US Army Update: DB Jaleel Wadood

The UCLA commit from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, Jaleel Wadood, talks about who he's recruiting in San Antonio, playing so quickly after his season ended and much more...

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco four-star safety Jaleel Wadood didn't get much time to relax after a long season.

After helping the Braves to a CIF State Open Division title in a 17-week season, Wadood had just one week off before getting back on the field.

But Wadood wouldn't have it any other way.

"It's the U.S. Army Bowl and I wanted to play in it really bad," said Wadood. "I got a little bit of rest, but you know, I had to get after it."

Wadood was a two-way threat for the Braves this season, but this week he'll just focus on defense, even though he has his prep coach, Jason Negro, assisting the West.

"I'm looking at the other side of the ball, so if they want to let me over there, I'll go," said Wadood. "I haven't gotten in Coach Negro's ear yet, but I might have to by the end of the week."

Wadood was also thrilled to have the chance to suit up one last time for sure with his Bosco teammates Naijiel Hale and Damien Mama.

"We've got one more experience with the boys, to strap on the pads, and get after it," said Wadood.

Wadood committed to UCLA earlier this month and said it's nice being in San Antonio without having to worry about recruiting.

"It was just a big weight off my back, so I could just come out here and play football and have fun," said Wadood.

Instead, Wadood has turned into recruiter for the Bruins.

"I'm doing a lot of recruiting," said Wadood. "I'm trying to get my boy Joe Mixon to commit to us on Saturday. He's calling me '8-Clap Wadood' all week."

Wadood said that he and fellow Bruin commits Austin Roberts and Ainuu Taua are doing their part to recruit.

"There are a lot of guys here with UCLA offers so we're just telling them come to UCLA with us," said Wadood.

Wadood highlighted what ultimately swung him to UCLA.

"Ultimately, it was Coach (Jim) Mora and the vibe I felt with him," said Wadood. "He didn't care about Jaleel Wadood the football player, he cared about Jaleel Wadood the person. That was what really got me. The whole coaching staff is like that."

Wadood took his official the weekend of the Arizona State game but said he'll be dropping by in January when the Bruins host other visitors for their official trips.

"I'm going to get up there as much as I can since I only live 20 minutes away, so I'll be up there every day those weekends," said Wadood.

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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