Lucien Staying Close to Home

Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Devin Lucien picks the hometown Bruins to close out their class and give Brett Hundley a future target...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Devin Lucien was torn on Sunday with where he wanted to go.

So the four-star used every bit of the time he could to come to a decision.

Announcing late Wednesday afternoon, the Scout 300 member ultimately picked hometown UCLA.

"I'm going to UCLA," said Lucien. "They just had everything to give me all around to make me and my family happy."

Lucien had narrowed his final schools down to Arizona State, Colorado, Miami and the Bruins, and in the end, the hometown school earned his signature.

"I know they haven't been winning but I want to help them get back," said Lucien.

The UCLA education also played a factor.

"That degree from there is great and if I'm not fortunate enough to go to the league, I need to have something to sit back on and it doesn't get better than a UCLA degree," said Lucien.

Lucien said he appreciated all of his options.

"All of the schools I had were great, but UCLA all-around was just the right spot," said Lucien. "When it came down to it, it was the place."

And the opportunity to play near his family was big.

"I have a beautiful and supportive family who wants to be a part of my decision and they got me here and so they played a part between Miami and UCLA," said Lucien.

Lucien said the UCLA coaches were thrilled with his decision.

"Coach Mike Johnson and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel were very happy," said Lucien.

Brandon is in his sixth year with Scout.com, currently as the West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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