Over the past few years, UCLA has gotten a reputation for not closing as well as other teams. They're hoping to change that as for the second time this week, the Bruins picked up a commitment from a player we feel is a very solid prospect.
Just last week, we talked to Fresno (Calif.) Edison head coach Tim McDonald about his standout receiver Brandon Breazell and at that time, Washington State was holding a slight lead over UCLA. The Bruins were able to overtake the Cougars as Breazell announced for UCLA at his school's basketball game Tuesday night.
We caught up with the wide out earlier today to get his reasons for his decision.
"I wanted to stay closer to home and my parents liked the education at UCLA," Breazell said. "I thought about it a lot over the weekend and UCLA just felt like the right place. I like Coach Embree, who was the receiver coach and Coach DeLoach who was the one recruiting me. Plus I really love the city of Los Angeles. I've been there a number of times with my family and it fits my personality well.
"The UCLA coaches didn't promise me anything but said if I work hard, I would have a chance to come in play early. That's all I'm looking for. I have no problem with working hard and I just want to make the most of the opportunities that I have there."
In addition to the Bruins and Cougars, Breazell, 6-0, 155 pounds tripped to Arizona State and canceled visits with Cal and Nebraska who had also offered. The wide out was a 3rd team All-State selection this past year after catching 57 balls for 1,043 yards and 16 touchdowns.