Ware Excited by UCLA Offer

In Corona (Calif.) Centennial's run to the CIF Open Div. Championship game a year ago, receiver Barry Ware was one of the most impressive players for the Huskies. It took a little longer than expected, but on Tuesday, Ware finally landed his first scholarship offer...

Barry Ware is a big, physical receiver who put up big numbers as a junior. The 6-2, 200 pound receiver caught 45 balls for 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns and has a very nice combination of size, athleticism and hands.

Ware won't run a blazing 40 time but is one of those guys who plays a lot faster than he tests. He has great body control, runs well after the catch and like all Centennial athletes, plays with that trademark toughness and high compete level.

"I'm very excited about this offer, in fact I'm thinking hard about making an early commitment there," Ware said. "I went to UCLA's Junior Day a few months ago and really felt comfortable there. I like the coaches a lot and UCLA is a great program athletically and academically.

"I called my dad after I got the offer and he was excited as well because he has told me in the past that he would like me to stay local. He said he'll be happy with whatever I decide and will support me but staying local would definitely be a bonus for me. I really think it would take a lot for any school to beat out UCLA."

Ware said he's planning to talk with Bruin WR coach Eric Yarber as soon as he can.

"I actually want to talk to Coach Yarber today," Ware said. "I'm going to give him a call and see how that goes. I just want to get to know him and ask a few questions about their receiver recruiting and where I fit in. I'm definitely high on UCLA though and I think that could be a great fit for me."

Editor's Note: We spoke Ware a second time Tuesday and he said that he might verbally commit as soon as Friday, after he consults with his family/coaches. However, we've heard that Ware could have some academic issues, so it will be interesting to see if UCLA accepts the commitment.

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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