Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive back Byron Velega tripped to Cal last weekend and will stay local this week and visit UCLA. The talented cover corner has the Bears leading right now and from the sound of it, it's going to take a lot to beat out the Bears.
"I loved Cal, I actually thought about committing while I was there," Velega said. "I really like Coach Tedford and their defensive backs coach J.D Williams, he's the man. He's the kind of guy I want to play for. We sat down and talked a lot about the defense and specifically how they play their corners. I'm looking for a position coach that is going to make me better. Someone who is going to teach me how to play the game, technique, how to read plays, things like that.
"Coach Williams is able to do all those things, he's just a great coach. I'm looking forward to visiting UCLA as well though. I know early on I wasn't that interested but Coach DeLoach (DB coach) came in for a home visit last night and I really like him as well. He's a good coach and I think I'll be able to learn a lot from him too. They haven't offered yet but I think they will on my visit."
Velega said he actually discussed committed to the Bears on his visit but said he wanted to take the rest of his trips first.
"They told me not to commit if I was still going to take my trips," Velega said. "They told me, 'once you're in, you're in.' If I'm going to take visits, they said do it but at the same time, they also said they only have one spot left for a cornerback and if I wait too long, it could be gone by the time I'm done taking my visits. It's kind of a dilemma for me but I know I have to see what else if out there in order to make an informed decision."
Velega said he still plans to visit Oregon on (Jan. 9) and then could be ready to make his decision.