Bruins In Barajas' Top Five

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure offensive lineman David Barajas updates recruitment with a top five, and UCLA is in the mix for him...

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure lineman David Barajas is one of the top linemen in Southern California, and according to his high school coach Todd Therrian, has the potential to be one of the best linemen to come out of their program.

"All of the Pac-12, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Texas A&M, Nebraska, and Wisconsin is where I am hearing from. I have no verbal offers yet. I am starting to feel a little stressed because of all the attention I am getting, but I am lucky to have the right support system," said Barajas.

Having grown up in California his entire life, the Barajas says, "I would like to go out of state."

However when asked to name his top five programs, his listed included two California powerhouses, so he might be willing to reconsider his claim of waiting to leave the state.

"At this point, Oregon, USC, UCLA, LSU and Arizona are my top-five," said Barajas.

With plans to take all five official visits, Barajas said, "I hope to make a decision before my senior year season starts."

Before having visited each school, Barajas was able to pinpoint what he likes about each of his favorite programs.

"Oregon is at number one. I like their formation, and business school."

"USC is number two, because of the excellent communications department, and I like the way their offense is run, it is very similar to the formations at my high school."

"UCLA is number three. I like the tradition there, and the optimism in the program, and also the way things are run."

"LSU is on my list because going there would challenge me. I wouldn't be the biggest player there. I like their strong winning tradition and it would be fun to be part of the SEC conference."

Barajas lists exactly what he is looking for in a program: "Strong academics, athletic tradition, campus life, and a high graduation rate are all important characteristics that I am looking for in a school."

In order to ensure his likelihood to end up at school that meets all of his high-standards, Barajas is working hard during the off-season to make sure he is as competitive as possible at the next level.

"I am preparing to take the SAT, and working to improve my grades, I am also participating in track this spring," said Barajas.

St. Bonaventure's track team just so happens to be lead by his football coach, Therrian, who has recruited Barajas to throw the shotput. Coach Therrian believes this will help to improve his game in the off-season.


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