Big Commitment at Need Position

The defensive tackle, C.J. Niusulu from Barstow, whose dream it was to go to UCLA, had his dream fulfilled when he accepted a scholarship offer and verbally committed to the Bruins on Monday...

C.J. Niusulu, 6-2, 281, Barstow (Calif.) High, after a great performance at the recent Nike Camp in San Diego, is one of the hottest defensive tackle prospects in the country. He did so well at the camp that many football recruiting gurus have said they would rank Niusulu among the top ten defensive tackles nationally, and college coaches from around the nation have been starting to show the lineman a great deal of attention.

But Niusulu said he had wanted to go to UCLA "for a long time now." So, when the UCLA coaches offered him a scholarship Monday he accepted immediately. "I've always wanted to go there. I've always thought it was a great school. It was my dream school. My plans and goals have always been to go to UCLA. So when I was offered, it was really a dream come true."

Niusulu said he was also being recruited strongly by Washington, Oregon and USC, among others, and that a "few" of those schools had recently offered him a scholarship.

The big defensive tackle is a good student, carrying a 3.2 GPA and having already achieved a qualifying SAT score. "Education is important to me. That's one of the reasons I chose UCLA - for the academics. I think I want to study computer technology, or possibly engineering or mathematics."

Obviously enamored of UCLA, the school, Niusulu, who said he had over 150 tackles last season and "five or six" sacks, said he also liked the UCLA coaches. "They're real people," Niusulu said. "They're people people. I really got along with them well."

Niusulu first met the UCLA coaches when he was invited to the one-day camp last summer. "Yeah, that was really important for me. I saw UCLA for the first time. I had always been a fan and wanted to go there, but then I fell in love with the campus."

Staying close to home was a factor in his decision. "It was great that UCLA, my favorite school, also had other things going for me. It's close to home, and I really like my family to be able to watch my games."

Niusulu also said that UCLA having many older, veteran defensive linemen who will graduate soon also made things really perfect for him. "I want to play as a freshman, so I could have that opportunity there. I know they'll have competition, but I have high standards. If I work hard, and everything goes well, I can do it. It's all about hard work and dedication."

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