UCLA Recruits Another Poly DB

Yesterday, we reported how Long Beach Poly cornerback Lazarri Middleton was getting attention from UCLA as a senior. The Bruins are also showing attention to his secondary mate, Poly's Stanjarivus McKay, as the 6-2, 205-pound safety has also emerged in his senior season..

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Stanjarivus McKay (6-2, 205), like many of his teammates, just needed his senior season to show he has the talent to play in college.

McKay was behind arguably the best safety tandem in the country last year in four-star prospects Vaughn Telemaque (Miami) and Herman Davidson (North Carolina), so it wasn't until this season he got to take over a starting safety job.

He's done so admirably, anchoring the Poly secondary and bolstering one of the best defenses in the West.

It's also reaped some recruiting benefits, too, which he's been waiting to get.

"My teammates said be patient, work hard and the offers would come," said McKay. "And they have. I have offers from Colorado and Hawaii and I'm also hearing from UCLA, Arizona State and Washington."

Those five schools make up his top five, but two of them are standing out. "It's a tie between Colorado and UCLA for me," said McKay. "Those two are my leaders. I've visited Colorado and I've been to a bunch of UCLA home games. I'm taking the SAT on Saturday and I'll be at the UCLA/USC game after."

McKay visited Colorado in mid-November, the lone official visit he's taken. "I liked it out there a lot," said McKay. "Jimmy Smith was my host and I got to meet a lot of the players when I was there."

McKay, who's being recruited by Darian Hagan for Colorado, also had a chance to meet with head coach Dan Hawkins. "Coach Hawk reminds me a lot of my coach at Poly, he's real fiery and gets real excited," said McKay. "I had a real good time there."

He's hoping to schedule a visit to Hawaii, too, where two of his teammates, George Daily-Lyles and Iuta Tepa, have already committed.

"I want to go out there the weekend they go for their visit and check out the school," said McKay.

In the meantime, he's hoping to get a qualifying test score, which will make an impression on UCLA. "(UCLA receivers) Coach (Reggie) Moore is recruiting me and he and Coach Walk (DeWayne Walker), said all they need to see is my SAT score and they'll probably offer. That would be a great offer because they're close to home. I'd still take some time, though, and take some visits," said McKay.

McKay is carrying a GPA of 2.7 will take the SAT for the first time on Saturday.

Friday night, Poly hosts Moore League rival Lakewood in the CIF-SS Pac-5 semifinals. McKay has 48 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two deflections for the Jackrabbits, and scored a touchdown at receiver.

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