George Uko: "That Was Big"

Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo's George Uko, the #7-ranked defensive tackle in the nation, had scholarship offers from all over the country, but was lacking one from UCLA, the hometown school that had been recruiting him for a long time. That changed Saturday...

Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo defensive tackle George Uko has had a strong week, earning top honors on the defensive side of the ball at the Los Angeles Combine a week ago, then earning a once-elusive scholarship offer from UCLA on Saturday.

Uko took the SAT on Saturday morning, then headed west to Westwood, where he had camped a year ago, to make an impact on the UCLA coaching staff.

It worked to Uko's liking. "Yeah, after the camp, I drove home and called the coaches and they offered me," said Uko. "I'm real excited about that one. I'd been waiting for it."

Uko had offers from all over, including schools like Tennessee, California, Oregon, Oklahoma and Nebraska, but had been waiting for one of the SoCal schools to make an offer. That finally came through from the Bruins.

"That was big because they have been one of my favorites and in my top schools for sure," said Uko.

Uko said when the camp was done, he was told to go home and then call the coaches, and he had a good conversation with them.

"I talked to both Coach (Todd) Howard and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and they said they saw what they needed to see and they were offering me a scholarship to UCLA," said Uko. "I was like, finally, yes."

But Uko's not in a rush to make a decision. He still has the USC Rising Stars Camp on the agenda, where he's hoping for similar results. "I've got the SC camp and that's probably my last camp, but I hope they offer, too," said Uko.

After that, Uko said he intends to whittle down his list of schools to a solid seven and then eventually five, the schools he plans to visit each officially.

Then, in terms of making a decision, he says, "I'm not deciding until after my trips."

Uko is ranked #7 nationally at defensive tackle and is in the Scout 100.

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