Shannon Tevaga Is A Bruin

Shannon Tevaga, a 6-3, 295 pound two way lineman from La Mirada (Calif.) was the SoCal Nike Camp Underclass MVP two years where he dominated every opposing linemen at the camp and really opened our eyes. The talented athlete decided to end the recruiting process early committing to UCLA over the weekend.

"I wanted to wait until the fall before I decided but the more I thought about it, the more I realized UCLA was where I wanted to be," Tevaga said. "Plus I knew all the calls from colleges would be a distraction to me and I just wanted to be able to focus on football and school work."

Tevaga said UCLA is a school he has liked for some time and after getting to know the new staff at the Bruins Junior Day, knew that's where he wanted to be.

"I wanted to stay local and my parents really had a good time meeting the coaches at Junior Day," Tevaga said. "Eric Bieniemy was the one recruiting me and he's a real cool guy. I just liked how the coaches treated me and my family. They were very respectful of all of us and made me feel comfortable and at home. I'm excited about my decision and relieved it's out of the way."

Tevaga was also offered by Washington, Utah, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State and Cal. He's one of the elite prospects on the West Coast and would be rated in the top five on the West Coast at both defensive tackle or offensive line.

"UCLA wants me as an offensive guard and that's fine with me," Tevaga said. "I'm fine with playing on either side of the ball but they felt they needed me more on offense and I like both positions equally well."

Tevaga is LDS and had to miss the SoCal Nike Camp this year because the camp fell on a Sunday. A year ago, Tevaga measured in at 6-2, 288 pounds, clocked a 5.06 in the 40, and did 23 reps on the bench. In the one on one drills, he worked out with the defensive linemen and was basically unblockable and destroyed everyone he went up against. Tevaga also earned 1st team All-State Underclass honors and was a Student Sports Junior All-American a year ago.

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