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Fortune hopeful UCLA offers soon

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DeShawn Fortune had a strong performance at the UCLA Lineman Camp on Sunday and he's hopeful an offer comes from the Bruins soon.
The Etiwanda, Calif., defensive tackle has some reasons to be encouraged since the UCLA coaching staff has become increasingly interested in him in recent weeks and definitely paid special attention to him during the weekend workout.
"They said they'll be in touch," Fortune said. "They liked what they saw (Sunday) and they liked what they saw on film so they said they'll be in touch.
"They were really just critiquing my technique, telling me things I can do better and how I can defeat that better. That's really it and just cheering me on."
The 6-foot-1, 262-pound prospect who also looked good at the recent B2G Elite Camp said an offer from the Bruins would mean a whole lot in his recruitment. Pushed to clarify what that meant, Fortune said he would "more than likely" commit if the UCLA offer comes through.
So far, only San Jose State and Weber State have offered him. Fresno State is also showing a lot of interest.
"It would mean a lot to me, a very lot," Fortune said. "Since my freshman year it's been one of my top schools. If they do offer it would be a dream come true."
Fortune, who started his junior season at middle linebacker before eventually moving to defensive tackle, said coming out to UCLA's camp was a major deal for him, a chance to show the coaches that he's a legitimate Pac-12 prospect.
"It was very motivating," Fortune said. "Just knowing how I've been overlooked for a while. People are just barely seeing my highlight tape, just really coming out and showing what I can do in person."
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