Kelly Talks UCLA Commitment

After narrowing his list to UCLA and Washington, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian defensive back Jermaine Kelly decided to stay close to home and committed to the Bruins on Friday...

Jermaine Kelly picked up an offer from the Bruins a few days following their summer camp two weeks ago. Last week, the athlete visited Washington and participated in the Huskies Rising Stars Camp. He had another dominant performance and picked up an offer following the camp.

There was a lot of talk that Kelly, who appeared to be a big Bruin lean, was leaning to the Huskies following the event. It was a tough decision but Kelly said he followed his heart and ended up a Bruin.

"It was a very tough call for me but I'm excited to be a Bruin," Kelly said. "I agonized over this but I just felt such a connection with the Bruin coaches. I talk to the coaches all the time, I mean almost every day for hours. I'm so comfortable with them and I feel like I can talk to them about almost anything.

"This morning, I called up Coach Mora before I went to work out and he totally got me motivated and fired up for it. I really bonded with Coach Mora, he's a former DB and coached in the NFL and that's my dream. I think he can get me there and that was a big selling point."

Playing close to home was another factor in Kelly's decision.

"Being able to play my home games in the Rose Bowl in front of my friends and family was big," Kelly said. "My parents are really excited I'm going to be staying close to home and I am too. Academics are important as well and UCLA is tough to beat. I have a goal to graduate in three years and I've already talked to the UCLA coaches about that and they have a plan in place for me.

"UCLA has been down for a while but I like the new staff and the idea of coming in and helping them rebuild. It was very hard to tell Washington I wasn't going there. That was the hardest part about this because I didn't want to have to tell anyone ‘no' but I just felt UCLA was the best fit for me and I had to follow my heart on this one."

Kelly has had a great spring/summer and should now be mentioned among the top corners in the region. He has a long frame and very quick feet and the overall athleticism to match up with just about any size/speed receiver at the next level.

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
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