Malik Cyphers recorded an interception in the first game of his junior season, a good start for the Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cornerback who is already hearing from some new teams.
SMU has offered the 5-foot-10, 165-pound recruit who missed a good portion of his sophomore season with a knee injury and now UCLA and Boise State are getting more involved.
Both programs are intriguing to Cyphers, who said he likes that UCLA is close to home and that Boise State is a powerhouse program always near the top of the rankings.
Cyphers, who had a strong summer with the 1925 All-Stars, will research both of those teams and keep all other options open as well.
"I've had a lot of schools talk to me from all over," Cyphers said. "They've been coming to talk to my coach but the main two schools that have been making a move are Boise State and UCLA.
"They've been showing a little more interest than everyone else. They'll talk to me. A lot of schools are showing interest but both of those are showing a little bit more.
"I would like to keep my options open. It's a factor for UCLA that it's close to home and that would be a top-notch pick. Boise State I've been looking into a lot but my options are open to anywhere at this point."
Cyphers had an interception in the season opener but it really did not change the outcome of the game, a 40-0 Oaks Christian victory over Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro.
Oaks Christian will be challenged again this weekend by Granite Bay, Calif., and then things don't get much easier with tough contests against teams from Southern California.
Cyphers was happy with the pick in the opener and is looking for many more through his junior season.
"The coach called the right plan for the right time knowing it was a passing situation and one of my teammates tipped the ball and it was going out of bounds and I made an athletic play to get the ball and keep my feet in," Cyphers said.