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UCLA picks up two new commits

11/30/2011

Despite recently firing head coach Rick Neuheisel, UCLA has picked up a pair of commitments in the last 48 hours.

Defensive back Justin Combs (New Rochelle, N.Y./Iona Prep) and athlete Trayvon Watson (Los Angeles/West Adams Prep) have both announced for the Bruins, although it will be interesting to see if the new head coach chooses to honor the commitments.

Combs, who’s best known for the being the son of rap mogul P. Didddy Combs, took an unofficial visit to Westwood over the summer and said he fell in love with the school. The defensive back released a statement announcing his commitment.

"Today I am truly blessed and thankful to accept my scholarship and give my full commitment to UCLA. Playing Division I football was a life long dream of mine, and through hard work I was able to achieve it. I am a living testament that with a strong relationship with God, family, and hard work dreams do come true."

Combs, a three-star prospect and ranked the No. 8 player in the state, was recruited to play corner for the Bruins and committed over offers from Illinois, Iowa, Virginia and West Virginia.

Watson has emerged this past season as one of the top safeties in the state. He put up big numbers totaling 125 tackles and five interceptions and was also offered by Fresno State and Oregon State.

“I really wanted to stay local and UCLA is a great school,” Watson said. “I don’t look at this as being a risk committing without a head coach because I think UCLA will bring in a good coach. I’m excited about the opportunity to help UCLA turn things around and it’s exciting to know I’ll be a part of the first recruiting class for the new coaching staff.”