Toran Focused on UCLA

Galena Park (Tex.) North Shore offensive lineman Najee Toran said some things happened on his official visit to UCLA that made him commit...

It wasn't his intentions to make a commitment. But somehow it just happened.

Yes, when Galena Park (Tex.) North Shore offensive lineman Najee Toran took an official to UCLA a couple months back, it was supposed to be a routine visit. That was until the Bruin coaches showed him a few things that caught his attention.

"When I went out there to take my visit to UCLA, I wasn't intending on committing. I was out there just taking a visit and I loved it," Toran said. "The (video) presentation that one of the player development people showed me caught my attention. Later on he told me what they do for the team and the players. They help you better your life after football. But it was the academics thing is what really got me. I have a scholarship for football and I know that's good, but the academic is what got me."

So the big man who is known for dominating the trenches is deep inside a true student-athlete, who looks for the educational side first. At the time of the visit, the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Toran was committed to another Pac-12 program in Oregon State. When the switch occurred, it was not what Oregon State didn't do, but more so the job the UCLA coaches did in opening his eyes, which led to the switch. 

Now, Toran will take the things that made him successful at North Shore and used those in California.

"My role (at North Shore) was that I was the leader. I kept a positive mindset all season," Toran said of his mental game. "(Physically) I got better with my low pad level. But I would say that my focus and game overall got better every game and every year. The UCLA coaches said that they like that I'm aggressive and I finish blocks."

Toran said that he has a great relationship going with the UCLA coaches and he is being recruited to play the guard position.

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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