Barajas: "UCLA All the Way"

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure offensive lineman, David Barajas discussed the CIF-SS playoffs and his admiration for UCLA....

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure offensive lineman David Barajas, a top 25 center nationally, has a UCLA offer, and he talked about where the Bruins stand in his recruitment.

"I am very much thinking about committing to UCLA in the next week or so," said Barajas.

Barajas went on to describe what has him fired up about being a Bruin.

"First off it's the education, if you get a degree from UCLA you can pretty much do anything," said Barajas. "I also like their football program. I recently watched their game against Arizona, and even though they lost, I was really impressed with the effort they were giving during the fourth quarter."

Even though UClA's football program has taken some heat this season, none of that seems to matter to Barajas, who was sold from the beginning.

"To me the win-loss column doesn't matter, it's all about the effort that you put in during the game. I was really impressed by that, and that's what really hooked me," said Barajas. "UCLA all the way"

The uncertainty surrounding UCLA's coaching staff also seems to have no bearing on Barajas's love for the Bruins.

"A coaching change would not change anything. My mom always taught me that academics come first, so that's what I am shooting for and football is second," said Barajas. "They got me good. Plus, I know their football team is on the rise. I am just really excited to be there one day."

On Friday night, St. Bonaventure had a closer than expected game with Redondo (Calif.) Union in the first round of the CIF-SS Playoffs, but ultimately escaped with a 19-10 win.

"This was one of our weaker performances as an offensive line and as a group. We felt like we made certain mistakes that shouldn't have been made," said Barajas. "Let's face it they came out ready to play and we didn't."

After securing the win, St. Bonaventure is still in the race for taking home their division title. Round two of playoffs will continue this week when St. Bonaventure hosts Canyon on Friday night.

Barajas discussed the strategy heading into this week's playoff game.

"We need to have a lot of focus and a lot of execution during practice," said Barajas. "We just need to push through these long days."

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