Hundley Eager For Next Chapter

Chandler (Ariz.) quarterback Brett Hundley, UCLA's highest-rated recruit in the 2011 class, is eager to get started in Westwood and he talks about his official visit and more...

Chandler (Ariz.) quarterback Brett Hundley is three weeks from beginning the next stage of his life.

The West's top quarterback prospect in the class of 2011, has four more days of high school left. A December graduate, the four-star passer is closing the book on a prep career which saw him earn the Gatorade Player of the Year award in Arizona as a junior, amidst other honors.

At the end of the month, Hundley will fly down to Orlando to take part in the UnderArmour All-America Bowl, where he'll become the third UCLA quarterback commit in the game's four-year history to participate.

When that game is over, Hundley will make his way back West, to Westwood, where he'll start college in early January.

"It's really crazy to think, I only have four more days of high school left," said Hundley. "The real crazy thing is knowing you won't be at the house you've been used to for 17 years. It's all a big change. But I've been working my whole life for this opportunity and I can't wait to start at UCLA."

Hundley is the crown jewel of UCLA's 2011 class so far, the highest rated quarterback the Bruins have ever gotten a commitment from in the prep ranks in the ten years of Scout.com.

And with quarterback issues plaguing the Bruins all year, some see Hundley as a potential factor in next year's quarterback race. Some recruits have even gone so far to call him the savior.

"I don't see any pressure being put on me that wouldn't otherwise be there," said Hundley. "The pressure as a quarterback is always there. There are always high expectations of what others have for you. I'm not a savior. I'm just a football player. I just like to tell everyone that I'm just a football player. Hopefully I can go in and help UCLA become the program they should be."

Hundley took his much-anticipated official visit to UCLA over the weekend, and in showing the mark of a committed player, used the weekend to do some recruiting of his own.

"Myself, Sam (Tai) and Aaron (Wallace), we all spent time together because we're all starting there together," said Hundley. "We were just talking up UCLA to everyone, telling them they can be a part of building the program back up. I was talking with Tony Steward, Kevin McReynolds and Harvey Langi a lot, telling them I'd love to play with them. I wasn't putting any pressure on them, because I know I wouldn't want that if I was in their shoes, but I was saying that I was really hoping that they would come to UCLA and get on the team to so we can make an impact. I tried to show them what UCLA has to offer and what UCLA is like. I emphasized with them that it's based on what they think is best for them. But I told them why I thought UCLA was best for me."

Hundley was hosted by John Young on his trip and got to spend time with several of the players, including quarterback Richard Brehaut.

"I already know a lot of the players, but talking with them, they're my teammates now and I was building that relationship with them," said Hundley.

Hundley has heard all the talk about Norm Chow and the offensive playcalling, but said that while he'd be disappointed if there was a change in staff, nothing would shake his commitment to the Bruins.

"I sat down with Coach Chow and with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and we talked about bringing UCLA back together," said Hundley. "I committed to UCLA for the overall program, not for any coach or any system. And I know any decision Coach Neuheisel makes is going to be a wise one."

Hundley said he watched nearly every UCLA game this year, watching the pistol flourish at times, sputter at others. But he's drooling at the thought of himself in that offense.

"The big thing for a quarterback in this offense is that it really makes it hard for the defense to stop you if you run it right, and you can keep the defense honest," said Hundley. "I know they really ran it well at times this year and when it's working, it's hard to stop."

With Kevin Prince still recovering from a knee injury that robbed him of most of the season, and Brehaut still going through some growing pains, the quarterback position could be wide open come spring. And Hundley is eager to show what he's capable of.

"Hopefully I get that chance this spring to do some things, but I can't get complacent and think I just know everything. College will be humbling and I have to put in the work on the field and off the field to become the best player I possibly can," said Hundley. "I welcome the pressure and the expectations because they're no higher than the pressure I put on myself or the expectations I have for myself."

With the countdown started till he becomes a college freshman, Hundley is enjoying his final days in Arizona.

"I'm going to have a good time with my family out here before I leave," said Hundley. "But then I'm off to work."


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