Massington to UCLA

Set to announce Saturday, among a final three of Alabama, Arizona State, and UCLA, a "gut feeling" has led to an earlier decision for four-star Texas receiver Eldridge Massington.

"I didn't know what to do at first, that's why I was going to wait until Saturday," explained Massington. "I was so confused. But after really looking into it, and doing all the pros and cons, UCLA was the best fit."

Jim Mora and staff's NFL experience was the top 'pro'.

"I know I can get to the League from anywhere, but from UCLA, once I get to there, I'll be polished. They can show me the things it takes to make it, give me the inside, make sure I'm ready when I get there."

Second advantage: the trust and relationships Massington has established with the coaching staff, his best and closest connections being with recruiter Adrian Klemm and receivers coach Eric Yarber.

"Those are my guys," he said. "I'm excited to work with 'em."

Once committed to USC, Massington was quick to squash rumors of joining UCLA to "stick it" to the Trojans.

"I have no hard feelings with USC. In fact, I have a USC shirt on right now as we speak," he laughed. "I'm in a great place and I'm ready for what's ahead."

With this, the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder becomes the 19th pledge in the Bruins' 2013 class, the third receiver, and the third Texan, joining offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch and linebacker Deon Hollins.

He graduates Friday from West Mesquite High School, and will be in L.A. before January classes begin, ready to begin ACL rehab with the University staff and get that jump start to his college debut.

Note: UCLA is willing to let Massington run track in the spring, which excites him and also played a part- largely because Maurice Green, former world record-holder in the men's 100m, was named to staff this fall.

"To work with Coach Green would be a dream come true," said Massington. "He promised he could get me down from a 10.4 to a 10-flat and have me ready for combines."


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