Cormier Comes Close to Commitment

San Diego (Calif.) Madison running back Pierre Cormier made it to UCLA for Junior Day and said he gave serious thought to ending the recruiting process while in Westwood...

Pierre Cormier is a dynamic athlete whose stock has been on the rise in recent weeks. As more schools are able to not only view his game film but see him in person over the spring, his scholarship offer total should easily hit double figures.

"I had an incredible visit," Cormier said. "I loved the campus and Westwood is a just a beautiful place. I liked the locker room and weight room a lot and the overall environment at UCLA is just real nice and friendly. I had a great vibe with everyone there and felt very comfortable.

"I spent a lot of time with the running back coach, Steve Broussard and he seems like a real good coach. He played in the NFL so he knows what he's talking about. We watched some film together and he pointed out some things about what he was seeing and I really liked the advice he was giving me."

Cormier said Bruin head coach Jim Mora also made a positive impression.

"He's a cool guy and I can definitely see myself playing for him," Cormier said. "He's bringing a new attitude to UCLA, a toughness that they really need. I always liked UCLA but I also was a little shaky on them and didn't know if they could take that next step or not.

"Coach Mora is coming in and setting high goals and I'm very interested in the program. To be honest, I thought a lot about committing on this visit but I decided to hold off. I think I'll eventually end up at UCLA but I want to go through the process a little more and see who else recruits me. My family and my coaches all told me to hold off and I want to make sure I'm 100% sure before I do anything as well. UCLA was my first offer and that means a lot so I'm definitely a strong lean right now."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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