There is no question that JUCO defensive tackle Branden Warner (6-2, 280, 4.78) from Compton (Calif.) College is one of the fastest rising prospects. He recently picked up an offer from UCLA and the word is he received an offer from Florida to go with the offers he has on the table from Arizona and Washington State. Warner made his college choice earlier this evening.
"Branden just committed to UCLA," Southwest College defensive coordinator and mentor Keith Miller said. "He's excited about being a Bruin."
"Branden will be on the UCLA campus this Thursday shaking hands and kissing babies," Miller said. "He's currently in the process of calling everyone back home to tell them the good news."
"Rick Neuheisel was whooping and hollering when he heard the good news earlier tonight," Miller said. "UCLA landed a very good one in Branden. One thing is for sure no one is going to outwork him."
Warner appears to be just as excited as Neuheisel.
"I talked to both Rick Neuheisel and DeWayne Walker," Warner said. "I told them I would love to be a Bruins and they were happy and excited. I'm fired up."
"I will still take my official visit to Washington State on Friday (Nov. 14), but I'm going to UCLA on Thursday to talk to Coach Neuheisel and Coach Walker."
Warner originally hails from Atlanta (Ga.) Mays where he was a standout on the high school level. He has continued his dominant ways at Compton College. He has accounted for 27 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown.
The Bruins get in Warner, a guy who is a great athlete with tremendous quickness and is very explosive off the ball. He is a team first guy and is very coachable.
Warner is just what the doctor ordered for UCLA. One position of dire need for the Bruins is big guys on both sides of the ball.
The Bruins win the services of Warner over offers from Florida, Arizona and Washington State. The word is there were several other schools ready to get into the fray.
Excellent get for the Bruins.
Warner will enter school in time to participate in spring practice and two years to play two.