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.
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.