"I am trying to develop a relationship with the other athletes that are the best in California, and just to bond and have a good time competing with everybody," said Westbrook.
As for his stance with the Bruins, Westbrook announced his pledge to UCLA last month prior to Neuheisel's departure. Westbrook spent the weekend meeting the Bruins new coaching staff, which seemed to have strengthened his commitment to the program.
"I am fully committed to UCLA right now," said Westbrook. "UCLA is a good school and has a good coaching staff. The coaches are really exciting. I have really created a bond with all of them and the new head coach, Jim Mora. I am really looking forward to being a Bruin."
Westbrook has not yet had an in-home visit with the new staff but spent the weekend in Westwood with several other top recruits for a meet and greet with Coach Mora and his staff.
"Jim Mora hasn't been by to see me yet, but I have spoken to him over the phone. I went to the practice and the meeting at UCLA last weekend," commented Westbrook. "I am planning on taking an official out there in January."
"I talk to Coach Klemm, the offensive line coach the most. I really just created that bond with him," said Westbrook.
The coaching staff and the consistency is what solidified Westbrook's pledge to UCLA.
"I am committed because the coaching staff was diligent and with me the whole way. They recruited me constantly and they remained faithful in their recruiting," said Westbrook. "UCLA is the place I want to be at."
The final selling point for Westbrook was being able to play football in his hometown.
"I am really excited to be playing at a school where my family can come see me play a lot," boasted Westbrook.