Nation's Top TE Visits UCLA

Carson (Calif.) tight end Morrell Presley, the nation's top-ranked tight end, officially visited UCLA over the weekend. So where do the Bruins now stand with the USC commit?

Carson (Calif.) tight end Morrell Presley, the nation's top-ranked tight end, took his first official visit this weekend, taking a trip to UCLA.

A commit to USC since the spring of 2007, Presley visited UCLA when they hosted the Trojans.

"Morrell did official over at UCLA this weekend," said his dad, Steven Hawkins. "They offered him, and have been recruiting him hard and have been wanting him to play for them."

A longtime target of the UCLA staff under Rick Neuheisel, Presley has been to a couple of UCLA games this fall, attended their Junior Day and was also at some fall practices. Still, he remained committed to the Trojans. Even after the visit, not much has changed.

"He did not commit to UCLA," said Hawkins. "Now, is he seriously considering them? Yes. He's real impressed with Rick (Neuheisel) and the coaches over at UCLA. But he hasn't switched his commitment at all. Everything is real status quo. He's committed to SC."

On Monday night, Presley had USC head coach Pete Carroll in for an in-home visit along with assistants Ken Norton and Brennan Carroll. This weekend, Presley will take an official visit to USC.

"He's officially tripping with USC this weekend. We met with Coach Carroll and Coach Norton and Brennan Carroll. He'll go over there to USC this weekend and see how everything feels and he'll go from there."

Presley, the top offensive prospect in the City Section this year, saw plenty of familiar faces at UCLA, being hosted by last year's top player from the City, Rahim Moore.

"The thing with Morrell is he's played with (Johnathan) Franklin and Rahim and he knows Milton Knox," said Hawkins. "He's going through that time where you're not really sure about the future. I don't know what he's going to decide. That's where it is right now. "

Presley enjoyed his time at UCLA and reiterated that to the coaching staff.

"I think he had a really good time and he told Rick he had a nice time," said Hawkins. "He doesn't think the program is really that far away from a competitive state."

One thing for certain, Presley will be staying in the Golden State for his college ball.

"He knows he's not going to leave California. I told him don't waste other schools time if you're not going to leave California. I don't think he's going to take any out of state trips. In fact, I'm sure he's not going to," said Hawkins.

So now Presley will take the visit to USC, then take some time following to sort his thoughts out.

"In the next couple of weeks, we'll see what happens. He needs to think this whole thing over and make sure he goes over all the pros and cons," said Hawkins.

A five-star prospect by Scout.com, Presley will be playing in the UnderArmour All-America Game in Orlando next month. Earlier this year, he was named the MVP of the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles.


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