Stanford Commit Attends UCLA Game

The #6-ranked tight end in the country, Zach Ertz from Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista, is verbally committed to Stanford, but the 6-6, 230-pounder took another visit to check out UCLA, this time to the UCLA/Washington State game Saturday...

Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista tight end Zach Ertz (6-6, 230), who is verbally committed to Stanford, was one of the unofficial visitors at UCLA's game against Washington State over the weekend.

"We got down there on Saturday afternoon, and headed over to the Rose Bowl to watch the game," said Ertz. "I spent a lot of time with (UCLA commits) Todd Golper and Richard Brehaut. We walked on the field before the game and I met some of the other recruits."

Once the game started, Ertz paid close attention to the way the Bruins' utilized their tight end, much to his enjoyment.

"Ryan Moya had like seven catches and I know he scored two touchdowns so I liked the way they use the tight end in their offense. That really stood out to me," said Ertz.

When the game was done, Ertz ventured into the locker room, where he spent some time talking with the UCLA coaches.

"I talked quite a bit with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and with Coach (Norm) Chow and they said they were glad I came to the game and that they still really want me. I also talked to Coach (Phil) Rauscher in the locker room," said Ertz. "I had a good talk with the coaches and they seem to really like me. Todd and Richard were working on me, too, but they were letting me watch the game, too."

For Ertz, it was the first UCLA game he attended, even though he had visited UCLA unoffically back in June, and he may return for his official visit when UCLA hosts USC in December.

But the Stanford commit said he's not ready to soften his commitment to the Cardinal.

"I'd still call myself solid to Stanford. The Stanford coaches have been really gracious about letting me check out all of my options and see some other schools," said Ertz, who committed to Stanford in November of his junior year. "I've been to Cal a couple of times, and was at the Michigan State game and USC has been getting in touch with me lately. But Stanford has been cool about it and allowing me to look at other options."

Ertz has recently started working on his application for Stanford, and he plans to get it completed soon, so he can get it out of the way and focus on the rest of his senior year.

As for official visits, he plans to take at least three, with a possibility of a fourth one.

"I know I'll visit Stanford, Cal and UCLA officially and I'll possibly take a fourth one somewhere, I'm just not sure where," said Ertz.

Currently ranked as the #6 tight end in the country by, Ertz is the #2-ranked offensive player in Northern California in the class of 2009. So far, he's caught a touchdown pass in all four of Monte Vista's games, as they've jumped out to a 4-0 start.

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