Pierre Cormier had a huge junior season but the San Diego (Calif.) Madison all-purpose back is still under the radar. UCLA has offered but Cormier said he's not really hearing from any other schools.
That the Bruins offered so early is a big deal to Cormier, who rushed for 1,471 yards and 20 touchdowns on 178 carries this past season. He'll be at UCLA for its junior day later this month and he's really looking forward to it.
"They had been talking to one of my coaches about me and I knew they were interested so I gave them a call because my coach told me they wanted me to call and talk to them," Cormier said.
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"My coach said they had some good news for me so I called them up and they watched my highlight tape and offered.
"I'm really interested in them. It's in a great conference, it's close to home, it's a good school and they have a legit football program. Their recruiting is getting much better as well. They have some good guys so it's a good place and I think I'd fit in there well."
Cormier, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect who also caught two touchdown passes as a junior, did not talk about an early commitment because he still hasn't met the coaching staff so the upcoming trip to UCLA will be important.
More than just football, Cormier said he wants to get a well-rounded idea of what it's like to be a student at UCLA and how he would thrive at that school. Meeting the coaching staff is also crucial since playing for the Bruins could become a reality.
"I'll be going up later this month for junior day," said Cormier, who added Colorado has shown a little bit of interest. "I'll be meeting them all there for the first time when I go up there.
"I want to go there and look at the school as a regular student. I want to look at it as if I wasn't playing football. I want to look at the campus and I want to know more about the coaching staff. That's what I'll be looking for."