Three-star defensive back Chris Conte (6-3, 180, 4.5) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola was a longtime commit to Cal but in the back of his mind. In his heart he was hearing the song of a different school and in the end the talented safety decided to follow his heart.
Conte changed his mind and committed to UCLA, but it wasn't easy.
"It was definitely a tough decision," Conte said. "Cal is a good school and Coach Jeff Tedford was great.
"That was the hardest part because I got to know them. The whole Cal coaching staff was great.
"My decision wasn't based on anything negative about Cal," Conte said. "I just felt very strongly about the opportunity at UCLA and I have been a fan of UCLA my whole life. It was too hard to pass up."
"Working with Coach DeWayne Walker was definitely a plus and I'm hoping that all his knowledge will rub off on me," Conte said. "It will be good to be coached by Coach Walker."
"I also want to be part of what UCLA is going to do over the next couple of years. I think UCLA is on the right track and will do some special things.
Conte is an outstanding athlete who can play either safety or cornerback on the next level.
"I will probably play free safety but I could play some corner in some packages when we need a tall corner," Conte said. "The decision was tough but I just felt strongly about UCLA and I decided to follow my heart."