WR Prospect Commits to UCLA

La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat wide out Darren Andrews committed to Duke last summer but after picking up a scholarship offer from UCLA a few weeks ago, it seemed like only a matter of time before the athlete flipped to the Bruins...

Darren Andrews is one of the most explosive athletes in the state and clocked a 10.71-100m as a junior last year. He had a dynamic year on the football field as well and saw his stock rise over the past few months.

Andrews attended UCLA home games against Utah and Arizona and was in attendance when the Bruins ended their five game losing streak to USC on Saturday.

"I've been feeling UCLA for a while now but being at the Rose Bowl yesterday, I really felt like that was the place for me," Andrews said. "I like the offense and how I'll fit in there. They want me to come in as a slot receiver and also return punts and kicks and I'm very comfortable doing that.

"I like the coaching staff a lot and coach Yarber, the WR coach, is my uncle so I obviously know him very well. Coach Martin was my main recruiter and I like him and coach Mora a lot, those were the first two coaches I talked with. UCLA is definitely a school going in the right direction and I'm excited to be a part of it."

Despite his commitment, Andrews said he still plans to take his official visits.

"I have Houston later this month on (Nov. 30)," Andrews said. "I have Duke set up for (Dec. 7), UCLA (Dec. 14) and Washington State is set up for January. The Duke visit isn't 100% yet. I called the coaches and told them I was switching to UCLA. They asked if I still wanted to visit and I said I did and they said they would get back to me and let me know if they still wanted me to.

"I'm solid with UCLA though and it feels good to have this decision out of the way. I've been thinking a lot about it and it wasn't something that was stressing me out or anything but at the same time, it feels good to have it behind me. My family is definitely excited that I'll be close to home now. Duke is a great school, especially academically, but UCLA is great academically as well so I think I picked the perfect school for me."

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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