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Monday, June 10, 2013
Juco OT Eluemunor commits to UCLA

By Josh Moyer

Junior college offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor (Scranton, Pa./Lackawanna) counted UCLA as his top school before this past weekend's official visit -- and now he counts himself as a UCLA commit.

Eluemunor pledged to the Bruins on Sunday night and became the fourth commit of the 2014 class.

"I loved the campus, I loved the coaches, and I loved the players," Eluemunor said. "It was just the vibe I got from UCLA. I liked it, it felt like home. It was the place for me."

Despite his commitment on the first of his official visits, Eluemunor still plans to take his other scheduled trips. He'll return to the West Coast next Monday to see USC and then he'll travel to Ohio State a few days later on June 21.

He also has officials scheduled for Alabama on July 17 and Arkansas on July 19. The 300-pound tackle already informed the Bruins' staff of his intentions to continue visiting.

"They're cool with it," he said. "They just want me to stay committed -- and I will. But I just want to compare."

Eluemunor's commitment punctuates a unique journey from high school. He wasn't pursued by any Division I or Division II schools as a high school senior, and even Lackawanna College didn't initially foresee him as a first-year starter.

But when injuries thinned out Lackawanna's linemen, Eluemunor was forced to start. And he made an immediate impact. His juco film caught the eye of several of the nation's top programs.

"It's all really cool," said Eluemunor, who emigrated from England. "This is just one step further on my journey to the NFL."