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Stanford commit checks out UCLA

Stanford commit Kodi Whitfield (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) took an official visit to UCLA over the weekend. He just visited the Cardinal the previous week and said it was a good opportunity to compare the two schools with each other.

“I really had a good time at UCLA,” Whitfield said. “I’ve been up there before but this being an official visit, I was able to spend a lot more time on campus, see the Rose Bowl and hang out more with the other recruits, coaches and players on the team. Visiting the Rose Bowl was definitely a highlight. That’s an amazing place and the plans to renovate it sound pretty cool.

“I spent a lot of time with Coach [Eric] Yarber and I like him a lot. He’s a high-energy guy with a great personality. He’s a cool guy, very lively and someone I clicked with immediately. I also spent a lot of time with Coach [Jim] Mora and [Noel] Mazzone and they broke down how I would fit into their offense. They see me as an outside receiver in their spread formations with the opportunity to play early if I can earn it.”

Academically, Stanford has few peers but Whitfield said he liked what UCLA had to offer in that area as well.

“UCLA offers a lot academically as well,” Whitfield said. “A degree from UCLA is definitely a good one and carries a lot of weight. I met with the academic advisers and I’m very comfortable with UCLA in that area. I don’t think I would be compromising anything at UCLA.

“Right now, I’m still committed to Stanford but I think UCLA is a good option to have as well. I’m going to make my final decision on signing day and we’ll see if anything changes for me between now and then. I don’t have any home visits set up with anyone, so I’ll just take the next couple of weeks and think things over and do what I feel is best for me.”