Bruins Are the Favorite for Utah OL

Provo (Utah) Timpview lineman Kalvin Cusick has an older brother who is a walk-on and was a prep teammate of freshman All-American Xavier Su'a-Filo, so it's no surprise he's favoring UCLA...

Provo (Utah) Timpview lineman Kalvin Cusick knows what recruiting is like, has a good idea of what college football will be like, and most importantly, knows what winning is like.

Playing at Timpview, Cusick has been a part of three of Timpview's four straight state championships. He's also played with elite prospects who've gone on to college like Xavier Su'a-Filo, a freshman all-American at UCLA last fall, Craig Bills, a highly-touted safety prospect at BYU, who's now serving an LDS mission and Chris Badger, a freshman safety at Notre Dame, just to name a few.

He's also the younger brother of UCLA linebacker Alex Cusick, a walk-on from Orem who's entering his second season with the Bruins.

Given those advantages, it's no surprise that Cusick is more than ready to handle the recruiting process, one that figures to accelerate for him in the weeks ahead.

Last week, Scout.com named him as one of the players to watch in the spring, players who's recruitment should take off during the evaluation period.

While Cusick is waiting for his first offer, several schools are interested in the 6-3, 281-pounder, who can play defensive tackle or on the interior offensive line.

"I haven't gotten any offers yet, but hopefully soon," said Cusick. "I'm hearing the most from Utah, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, BYU and USC."

Cusick said the side of the ball he'll play in college is up for debate, depending on the school recruiting him.

"BYU said they like me as a center, guard or defensive tackle, Utah said as a tackle and UCLA and USC like me as an offensive guard," said Cusick. "If I could have it my way, I would play defensive tackle. But I've gotten better as an offensive lineman so I can see myself playing there. I'm just a defensive player at heart."

Cusick said that BYU and UCLA are recruiting him the hardest at this point, and he's plenty familiar with both schools, with BYU having the hometown advantage and UCLA being where his brother is at.

"My favorite school is UCLA, but I like USC, Utah and BYU a lot too," said Cusick. "But UCLA is on top. I've been out there already this spring and me and my teammate Bryson McKenzie (a Scout Watch List running back) are going to the Spring Game at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night before we go to the Nike Camp on Saturday."

Cusick said he's talked often with offensive line coach Bob Palcic and defensive line coach Todd Howard.

"When I was out there during the fall, I talked mostly with Coach Palcic but when I went to their spring practice, I sat in on the defensive line meetings with Coach Howard," said Cusick. "They're recruiting me for offensive line and they want me to come to their lineman camp. They said if I perform well, I could get an offer."

And if an offer materializes, would Cusick jump on it?

"It would be hard to turn it down because I like UCLA a lot and it's my top school," said Cusick. "We'll just see what happens."

In the meantime, Cusick continues to communicate with several schools and has seen things pick up in the last few weeks since a stellar performance at the Los Angeles UnderArmour Combine.

"I guess I did pretty good there and was named Most Valuable Lineman so a lot of people are really interested in me," said Cusick. "I'm going to the Nike Camp this weekend at USC and then I'm planning to go to camps at Utah, UCLA and USC again this summer."

At the same time, Cusick and his Timpview teammates are putting in the work necessary to make it five straight state titles come fall.

"We lost a lot of guys last year and we pulled together and won it again," said Cusick. "This year, our offense should be really strong, we have a lot of starters back and our defense is always good. Plus, we don't want to be the class that ends it."

Cusick was an all-state selection in 2009 and will enter his third year as a starter this fall.

Academically, he has a 3.3 GPA and took the ACT last month.


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