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Wysocki finds right fit in Pac-10

UCLA is focused on landing some top offensive linemen in its 2011 recruiting class and the Bruins picked up a big piece Monday when Los Alamitos, Calif., offensive guard Ben Wysocki called coach Rick Neuheisel and committed.
"I've always liked UCLA," Wysocki said.
"I went into the recruiting process not having a favorite school. I thought it was cool I was getting looked at by these awesome schools and getting offered and I honestly thought I'd wait to make the choice but after going to see the school and meeting the coaching staff and being at camps I really thought it was the place I should be."
Wysocki is a 6-foot-4, 265-pound prospect who had offers from UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State and Northern Arizona.
There were preliminary plans to wait out his recruitment a little longer but after being around UCLA this summer he decided it was time to wrap things up.
"I'm a really good fit there," Wysocki said.
"They're really trying to build their offensive and defensive line in this recruiting class and it just seemed like the right place to go. It still has everything close to home and that's really important that you have that support really close where you can see your family on the weekends."
Another important factor in Wysocki's decision was his relationship with UCLA offensive line coach Bob Palcic. The two have worked together at the Bruins' summer camp and all along they bonded. It played a big role in Wysocki's recruitment and Palcic was a major reason why UCLA won out.
"Coach Palcic is an awesome coach," Wysocki said. "He really knows what he's talking about and I have a good relationship with him.
"Our personalities go well together and he seems like a really good guy and he was giving me pointers during camps. He seemed like he really cared about what I could do and it would be awesome to be coached by him."
UCLA is wasting little time getting commitments from offensive linemen. Wysocki, Arvada (Colo.) Arvada West offensive tackle Marc Mustoe and Lakewood, Calif., offensive tackle Torian White have already pledged to the Bruins. Wide receivers Junior Pomee and Brandin Cooks have also picked UCLA.
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