Brandon Beaver is only a junior but he already has four verbal offers including one from UCLA and the Bruins stick out to him since the Compton (Calif.) Dominguez cornerback said he likes the idea of staying close to home. He will look at all options though.
"I like that they keep me involved with the program and invite me to stuff," Beaver said of UCLA. "One of the players, he came from Dominguez, Aaron Hester, I talk to him a lot about college and he's keeping me up-to-date about UCLA.
"(Location) is going to play a big factor because being so close to home it's not far to travel and my parents and my friends are right there. Right now UCLA is sticking out a little bit but I'm not sure yet."
Fresno State, New Mexico and New Mexico State have also verbally offered Beaver, a 6-foot-1, 176-pound cornerback who has five interceptions so far this season. Dominguez faces Arroyo Grande in the playoffs this weekend.
Arizona State and Boise State are the main programs showing interest in Beaver, who's been to a few UCLA games this season including its win over Oregon State, but neither the Sun Devils nor the Broncos have offered yet.
The Southern California prospect doesn't plan to rush a decision and even though staying closer to home is an option he's also thinking about exploring outside of Los Angeles to see what else is available. At the very least, Beaver wants to take some official visits next season.
"I'm going to wait it out," Beaver said. "I'd like to take a bunch of different trips to schools to check out the schools and weigh my options."