Uko: "UCLA Coming On Strong"

The #3-ranked defensive tackle in the nation, Chino Don Lugo's George Uko, took his official visit to UCLA this last weekend and came away very impressed, so much so that the Bruins are moving up his list...

Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo defensive tackle George Uko (6-4, 295), the top player at his position in the West, returned from his second official visit this past weekend, having tripped to UCLA.

"It was good, real good," said Uko. "It was a little bit better than Cal (his first trip). They both have their pros and cons. Cal has their good things and UCLA has their good things. But overall I really liked UCLA."

Uko had been to the UCLA campus before, for unofficial visits and for the UCLA camp, but was able to see more this time.

"The highlight was hanging with the players, and getting to see the whole campus," said Uko. "My host was Datone Jones and I hung out with him, Sheldon Price and Marlon Pollard. And then I saw Richard Ash and Owa Odighizuwa there on their visits."

Uko said that most of his time spent with the coaching staff was with head coach Rick Neuheisel and defensive line coach Todd Howard, but he also spent time with other coaches.

"Me and Coach Howard, we're building a solid relationship," said Uko. "And I talked to Coach Neuheisel quite a lot. He made a real good impression on my family especially. I also talked to Coach (Chuck) Bullough, and talked to Coach (Norm) Chow for the first time."

Uko had seemed to cool on the Bruins over the summer, but he said they are right back in it for him.

"When they broke down the depth chart for me and showed me I could come in and play, that stood out to me," said Uko.

He was planning to visit Oregon this coming weekend, but that trip is being adjusted.

Uko said: "I was supposed to visit Oregon this weekend, but it didn't work with my family so we're doing it later. I don't know what weekend we'll do it. My family didn't want me doing it by myself, they want to go up with me, so we'll see when that is."

Uko said that USC continues to remain in front for his services: "USC is still my leader, but UCLA is coming on strong. I take my USC trip when they play UCLA on November 28th. I think I'll just take four trips and not a fifth trip. And I'll announce at the UnderArmour Game."

Uko said he's thrilled to have the honor of playing in Orlando, and he's looking forward to the end of his recruitment.

"I'm real excited about the UnderArmour game. I worked hard for that. And I'm looking forward to committing somewhere and just know where I'm going so I can get this over with," said Uko.

On the year, Uko has 13 sacks and has scored five touchdowns offensively, four as a fullback and one as a tight end.

"I'm hoping maybe I can play a little goalline offense in college and maybe score a touchdown or two," said Uko.

Academically, Uko is fully qualified.

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