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Committed QB visits UCLA

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Brent Vanderveen took an unofficial visit to UCLA this past weekend and plans to take some other trips but the Arroyo Grande, Calif., dual-threat quarterback said he's still firmly committed to Oregon State.
The 6-foot-5, 203-pound prospect said he plans to take his official visit to Oregon State the weekend of Nov. 19 when the Beavers host Washington but before that some other trips could definitely happen.
"I'm firmly committed," Vanderveen said. "I just really like the atmosphere there. It felt like home. I really like the coaching staff.
"They're struggling a little bit but I feel that we have a good recruiting class right now and we can turn things around. I like the town and the school and I felt like I was home. I really like coach (Mike) Riley. I like him and I've heard great things about him."
The trip to UCLA with Arroyo Grande teammates Seth Jacobs, Garrett Weinreich and some others went well according to Vanderveen, rated as the ninth-best dual-threat quarterback in the 2012 class and No. 55 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com.
The Bruins continue to recruit the three-star prospect but Vanderveen said his trip to the UCLA-Texas game was more about seeing a good matchup and not so much for recruiting purposes.
"It was a lot of fun," Vanderveen said. "I went down with Garrett Weinreich and a couple of other teammates and we had a lot of fun. We met Seth down there. I liked it and it was a good experience.
"I just wanted to get out and watch the game. They're still calling me and sending me letters. I talked to (coach Rick) Neuheisel and I talked to some other coaches also. They were taking it easy and they thanked me for coming. I met the quarterbacks coach and he was talking about their offense and how I'd fit in."
During Arroyo Grande's bye week on the weekend of Nov. 4, Vanderveen said he'll probably visit Arkansas with Jacobs, a four-star linebacker who is still uncommitted. Other trips could happen as well as the fall continues but he reaffirmed that he's still solid with Oregon State.
"I think I am going to take some visits," Vanderveen said. "I know for sure I'm probably going to go with Seth to Arkansas during our bye week. I'm going to take an official there but I'm still debating it."
In total, Vanderveen has offers from Oregon State, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Arkansas State. He committed to the Beavers on June 21. In his junior season, Vanderveen threw for 1,402 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions and rushed for 578 yards and eight scores.
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