Reed Talks UCLA Commitment

Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks wide out L.J Reed has been a solid UCLA lean for some time and Saturday night at the Bruins Spring Game, the athlete decided he was ready to pull the trigger...

L.J. Reed is one of the top receivers out West and ranked No. 14 nationally. He runs well, is a high level athlete with great body control and can get down the field and make plays. He's a big kid, all of 6-3, 215 pounds and he doesn't look like he's done growing.

"The doctor just told me I'm supposed to be 6-6," Reed said while playing in the Passing Down Tournament Sunday morning. "I think I'm just going to keep getting bigger but I'm still happy with my speed and athleticism. This is my first football event of the year because I was focused on basketball.

"I'm playing AAU basketball too, my team is actually in Las Vegas right now but I wanted to come out here and do this event. I'm a little rusty but I feel good. I'm just trying to work hard and keep getting better."

As for his commitment, Reed said it was something he had been thinking about for some time.

"I've been high on UCLA for awhile," Reed said. "On my way up this weekend, I told myself if I feel comfortable and it feels right, I'll go ahead and commit. I got to UCLA early Saturday and had a chance to walk around the campus and visit with the coaches.

"Then I headed over to Home Depot Center and was with the players and coaches before the game. I sat in on some of the meetings and everything just felt perfect to me. I'm very comfortable there and the coaches really want me and that was big for me.

"Right before the game, I told the coaches I wanted to talk with them. The whole staff was together, Coach Mora, Angus McClure and Coach Yarber, my main recruiters, plus the rest of the guys. I told them right then I was ready to be a Bruin and committed and feel great about it."

Reed said his commitment is solid, although he added he could still take a few official visits.

"I might do that but I'm not sure," Reed said. "I know I'm going to visit UCLA and that's the only school I'm even thinking about right now. It feels great to get this decision out of the way so I can just focus on my academics right now. I've been putting in a lot of work and I'll be doing summer school as well.

"The process wasn't too stressful for me, but it still feels like I got a weight off my back when I did commit. Just to know where I'll be the next four years of my life is huge. I love the staff at UCLA and they made me feel like I was already part of the team. I already have friends on the team, a couple of former teammates, Alex Van Dyke and Marcus Rios so it was just the best overall fit for me."

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