There once was a saying go west young man, go west. Could one of the east coast's top defensive tackle prospects be hearing that siren call? Defensive tackle Tyler Stockton (6-1, 290, 4.9) from Princeton (N.J.) Hun School has interest in western schools and has received his first offer from a Pac 10 school.
"I'm very interested in West Coast schools and I wouldn't mind going out there for college," Stockton said. "UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel offered me a scholarship and I have interest in UCLA. I'm also interested in Cal and Washington.
"I was excited about UCLA's offer," Stockton said. "There is good weather there, UCLA has a good tradition and they play good football.
"I will definitely trip to the West Coast, but I don't know when," Stockton said. "My former teammate, Ernest Owusu is at Cal and he likes the West Coast. I don't see why I won't like the West Coast as well.
"I'm going to get in touch with Coach Neuheisel this week," Stockton said. "I know that he a busy man with his new position.
"I open to all West Coast schools."
Besides UCLA, Stockton's list of offers include Penn State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Villanova.
"My coach thinks Michigan State and Tennessee are going to offer soon," Stockton said. "I'm looking for a school with a good atmosphere and a college where I can excel in academics as well as football.
The reason the interest in Stockton is obvious. He was League Player of the Year, first-team all-state, and first-team all-area after accounting for 70 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, nine sacks and three fumble recoveries as a junior.
Is Stockton going to take in any football camps this spring and early summer?
"As of right now I'm not sure what camps I'll attend," Stockton said. "I believe I will end up going to some camps though.
The scouting report on Stockton is he's very quick off the ball. He an explosive player and a hard worker. He's already very quick, but he's working hard in the offseason to become quicker and stronger.