UCLA Wants To See More of Steele

Kingsburg (Calif.) athlete Garrett Steele has interest from UCLA, and they want to see more of him, specifically on defense and at their camp this summer...

Last fall was a good one for Kingsburg (Calif.), winning the CIF-Central Section title with a 13-0 record and seeing quarterback Tyler Bray bring publicity to the Central California town, eventually signing with Tennessee.

This fall, Garrett Steele, the running back/safety for Kingsburg, figures to bring more attention, notably with his own recruitment.

The 6-1, 195-pound Steele was the running back for Kingsburg last year, earning all-league honors on both sides of the ball and being named CSL Offensive Player of the Year.

So with Bray gone, Steele will carry the load for Kingsburg this fall.

And while he's still waiting for his first offer, several schools are showing interest in him.

"Right now there has been a bunch of schools coming by like Fresno State, UCLA, Arizona, a bunch of Pac-10 schools," said Steele. "Schools say I could play two positions, some like me as a running back and some as a safety. I'd prefer to play running back, but if I have to play safety, I will.

Steele reminds us of Nate Fellner, another Central Cali star who's now a safety at Washington, but played running back in high school. And some schools said that if they get a chance to see him more at safety, that could help him with offers.

"UCLA said they want to see more of me as a safety," said Steele. "A lot of schools are telling me that."

Steele plans to hit six Pac-10 schools for one-day camps during the spring and summer.

"I'll be in Arizona, up through Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, and then down to UCLA and USC," said Steele.

Steele said he prefers the Los Angeles schools.

"I'd say I probably want to go to USC or UCLA, somewhere in L.A.," said Steele. "My dad went to USC so we're a Trojan Family and I always grew up watching them."

So with an idea of what he needs to do, Steele is planning to be diligent during the camp circuit, already performing well at last weekend's Nike Camp at Stanford, and with more camps scheduled in the weeks ahead.

"I'll just do as much as I can and see what happens and go from there," said Steele.

Academically, he's in solid shape with a 3.5 GPA and plans to take the SAT in June. Last fall, he had 1,435 total yards offense (1,006 yards rushing and 429 yards receiving) and scored 27 touchdowns (19 rushing and eight receiving). Defensively, he had 42 tackles and two interceptions and was named all-state.

We saw Steele last fall when checking out Bray, and here is what we wrote then: Despite Bray being the leader of a pass-friendly offense, Steele was the feature back for Kingsburg and he's a tough runner, difficult to bring down on first contact. He's also an excellent receiver out of the backfield and several times, became Bray's safety valve when the pocket collapsed or the coverage on the receivers was tight.

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