Redmond Recaps UCLA Visit

Los Alamitos (Calif.) offensive lineman Alex Redmond committed to UCLA back in early December and took his official visit this past weekend...

Alex Redmond originally committed to Oregon back in the summer but de-committed in mid-November saying he wanted to open up the process. The lineman said the official visit to UCLA reinforced all the reasons why he chose the Bruins.

"It was incredible, I can't wait to get there," Redmond said. "I think the best part was just hanging out with Coach Klemm and getting to know him better. He's a great guy and we bonded really well. He wants me to come in ready to compete for a spot and that's definitely my goal too.

"He said he has watched every one of my games the last two years and said it's crazy how advanced I am. I still have things to work on, he wants me to work on my punch and playing with better leverage and I'm just excited to get to work. I can't wait to sign my letter of intent so I can get the workout program from them and start getting after it. I'm just so pumped, I want to be at UCLA right now."

Redmond said there were several other pluses about the visit as well.

"I just really feel so comfortable on that campus," Redmond said. "It's so laid back there and everyone really gets along well. Simon Goines was my host and he's a great dude. I was around Jake Brendel a lot and he's a great guy too. It's all about competing there, if you're ready to come in and work hard, you'll fit in well. If you're lazy and don't want to work, you won't fit in and I plan to work my butt off.

"Being around Coach Mora was a great experience too. It's amazing how down to earth he is. He's intense, but just a regular guy who will talk to anyone. He was talking to the waiter about football like he had known him forever. The campus at UCLA is incredible and the academic support is amazing.

"You have a tutor for every class and you have to meet with an academic advisor throughout the week. If you don't pass your classes at UCLA, you're really not trying to because they really offer a lot of support for you. I mean you really have to want to fail to not make it there."

Redmond said Washington is the only school that is still talking with him but he's solid in his commitment and doesn't plan any other visits.

"Right now, I'm focusing on wrestling and staying healthy," Redmond said. "I had a sinus infection and missed two tournaments but I'm 17-0 and doing really well. I'm about 285 pounds right now and will probably be around 300 when I get to UCLA.

"It was cool meeting Coach Alosi, the strength coach, because he's a former wrestler too. He's an intense guy for sure but does a great job with the players. There's a great vibe at UCLA and everyone is excited about the future of the program. Coach Mora did a great job turning things around and the feeling is they're only going to get better and I'm excited to be a part of that."

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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