Demorea Stringfellow was one of many top prospects at the USC-UCLA game on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, watching the Bruins beat their cross-town rival and it made him think about his future.
The four-star from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde who's the top-rated wide receiver in the state by Rivals.com said he's been amazed at how quickly the UCLA coaching staff has turned the program around.
Last season, UCLA was beaten 50-0 by USC and it looked like the Bruins were going nowhere. How things have changed in only one season.
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"It was crazy down there," Stringfellow said. "You had both fans in the same little area so both sides were going crazy.
"It's amazing how the program can turn around in one year. That's a pretty big deal."
Stringfellow, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound recruit, has been committed to Washington since June but is still looking at other programs. UCLA has made a move for him and he said the Bruins' coaching staff continues to diligently pursue him.
Ohio State, Nebraska, Ole Miss and others have been programs mentioned by Stringfellow recently.
"As of right now, I can't even tell you," Stringfellow said. "My mind is everywhere. I'm not worried about the recruiting thing right now. I have to finish my own season first.
"It's been pretty intense with UCLA. They are good coaches and good individuals and they got the team back in the picture of college football so that's a big deal."
Rancho Verde teammate Poasi Moala committed to UCLA after being pledged to Washington and at the game Saturday messed with Stringfellow about following him to the Bruins.
Is there a chance? Sure, but Stringfellow isn't ready to make any decisions yet.
"We were at the game and he said, 'Are you ready to make your commitment?'" Stringfellow said. "I told him I'm not ready yet to do anything."