Spencer is a Bruin

Dec. 16 -- Monrovia athlete Octavious Spencer -- who could plug in at receiver or defensive back -- committed to UCLA Tuesday...

Octavius Spencer was a late bloomer on the recruiting trail this year and when you watch his tape, it's hard to understand why. He's a dynamic two-way threat who can play corner or receiver but will start off playing defense at UCLA.

"This is a great feeling for me," Spencer said. "It was a stressful process, I'm not going to lie but after talking with my family last night, I decided UCLA was where I wanted to be. I slept on it and when I woke up this morning, UCLA was still in my heart so I knew I made the right decision.

"I called up Coach (Meat) Martin this morning and told him I was ready to be a Bruin. He's really what put UCLA over the top for me. I've known him since he was recruiting Ellis McCarthey from my school and we really connect well. I love Coach Mora too, I think he's a great coach and a great person and I can't wait to play for him."

Spencer offers a ton of versatility and could play on either side of the ball in college.

"I'll start out on defense first," Spencer said. "They said defense is harder to learn so I'll start out at corner and once I'm comfortable on that side of the ball, I'll move over to receiver. They also want me returning punts and kicks and down the road once I learn everything, I'll have a chance to play both ways and that's really what I want to do.

"UCLA was just the total package for me. I had a great comfort level with the players and coaches. The academics are second to none, it's a program on the rise that is getting better and I know I can play there. Location didn't really matter to be honest. The biggest thing for me was Coach Martin, if UCLA was in Texas, I would still go there just because of my relationship with him."

Spencer visited Oregon and Washington and was also offered by Cal out of the Pac 12 before committing to UCLA.

"I'm going to take my visit to UCLA (Jan. 16)," Spencer said. "That will be it for me, I'm shutting it down after that and won't be visiting any other schools. I'm 100% committed and I'm ready to go. I'm going to work hard and when I get there, my goal is to try and play right away. If it doesn't happen, that's fine but I'm going to work as hard as I can to try and make it happen."


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