," said Escobar.

Academically, Escobar has a 3.0 and he'll take the SAT this fall.

During his junior year, in a largely ground-oriented offense, Escobar had 11 receptions for 163 yards and a touchdown.

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