There is an athlete on the West Coast who has seen his stock rise of late and this player has just received his first offer. This stellar athlete is being looked at for his skills on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and free safety.
The athlete in question is Gavin Ketchum (6-4, 190, 4.6) from Oak Park, Calif.
The talented Ketchum made the most of his spring break and he hit the road. Ketchum visited the campuses of Oregon and Oregon State unofficially last week.
Ketchum went on his trek to get the recruiting process going and to learn what schools have to offer.
When Ketchum returned he had a written offer sent to him by UCLA.
Ketchum attended UCLA’s junior day on Saturday and he was very impressed by UCLA’s coaching staff. “He liked them,” Kevin Ketchum, Gavin Ketchum’s father said.
Ketchum has been invited to and he will attend USC’s skills camp this weekend.
The scouting report on Ketchum is he’s a big, tall, fast and a throwback – he’s a football player.
As a wide receiver, Ketchum was second amongst junior wide receivers with 14 touchdown receptions. His 14 touchdown catches set the school record.
To give you an idea on how productive Ketchum was as wide receiver one third of his 41 catches went for touchdowns.
Ketchum was fifth in the state for average per catch. He averaged 20.9 yards per catch. Ketchum had an outstanding 855 receiving yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Ketchum had 40 solo tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, two sacks and one safety from his free safety position.
Since Ketchum’s sophomore year he has been a starter in football, basketball and baseball. He is the first athlete in the schools history to so.
Besides UCLA, USC, Oregon, and Oregon State; Cal, Nebraska and Boston College are also showing interest in Ketchum.
What is Ketchum looking for in a school?
“I think a combination of athletic, academics and tradition,” Ketchum said. “And a program that will be right for me to play at.”