UCLA Checking Out Utah Receiver

Travis Van Leeuwen, the 6-4, 190-pound wide receiver prospect, has been getting attention this fall, not only due to his own merits but because college coaches have been coming by his Provo (Utah) Timpview school to check out his teammate...

Provo (Utah) Timpview receiver Travis Van Leeuwen (6-3.5, 190) could be one of the best, big receivers the west has in the class of 2009.

Van Leeuwen had a busy spring and summer, going to numerous camps and combines in hopes of impressing college coaches.

So far, Van Leeuwen has offers from in-state programs Southern Utah and Weber State, but with several college coaches coming by the Timpview campus to check out his teammate and good friend, Xavier Su'a-Filo, Van Leeuwen is hopeful that he'll get more attention.

"Washington said they would probably be offering me soon," said Van Leeuwen. "Utah, BYU, Kansas State, those are the schools I've been hearing the most from. I'm really interested in those four. Xavier is trying to push some other schools, like UCLA, for me. If I have a breakout season, that can really help."

Van Leeuwen had a chance to impress the UCLA coaches when they came to watch Su'a-Filo during their bye week.

"Coach (Bob) Palcic, their offensive line coach, saw me when he came to watch Xavier and I had a pretty big game then," said Van Leeuwen.

This weekend, he'll get a chance to impress coaches from Kansas State, who will be in Provo to watch him.

"Kansas State is coming out to watch on the 19th and BYU and Utah coaches are at our games. Washington has been really serious for a bit, but with their season and their coaches, I'm not sure what's going to happen," said Van Leeuwen.

Three more schools are also checking out Van Leeuwen, so he's doing the work necessary on his side to get those schools as much info as they need.

"My coach told me that Boise State, Oregon State and Oregon were all really interested, so I'm putting a highlight tape together. I'm just playing offense right now and returning punts and kicks," said Van Leeuwen. "I'm definitely a receiver in college."

Van Leeuwen said his top five schools were BYU, Utah, Kansas State, Washington and UCLA.

"I don't really have a top school, and if one of those schools offered me, I wouldn't commit right away, because I really want to see my options and push some other things," said Van Leeuwen.

During the spring and summer, Van Leeuwen attended BYU and Utah's camp, the Phoenix UnderArmour Combine, the All-Poly Camp and the Badger/New Level Passing Tournament in Las Vegas and also earned Nike Camp MVP honors in Provo.

That helped him get ready for his senior season, where he has 21 receptions for 390 yards and four touchdowns in two games, as well as a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Meanwhile, Timpview has won 26 games in a row and consecutive state titles as they go for a three-peat this season.

Last weekend, he attended hometown BYU's rout of UCLA and said he's hoping to catch a few more BYU games this fall.

Van Leeuwen, who is LDS, said he's not planning on taking a mission during his career.


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