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Los Angeles (Calif.) West Adams Prep safety Trayvon Watson committed to UCLA on Monday...

In what was a whirlwind day in Westwood on Monday, the news wasn't all bad, with the Bruins getting a commitment from Los Angeles (Calif.) West Adams Prep safety Trayvon Watson (6-1, 195).

"Coach (Mike) Johnson came to the Dorsey game and he really liked me and he offered me," said Watson. "I never thought I'd ever get a chance to go to UCLA. But it's home, and I'd love to stay home and play football, and I love that I can do that."

Watson called UCLA on Monday, despite the firing of Rick Neuheisel in the morning, and gave them a commitment.

"I want to take a couple of visits and I want to see who they hire, but UCLA is where I want to go and that's my first choice," said Watson. "The big deal is who they hire."

Watson has flown under the radar, and said he knows he's still got his best football ahead of him.

"I didn't go to any camps, other than a camp with my team with Keyshawn Johnson, but not a lot of people knew anything about me," said Watson. "This was my first year playing safety and I think I showed I could do it."

And he did it to the tune of 125 tackles, six pass breakups and five interceptions for a fledgling West Adams program.

"I can play either free or strong," said Watson. "I'd love to play free, but strong, you can come down and do some big hitting. It don't matter, I could do both."

Watson said Fresno State and Oregon State had also offered him, and several other schools expressed interest, but UCLA was too good an opportunity to pass on.

Brandon is in his seventh year with, 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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