UCLA Wants to See Tessar Again

Brando Tessar, the 6-0, 185-pound athlete from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, came to UCLA's one day camp and worked at one position, and then the coaches asked him to return to UCLA's Three-Day Camp today and work out at another position...

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade three-star athlete Brando Tessar (6-0, 185) will be at UCLA today, camping with the defensive backs.

For Tessar, it's a chance to show the UCLA defensive backs coaches what he can do in the secondary. Earlier this month, Tessar camped at UCLA's 1-Day Camp and primarily worked with the receivers.

"The coaches asked me to come back and work in the afternoon session today as a defensive player," said Tessar. "I worked at receiver during the 1-Day Camp but I did some DB during the 1-on-1s."

Tessar has a pair of scholarship offers, from Cal Poly and Nevada, and each offer comes on a different side of the ball.

"Nevada offered me right after their camp as a slot receiver," said Tessar. "It was my first time on their campus. Coach (Chris) Ault wanted to offer me."

Meanwhile, Cal Poly, who was his first offer, did so as a safety.

"I've done a lot of camps already," said Tessar. "I did Wyoming, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Cal. I have UCLA, and then Washington State's camp on Wednesday, and I'll do that one as a receiver."

Tessar is also a gifted baseball player, spending much of his summer working both sports, but the closer he gets to college, he acknowledged that football could be all he focuses on in college.

"Ideally I'd like to play both, but realistically it will be one or the other and I'm probably leaning towards football right now," said Tessar.

Tessar said he's not picky about which side of the ball to play. "I'd play either side," said Tessar. "Probably offense is my favorite, but I'd play defense. Whatever gets me on the field."

Tessar said his top schools list included Nevada, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington State and Cal Poly. "I'd like to say that Arizona is my leader, but Nevada was a really nice place," said Tessar. "I was really surprised by their campus."

Tessar. Though, won't be rushing his decision. "I'll take all five visits," said Tessar. "I want to know what the situation is with playing time with the position I'm being recruited at. And I want to be in a college town, a town that revolves around the college and supports the college team. The coaching staff, is important too. I want a coaching staff that is open and a coaching staff I can learn a lot from."

Academically, Tessar is carrying a 2.8 and took the standardized tests this month.

As a 2008 junior at Chaminade, Tessar had 48 catches for 720 yards and 1,033 all-purpose yards and scored six touchdowns.


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