Defensive back Alex Mascarenas (5-11, 180, 4.5) from Mission Viejo, Calif., made his college choice known last Friday when he made his decision known from a list of offers from Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA.
"I committed to UCLA on Friday," Mascarenas said. "I called Coach Rick Neuheisel that I was accepting his offer to be a Bruin in 2009.
"When I took my visit to UCLA," Mascarenas said. "I liked everything about it, the campus and of course the graduation rate is pretty good.
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Though Mascarenas plays both ways, the Bruins recruited him as a defensive back He has the versatility to play either safety or corner for UCLA.
"I don't have a preference where I end up playing," Mascarenas said. "Safety or cornerback are fine with me. I'll play wherever I would get a chance to play.
Mascarenas was one of many who showed up to UCLA's junior day on Saturday.
"Junior day was good," Mascarenas said. "They took us on a tour and then to practice.
"It was their first day in pads," Mascarenas said. "It was a good practice. There wasn't a lot of standing around. There was a lot of running and action.
The Bruins a defensive back who have good instincts for the ball and is an outstanding athlete who has a high football IQ. He's a heady football player who in known to make plays.
Mascarenas earned first-team all-league and second-team all-county honors for his junior season. From his defensive back spot he had four interceptions and had 19 receptions for 334 yards and two touchdowns for his junior season.