McIntosh Excited About Future

The West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade safety and UCLA commit, Jojo McIntosh, has high praise for Bruins defense...

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade safety Jojo McIntosh (6-0, 185), committed to UCLA in August, and nothing has changed that.

McIntosh made an early commitment largely to focus on his senior season, where Chaminade is the No. 2 seed in the CIF-SS Western Division finals and looking to get back to the championship game after suffering a heartbreaking loss a year ago in the finals.

"It's been good being committed," said McIntosh. "I haven't really been talking to anyone besides UCLA. I've been focused on my senior season and I've been able to play without worrying about my college. It's much easier to do that and not have to worry about recruiting and having colleges all calling me."

McIntosh said that Minnesota, Washington State and Boise State are still in contact, but he's made it clear what his plans are.

"I'm staying a Bruin and I think they know that," said McIntosh. "It's nice they're interested, but I'm going to UCLA."

McIntosh said he talks with the UCLA coaches frequently.

"It's really spread out which coaches I talk to, but I talk to Coach (Demetrice) Martin and Coach Angus (McClure) all the time and then I've talked to Coach (Jim) Mora a few times throughout the season.

McIntosh missed the UCLA game on Friday when the Bruins played Washington, because Chaminade was rolling to a 70+ win in their first round playoff game. Of course, a much bigger challenge awaits in the quarterfinals against a gritty Ventura (Calif.) team that has produced some talented players over the years, including the field's namesake, Eric Turner, a fellow safety.

The next night, Saturday, McIntosh will be back at the Rose Bowl to see the Bruins host Arizona State in final home game.

McIntosh has liked what he's seen from the Bruins' defense this fall.

"They're pretty good and have made a good impression," said McIntosh. "We (UCLA) have been stepping up our DB corps this year. We have a lot of young guys and a young defense, but I think that in the future, we'll be one of the defenses in the BCS and college football. I think our defense is really good."

McIntosh said the fan support he gets at the Rose Bowl already has been exciting.

"Every time I go, they know who the prospects are and the fans talk to us and are really excited and really supportive. They're all about UCLA and it's making it really exciting," said McIntosh.

McIntosh said he's also been impressed with a future defensive teammate Myles Jack.

"Myles is just an athlete," said McIntosh. "Seeing him play defense and offense and the versatility and what he can do, I'm excited to play with him."

McIntosh knows he's headed to Westwood, but he's still somewhat working to recruit his teammate, Brad Kaaya, a commit to Miami and a quarterback who UCLA has offered.

"At the beginning when UCLA was first talking to him, I was telling him how the great school was, and he took that to heart and began to like it," said Kaaya. "But right now, I've kind of backed off and I'm just letting him do what he does. To be honest, I haven't been talking to him about college because we have the season to focus on."

McIntosh knows there is a lot to be done to play Serra again in the CIF Finals, to avenge an early season blowout and the championship game loss, and said he's helping his defense clean things up.

"We really want to step up and see them again," said McIntosh. "The last game was embarrassing, especially on the defensive side. We want to come back out and see them again. We didn't play the best we could. But we know we have to take care of business first."

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOX Sports, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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