Four-star cornerback Brandon Sermons (6-1, 183, 4.42) from Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch has been one of the most sought after corners in the Golden State. He had several offers on the table, but he made one school very happy with his decision and he pulled the trigger by selecting his college choice this evening.
Sermons had offers from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington State, Colorado, Colorado State, San Diego State and Utah.
"I think it is a huge get for UCLA," Diamond Ranch head coach Roddy Layton said. "UCLA now has two of the best corners in the San Gabriel Valley."
"Sheldon Price and Brandon have been texting each other saying how they will be able be lockdown cover corners and be a part of something special," Layton said. "They want to be a part of bringing the program back to where they can compete with anyone."
"Rick Neuheisel was very aggressive when he went after those coordinators DeWayne Walker and Norm Chow and now he being aggressive in recruiting going after the best players," Layton said. "Kids are impressed when a helicopter lands next to the field and out jumps Rick Neuheisel to watch them play."
"By going to UCLA, Brandon is setting his own path," Layton said. "His brother went to USC, but he felt that UCLA was a perfect fit for him."
"Brandon was excited about Arizona and Colorado, too, and we told him wherever he goes we were going to support him," Layton said. "By choosing UCLA, he gets to go to a great university and it's local so his Mom and his family can see him play."
"I am happy and proud for him," Layton said. "It is a great day. Brandon makes it another Pac 10 athlete that we have developed. We have players at USC, Oregon, Cal and now UCLA."
The Bruins land an outstanding player in Sermons. He was selected to the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 for the class of 2009 landing as the Golden State's No. 30 prospect at any position.