Defensive tackle George Uko (6-4, 300, 4.93) from Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo is one of the fastest rising prospects in the country, not just the western region. Uko has been a standout this spring at every camp, he has attended and because so, he has seen his offers rise to eight.
Uko now has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
"I don't have any favorites at this time," Uko said. "I will be going to UCLA's camp again this June and will attend USC's Rising Star Camp.
Uko was one of the standouts at the recent NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles.
"The NIKE Camp was fun," Uko said. "I liked all the different workouts and how well organized the camp was. I also liked the one-on-ones."
The word is the players that had to tangle with Uko at the camp didn't like the one-on-ones quite as much as Uko. He was dominating.
One of the reasons that Uko has been so good this spring on the camp circuit is he has been working his tail off to get better this offseason as he is getting ready for his senior season.
In the weight room, Uko has improved his bench to 325 and when you consider his long arms that is quite a lift. His squat is 475 and is power clean is a very impressive 300 pounds. He has also recorded a 30-inch vertical and that is outstanding when you consider Uko is a 300 pounder. All of his weight room numbers have improved since January.
Uko has been seen at both UCLA and USC spring practices and he is supposed to go to the Trojan huddle on Saturday to take in the spring game. He may end up going to Oregon's junior day on May 2nd, but he doesn't know for sure.
Could Uko be an early commitment?
"I'm going to take all of my visits before I make my decision," Uko said. "Then I'm going to sit down with my parents and then make my decision."
Uko is a good all-around athlete who also plays basketball and averaged 15 points per game and 8.5 rebounds a game. He gives playing basketball credit for helping with his footwork and quickness.
Though Uko had a lot of attention from the opposition in terms of double teams in 2008, he still racked up 89 tackles and five sacks. He also played tight end catching two passes for 30 yards and a touchdown. His junior season performance saw him earn first-team all-league and second-team all-CIF.