Things Holding Steady for Uko

Chino (Calif,) Don Lugo defensive tackle George Uko is sitting strong with some good options, after a summer in which he's catapulted himself into the elite group of defensive linemen nationally...

Being a top-ten defensive tackle already, doesn't give Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo defensive tackle George Uko much room to go up.

But if there was a player who upped their stock more this summer than Uko out West, it would be interesting to hear the debate.

"I was pretty highly ranked, #7 by Scout, but I think I could be higher," said Uko.

Uko, dominant at times during his junior season on the field, but admittedly up-and-down from playing both ways, showed just how scary good he could be this spring and summer when focusing solely on tackle.

The 6-4, 290-pound, Uko starred at the Combine in Los Angeles, did much the same in limited work at the UCLA 1-Day Camp and again at Oregon's 1-Day Camp, then all but sealed his standing as the West's premier tackle at the USC Rising Stars Camp.

With offers from all over the country, it's easy for Uko to be overwhelmed by the attention, but he's taken it in stride.

"I feel like all my hard work just has paid off," said Uko.

And it has, with numerous programs hopeful to get him on campus for a visit, and ultimately to land his commitment.

"I'm not really favoring any one," said Uko. "I'm going to take my visits and then decide."

Uko already has plans to visit Tennessee, Oregon and USC and he's leaving the last two spots open, with schools like Oklahoma, Cal, UCLA and Nebraska still in the mix for the final two trips.

He's also hopeful he'll narrow his list down in the next few weeks.

"Maybe by early August I'll know (the top five)," said Uko. "I'm still looking around and open to just about everyone."

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

As a 2008 junior, Uko was all-league and had 88 tackles, six hurries, five sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Don Lugo opens its 2009 season on September 4th against Chino Hills Ayala.

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