It has been well-publicized recently that Michael Lazarus is working on an offer from UCLA and that's definitely the case for the Berkeley, Calif., linebacker who looked good at the Los Angeles Rivals Camp recently.
The 6-foot-2, 201-pound three-star linebacker said he's developed a strong relationship with UCLA position coach Jeff Ulbrich and now he's trying to convince the rest of the Bruins' staff that an offer should be given out.
If that happens, UCLA could be tough to beat but others remain firmly in the mix, too.
Article Continues Below
"I'm still high on them," Lazarus said of the Bruins. "Coach Ulbrich and I have been talking a lot. Basically, we're just working on our relationship and he's trying to get the rest of the coaching staff on board.
"Coach Ulbrich is really high on me. He said to keep being patient and everything is going to be good."
Another program Lazarus is working for an offer is Mississippi State. The Berkeley standout has reached out a great deal to those coaches and he's hopeful they'll visit him soon.
Lazarus, who already has offers from Arizona State, Cal, Fresno State and Washington State, seems more focused than ever on Mississippi State and landing an offer from that SEC program.
"I've been contacting them so hopefully they make it down to the Bay Area," Lazarus said.
"If I get that offer that would really be big for me. I'm really high on Mississippi State. I really want that offer."
Arizona State is the latest offer for Lazarus, who said he's talking more with assistant coach Chris Ball and that the Sun Devils' coaches were surprised by his size. Lazarus is one of the better-looking linebacker prospects in California's 2014 class.
"I was surprised by that offer," Lazarus said.
"I wasn't expecting that one. It was good. Coach Ball was happy by seeing me and he was surprised by my size. He wasn't expecting me to be this big. He liked my size and they're really going to start recruiting me hard."