Cyburt Talks UCLA Commitment

The Mission Viejo (Calif.) offensive tackle, Colby Cyburt, committed to UCLA on Thursday just days after his official visit to Westwood...

Mission Viejo (Calif.) offensive tackle Colby Cyburt took an official visit to UCLA over the weekend, and the trip to Westwood wowed him.

Still, he planned to visit Colorado and Stanford, including a trip to Palo Alto this weekend.

But that changed on Thursday, when Cyburt decided that he was ready to make his college decision.

"I called Coach (Jim) Mora and Coach (Adrian) Klemm and committed to UCLA," said Cyburt.  "I realized just how much it was meant for me.  The coaching staff, just getting to know them better and how they treated me.  And it's close to home."

The three-star had offers from all around the West, but had been favoring the Bruins, Cardinal and Buffs for most of the past few months.

He then whittled it down to one after his official visit to UCLA.

"UCLA was always in my top schools," said Cyburt.  The opportunity to be on the ground level, be there for the start and the rise of the program.  I wanted to be a part of all of that.

Klemm's first day on the job at UCLA took him down to Mission Viejo to see Cyburt, which weighed heavily with him, and then Cyburt was at UCLA the next day for the Bruins' recruiting get-together.

"That played a role so much," said Cyburt.  "Right when they got hired, Coach Klemm came down and started making a huge effort and it really made me feel needed at UCLA.  I saw how much there is a need for me and an opportunity for me next year.  I just felt more wanted, and I felt like I was needed more at UCLA.  I felt the coaches at UCLA did a great job at and I would rather play for them than anywhere else."

Cyburt said he liked the previous coaching staff, since they started recruiting him and offered him, but the new staff pushed the Bruins ahead.

"The new coaches were definitely a positive," said Cyburt.  "The previous staff was recruiting me and they were high on my list but I really like Coach Mora and Coach Klemm.  I love what those two are about."

Cyburt was hosted by fellow Diablo Jeff Baca last week on his official visit, and like Baca did, Cyburt is hopeful he can play as a true freshman.

"I'd definitely like to," said Cyburt.  "I'm working really hard this offseason to put on some good weight.  If they decide to redshirt me, I wouldn't be too hurt, but my goal is to get in the lineup.  They told me that the right tackle spot is what they see me as and they like my athleticism as a tackle.  I'll play wherever they want me. It would definitely be cool to play on the line with Jeff.  He and I are pretty close."

Cyburt said he weighed 265, adding 10 pounds since he lost 10 during the season.

"They told me to put on good weight and that will come," said Cyburt.  "They want me to eat a lot, put on good weight and come in and be ready.  I mean, 295 is ideal, but they just said they want it to be good weight so its fine if I come in at 275."

Cyburt said his family was thrilled with his decision to attend UCLA>

"They love that and all my family is really involved," said Cyburt.  "They told me they couldn't make it to Stanford for every game, but they definitely can at UCLA."

One of Cyburt's closest friends is current Mission teammate Jahleel Pinner, a fullback committed to USC. 

"I told him today that I was committing, and he was happy for me," said Cyburt.  "The rivalry hasn't really started, but I think it will heat up pretty quickly."

Every day in practice, Cyburt went up against the Diablos defensive line, coached by a former Bruin defensive linemen, Chase Moline.

"Coach Moline said he's all along wanted me to go to UCLA because of how great an experience he had there, so that was always good, positive reinforcement," said Cyburt.

Cyburt said he's hoping to get to Westwood the next two weekends.

"I'd love to get up there these next couple of weeks and hang out with the recruits and just talk with them about UCLA," said Cyburt.  "I'm going to talk with the coaches about doing that."

In the meantime, he's just happy to be done with the process.

"It's great, just to put it all behind me," said Cyburt.  "It was a fun process but a little stressful.  Now I'll just get to work in the weight room."

 

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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