JC D-End Tells UCLA He's a Bruin

Morgan Breslin, the 6-3, 250-pound defensive end from Pleasant Hill (Calif.) Diablo Valley, who led the state in JC sacks in 2010, got a hold of UCLA's Rick Neuheisel yesterday and made it official...

Morgan Breslin has been waiting a while to be able to realize his dream and verbally commit to a high-major football program.

So, waiting the last couple of days trying to get ahold of UCLA Head Coach Rick Neuheisel wasn't that big of a deal.

"I told the (UCLA) defensive coordinator I wanted to commit on Monday," Breslin said, "But then I wanted to tell Coach Neuheisel. I couldn't get ahold of him for a couple of days, though."

When the 6-3, 250-pounder from Pleasant Hill (Calif.) Diablo Valley finally did get the UCLA head coach on the phone, he told him what he wanted to hear. "I said, 'I know what I want to do and it's commit to you.' It felt so good to say it. It really is a dream come true for me."

Breslin has had a bit of a wandering path to get to this point from playing in high school at Walnut Creek (Calif.) Las Lomas. When he was a senior he was injured (broken elbow), was also smaller, probably 220 pounds, played defensive tackle, and also didn't have the academics to qualify out of high school. So, put that alltogether and that resulted in no recruiting interest.

"I really got it together, because I really wanted to play college football," Breslin said.

Not only in the classroom, but on the field. Last season, he led all California JCs with 12 sacks to go with 50 tackles and 21 tackles for loss. That performance as a freshman garnered him a great deal of recruiting interest, netting him 11 scholarship offers to date. Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Utah, Boise State, Purdue, San Diego State, Iowa State, Nevada and Arkansas State had offered Breslin.

But things changed when UCLA offered Breslin a few days ago.

"I knew as soon as UCLA offered that I wanted to go there," he said. "It's everything they have to offer, football and academics. I just like everything about the school."

Breslin will have three years to play two, and intends to graduate early from Diablo Valley, and enroll in time for spring practice 2012. He said, "That's what I want to do, but if I can't get it done in time, I'll just come in fall."

He's hoping he'll be able to get some immediate playing time. "I think UCLA will be graduating some people on the defensive line," he said, "And I'm hoping for some kind of playing time."

But for now, Breslin is ecstatic with his decision. "I reall can't believe it," he said. "It's so exciting, just a dream come true."

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