Westbrook Staying Home

The Compton (Calif.) Dominguez four-star offensive lineman Lacy Westbrook committed to the school in his backyard, UCLA...

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez four-star offensive lineman Lacy Westbrook had offers that spanned the country, but at the end of the day, he didn't want to stray far from home.

"I committed to UCLA because it was the best place for me and they had been recruiting me the hardest," said Westbrook. "And it was close to home and so I could be by my family."

One of Westbrook's first offers came from the Bruins, an offer sheet that included 2010 BCS Champions Auburn and schools like USC, Washington and Boise State.

"I was interested in the other schools, but UCLA was the best place for me to play and get an education," said Westbrook.

Westbrook said UCLA is bringing him in as an offensive linemen- he plays tackle for Dominguez but projects to guard in college.

"I'll play wherever the coaches want me to play," said Westbrook. "I just want to play."

Westbrook said that offensive coordinator Mike Johnson was the main coach recruiting him, and was recruiting him harder than any other coach, but he let head coach Rick Neuheisel know he was going to be a Bruin.

"I called Coach Neuheisel and he was real excited," said Westbrook. "I am too. And I'm relieved to get it over with."

Westbrook and his Dominguez teammates take on Downey this weekend in a San Gabriel Valley League contest.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and 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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