McIntosh on Getting UCLA Offer

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade defensive back JoJo McIntosh had an impressive showing at UCLA's Elite Camp Friday and landed a scholarship offer from the Bruins just a few days later...

Jojo McIntosh was flying a bit under the radar this past spring as he didn't do any of the big summer camps or 7 on 7 events. He did attend Boise State and UCLA team camps over the last two weeks and landed scholarship offers from both programs.

"I woke up this morning with a message to call Coach Martin at UCLA," McIntosh said Sunday night. "I called up Coach Meat and he told me they were impressed with how I did at the camp Friday and wanted to offer me a scholarship. I was really excited and had to go and tell my parents and they were happy for me as well.

"That was my whole goal when I signed up for the camp, to get an offer. UCLA is a great program and I had a great time there. I've been talking with Coach Meat for a while now and he told me if I came and did well at the camp, I could get an offer and that's how it played out so like I said, I was very excited about it."

McIntosh had a big junior season totaling 124 tackles with three interceptions and four quarterback sacks.

"He's tall, athletic and very smart," Chaminade coach Ed Croson said. "Plus he's a big hitter and has great film. When you see his highlights, he's very impressive and I'm actually surprised it has taken this long for schools to start offering him but he has the talent to play for just about anyone."

Chaminade plays their home games on blue turf and the Bruins biggest competition for McIntosh will be Boise State, famous for their blue turf also known as "The Blue."

"I had a great time at Boise State as well," McIntosh said. "I was up there with a couple of my teammates and we got to stay in the dorms and I had a good time. It was a business trip for me though, I was on a mission to get an offer from them, that was my goal and it was great to get it.

"I like Coach Lake a lot and I'm very interested in Boise State. He's a great DB coach and has sent several players to the NFL. He told me what I needed to do to improve out there and you can tell he's a great coach and a great guy as well."

McIntosh said his plan is to make an early decision and the Bruins and Broncos are definitely on top right now.

"It's going to be a tough decision, I like both programs a lot," McIntosh said. "I'm going to do my research and learn as much as I can about both schools. It's not just about football for me, I want to go where I think I can have the most success not just in football but in life after football as well.

"I want to major in Animal Science or Marine Biology so that will play a role. The size of the school or the conference doesn't really matter because you can have success anywhere. My parents love both schools as well. They went with me to Boise and loved it there and at the same time, I was born and raised in California and I'm sure they would like me to stay close to home.

"Both schools have great coaching staffs and great DB coaches. Coach Martin reminds me of Coach Lake, they're similar in how they coach. They don't pull punches and will push you to make you better. Plus Coach Mora is a former NFL DB coach and knows his stuff so like I said, it's going to be a tough call."

McIntosh said he would like to make his decision early in the season.

"I'm going to stick with my original plan," McIntosh said. "I want to take the summer to figure things out and then make my decision early in my football season. I should be ready to do it around week one of two this season.

"That way I'll have plenty of time to think it over, but can still get it done early and focus on my senior year without any distractions. I'm not going to any more camps, that UCLA one was the last one of the year for me. UCLA and Boise State are the two schools I'm going to focus on and it's going to be a tough decision 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
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