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Lake Gets Closer to UCLA Dream

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei defensive back Quentin Lake is one step closer to beginning his childhood dream and took his official visit to UCLA, the school he dreamed of playing for...

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Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei defensive back Quentin Lake had dreamed of going to UCLA since he was a child.


And now, that realization is getting closer and closer for him.

The son of Bruin great Carnell Lake, Quentin long had hoped to go down a similar path collegiately, so when the Bruins offered him at the beginning of the summer, that dream became more real.

Lake committed in August and has stayed loyal to the Bruins throughout and this past weekend, just days before he'll sign his NLI, he finally got to take his official visit to Westwood.

"It was truly a business trip, but it was amazing," said Lake.  "Overall, I was impressed how the football program and the school puts themselves together.  It is organized, disciplined and everyone is very supported in the football program.  It was truly a blessing to take part of this trip and the experience was unbelievable."

Lake was hosted by tight end Caleb Wilson and had a lot of time with the Bruin coaches.

"The coaches I spent the most time with were Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin), Coach (Tom) Bradley and Coach (Jim) Mora," said Lake.

Lake said the way the program is supported stood out.

"What stood out most about this visit was the connection with the people in the program, whether it was the players, the academic team or the coaches," said Lake.  "Everyone was supportive and trying to get you to be a better player on and off the field."

No stranger to the UCLA campus, Lake loved what he saw there and especially with the new facilities.

"The campus is beautiful and you honestly don't want to leave," said Lake.  "It shocked me how amazing the campus is.  The facilities that are being built are something I've never seen before and I'm excited to get to use them."

Lake said he had no hesitations about making his decision early in the process, knowing where he wanted to go well before the offer came in.

"It was a good feeling to get done early and not have to worry about recruiting, but I know that's not for everyone," said Lake.  "I just knew that this was the place I wanted to be and I was confident in my decision."

The realization that he'll get to continue his football career at the school his father starred fulfills a dream from when he was younger and on June 25th, he'll enroll at UCLA.

"It really is a dream come true and I have been dreaming about not only this moment but the moments to come," said Lake. "It is just a true blessing to be able to come to a school where everyone can be so successful and be so driven. But this dream is truly coming true."

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