UCLA is showing the most early interest in Denzel Talifero, who shined this summer at the B2G Elite Camp, and the Pasadena (Calif.) Muir outside linebacker said he's really warming up to the Bruins.
The 2013 prospect has an offer from SMU and said UCLA, Oregon, Ohio State, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Cal have been showing the most interest.
"I really never liked UCLA but I went up there for the first time when they had their scrimmage and I really liked it," Talifero said. "I got a good feel for them. I like Oregon a lot. I watch them on TV and I wouldn't mind playing for Chip Kelly.
"Everybody else like Nebraska and the other teams I don't really know too much about so I'm just waiting to hear from the coaches and I want to see how I feel around them. I'll probably take my visits and then go from there."
Earlier in his recruitment the 6-foot, 210-pound prospect said he did have a favorite but has since decided to wait things out, see which programs offer, take visits and then make his decision.
This summer Talifero, who grew up in Kansas City, said Ohio State was his top school and he was hoping to get an offer from the Buckeyes. But with so much more interest coming in now he's planning to hold off when it comes to his commitment. First, he's hoping to land more offers.
"At first I did have a favorite but now it's about the best one I could get," Talifero said. "I have to check out the coaches, check out the players, check out the university and then see what happens."
More teams could definitely be getting involved soon especially if Talifero keeps playing so well.
In Muir's season opener against San Gabriel, Talifero finished with 14 tackles and a forced fumble. He totaled nine stops against Saugus last weekend.