One of the most asked questions since UCLA had that big weekend in early March when they landed 10 solid commitments and one contingent offer went out wide receiver Kemonte Bateman (6-0, 171, 4.48) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw. Though Bateman has some work to do, he is determined to be a Bruin in 2008.
"The coaching staff sat me down and told me they know about my situation," Bateman said. "They set goals for me that I have to achieve.
"They (UCLA coaches) told me that they know I can that I can do it. Now it's up to me getting the job done.
"Right now I'm going to night school and getting tutored on the weekends. I'm also doing extra activities to get ready for UCLA. It will be an honor for me to go to UCLA."
"I'm doing all the things my parents are telling me to do," Bateman said. "They want me to be able to follow my dream to go to UCLA.
"I will be the first child in my family to attend college. Going to UCLA is a real big thing."
Just in case things don't work out for Bateman and UCLA; Oregon and USC are keeping an eye on the talented wide receiver from Crenshaw.
"Well USC is right down the street from house so I know the environment is good and so are their academics," Bateman said. "Their practices are really intense.
"Oregon's academics are good and the team is solid," Bateman said. "The school also has a good environment.
"But I'm on UCLA and I'm going to work my tail off to the best of my abilities to be a Bruin."
Bateman was the top ranked wide receiver at the recent NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles. He ran superb routes and often made the defensive back look silly. He also showcased soft hands and excellent body control.