Wadood Speaks Highly of UCLA

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive back Jaleel Wadood had a great official visit to UCLA this past weekend...

Jaleel Wadood is one of the nation's top two-way players and was just recently bumped up in to the Scout 100. He can play safety, corner, receiver or running back and would likely be a four star worthy recruit at any of the four spots.

He's being recruited primarily on defense with some schools preferring him at safety and others corner. After officially visiting Oregon State and Utah, Wadood decided to stay close to home for visit No. 3 and checked out UCLA.

"I had a great time at UCLA," Wadood said. "It's hard to pick just one thing that stood out but if I had to pick one, it would be Coach Mora. He's a great dude, I love Coach Mora. He's so forward and he cares about his players lives after football. He's the dream coach that anyone would want to play for.

"I've been to UCLA before but the visit was different because I got to see more of the campus and see what Westwood was really like. I got meet more of the coaching and support staff and the academic people as well. I loved everything about the place and really felt like I connected well and fit in great."

Wadood was able to sit down with Bruin DB coach Demetrice Martin as well and talk about how he would fit in with the team.

"He likes me at safety and I'm very comfortable there," Wadood said. "I've always said I'll play wherever helps the team but I've always played safety and that's where I'm comfortable. Coach Martin just stressed that it's all about competing and the best players will play, doesn't matter what year you are.

"They have some good players already there and I know they're bringing in a few DBs but that doesn't bother me at all. I'm not concerned one bit with who else they have committed, that won't play a role. I'm just looking for where I fit in best and where I'll be comfortable.

"UCLA is a good fit and I already know a lot of the players on the team. Randall Goforth was my host but I hung out with a lot of the guys on the team and they were all real cool with me. Like I said, it was a great trip and there weren't any negatives except for them losing the game but they showed a lot of heart coming back and almost pulled it out."

Wadood said he doesn't have a timeframe for when he'll make a decision. "It honestly just depends on how I feel and when I'm ready," Wadood said. "It could be tomorrow, next week or next month. I'm planning visits to Washington and USC but don't have dates with either school yet. I'm pretty sure I'll be at USC this weekend for the UCLA game but right now, my main focus is on Alemany, who we play this weekend and making it to the CIF Finals next week."

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