Wednesday, March 20, 2013
UCLA nearly adds a surprise commitment
By Erik McKinney
Erik Brown (Fontana, Calif./Summit) had an idea that UCLA was going to offer a scholarship when he took an unofficial visit there on Wednesday. He had no idea how close he'd come to committing.
"I went in with a plan," Brown said. "UCLA is very high on my list, but it is way too early. I'm not thinking about committing at all. But I had to hold myself back today. I got really close to committing, being there all day today."
Brown is plenty familiar with UCLA, as his mom works at the medical center. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound receiver said he has grown up on both the UCLA and USC campuses, having attended several events at each school and spending plenty of time around both campuses.
Brown didn't mince words when asked what the UCLA offer means at this point in the process.
"It's huge," he said. "It's my first Pac-12 offer that's close to home. I'm very excited about it."
Brown spent most of his day hanging out with the coaches. He said the biggest thing he took away from the meeting was the relationship that head coach Jim Mora and wide receivers coach Eric Yarber have.
"I didn't know how far back they went," Brown said. "That's very important to me, because I like a family environment."
The offer from UCLA adds to previous offers from Houston, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State and Washington. Brown said Arizona State, Boise State and BYU are showing heavy interest and could be the next schools to extend an offer. But if Brown was able to make it through the visit to UCLA without committing, it's likely he'll stick to his original recruiting schedule.
"My plan right now is to let this all play out," Brown said. "I haven't even reached my senior season yet. But right now, it's playing out perfectly."