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Oregon commit flips to UCLA

1/22/2012

Jeremy Castro (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) took a surprise official visit to UCLA over the weekend, and the long time Oregon commit has had a change of heart and will now stay close to home to play his college ball.

"UCLA just felt like home," Castro said. "Originally, I didn't even want to take this visit, my mom is the one who wanted me to because she loves UCLA. Right away, I just felt so comfortable and loved it there. UCLA is the school I grew up rooting for and being on campus was pretty special for me.

"I love the new coaching staff and really like new head coach Jim Mora a lot. Demetrice Martin has been recruiting me for a long time, he's the one I originally committed to when he was at Washington. Academically, you can't beat UCLA, and I love the fact that it's close to home. The defense is a great fit for me too. They're running a 3-4 defense and like me as an outside linebacker. I'll be blitzing and running around making plays so I'm really excited."

Castro originally had planned to keep his commitment quiet but put 'uclabound' on his twitter page, and that was the end of that secret.

"I guess I wasn't thinking," Castro joked. "I told Tevin McDonald on my visit I would do that, and he hit me up and asked about it, so I changed it real quick. Then the whole world starting calling me, but I'm happy with my decision. The players at UCLA were great with me, and I really bonded well with them.

"Anthony Barr was my host and he's very cool. The new linebacker coach, Jeff Ulbrich, is a great guy and very intense. I'm going to enjoy playing for him as well as Coach Mora. There's a different feeling at UCLA right now and I'm excited to be a Bruin."