McKay Staying Close to Home

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Stanjarivus McKay committed to a Southern California school, doing it over the weekend on an official visit but making it public on Wednesday...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Stanjarivus McKay (6-2, 200) finally went public with his commitment to UCLA, which he made over the weekend on his official visit.

"I just wanted to use this week to talk to all of the coaches of the other schools and let them know I was going to UCLA," said McKay. "Colorado was the hardest to tell because I really liked them. But UCLA is my dream school and always my top school."

McKay had visited Colorado during the fall, and the Buffs were one of the first to offer McKay. But when the Bruins offered him this month, then scrapped an initial plan to greyshirt him, it was clear to him that Westwood would be his destination.

"I talked to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel today and just let him know that I was telling everyone now and that I'm going to UCLA," said McKay. "I talked to Coach (Reggie) Moore yesterday and he's excited that I'm coming."

McKay said he's eager to get to UCLA and begin his career with the Bruins.

"I needed one more class and I could have graduated early, so I'll go up in June," said McKay. "But I get to move there like June 24th and be there for summer school."

In McKay, the Bruins land one of the fastest rising safeties in the West. McKay didn't start for the Jackrabbits until his senior year, playing behind a pair of four-star safeties last year in Herman Davidson and Vaughn Telemaque.

This year, he earned all-CIF honors and helped Poly to the CIF-SS Pac-5 title and a spot in the CIF State Open Division championship.

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