Wadood de-commits from Cal

There had been whispers that Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco DB Jaleel Wadood could be on the verge of de-committing from his commitment to Cal and the athlete went ahead and pulled back his commitment earlier tonight.

Jaleel Wadood was the top prize in California's commitment list but the athlete has decided to stay closer to home to play his college ball and decommitted earlier tonight.

"Man, this was the hardest thing I've ever had to do," Wadood said. "It's something I've been talking to my dad about for a while now and we decided this was the best thing for me. The hardest part was having to tell the coaches, who I had grown really close with.

"I talked to Coach Stewart, my position coach and Coach Ingram and also left a message for Coach Dykes. In the end, I just decided I didn't want to leave home. UCLA and USC have always been my dream schools and with it just being my dad and I and as close as we are to each other, I didn't want to leave and play anywhere else."

Although Wadood had offers from both local schools before he committed to Cal in the summer, he said it's a completely different scenario now.

"UCLA offered me real late and USC was one of my last offers too," Wadood said. "Cal had been on me hard from the beginning, so part of my decision to commit to Cal was because I was a little bitter at the two schools for waiting so long to offer me.

"I didn't have a very good vibe with USC at all and never really talked much with Kiffin. With UCLA, like I said, I had already decided to commit to Cal before they even offered. Coach Martin explained that they just wanted to see me in camp first and I get that, but it just felt like Cal wanted me more than anyone.

"The past few months, I've been talking to a lot of people who told me that shouldn't be why I choose a school. I mean, that wasn't the only reason, I like Cal a lot but like I said, ever since I grew up, I've always wanted to play for USC or UCLA. So now I'm going to sit back and have that discussion about those two schools and decide where I fit in best."

Wadood will take an official visit to UCLA this weekend and could end up setting up a visit with USC as well.

"I'm excited about the visit to UCLA and I have a great relationship with Coach Martin," Wadood said. "I'm closer with him than anyone else and they like me for safety and that's where I want to play.

"With USC, that win against Stanford really impressed me. Coach Orgeron has really turned things around there and I got a great vibe with them now that I didn't have earlier. I'm just thinking things over right now and figuring everything out and once I get that special feeling about one of the schools and know that's the place for me, that's when I'll go ahead and commit and shut everything down for good."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 16 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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