Washington OT commit Kalepo hearing from UCLA and USC
Universally recognized four-star offensive tackle Nathaniel Kalepo thinks playing college football at home is the best idea. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound prospect from Rainer Beach HS in Seattle, Wash. is committed to the Huskies. This all happened over a year ago, before his junior season.
That hasn’t stopped UCLA and USC from recruiting him. Justin Frye from UCLA and Neil Callaway and Eric Ziskin from USC are still pushing to flip Kalepo from Washington.
Kalepo said he last heard from USC in mid-September and that the Trojans want him on campus.
“They sent me a picture,” Kalepo said. “It was an invitation to a game and they wanted me to come out.”
UCLA has sent similar invitations.
“They’re telling me the same thing as USC, they want me to come out,” Kalepo said of UCLA.
But at this moment, Kalepo doesn’t plan to visit either school.
“Right now, no,” Kalepo said when asked if he’ll visit UCLA or USC.
When asked if there was any chance he’ll take visits outside of Washington, Kalepo said “we’ll see.”
The Washington coaching staff will fight to prevent that. There’s even a policy in place to keep him from visiting other schools.
“The policy for the UDub commits is we’re not allowed to take officials, just to UDub,” Kalepo said. “So we’ll see how it plays out.”
We’ll all know what’s happening soon enough. Kalepo graduates in December. He plans to sign and enroll early.
Right now, it would be a surprise if either school pulled Kalepo away from his current pledge. When asked if he could rethink recruiting after the football season, Kalepo said “no most likely not, honestly.”