Marquis Lawson Commits to UCLA

Sep. 17 -- The two-way standout from Los Angeles Crenshaw, Marquis Lawson, committed to UCLA last night...

Marquis Lawson, the 5-9, 170-pound defensive back/slot receiver from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw, verbally committed to UCLA last night, and announced it on Twitter today. 

Lawson was offered by UCLA in June and figured he'd go through the whole recruiting process, take some visits and then make a decision.

But frequent visits to Westwood kept telling Lawson that he didn't need to stray far or leave Los Angeles.

On Wednesday night, the three-star called UCLA receivers coach Eric Yarber, a Crenshaw alum himself, with the news he wanted to be a Bruin.

"I called up Coach Yarbs and he was really excited," said Lawson.  "I told him I was committing to UCLA."

Lawson said the home feeling was too much to ignore.

"Everytime I was there, UCLA made me feel like I was at home and that brought me a lot of comfort," said Lawson.  "I couldn't really go wrong."

Lawson plays both receiver and safety for the Cougars and said right now, the Bruins like him as an athlete.

"Right now, they're recruiting me as an athlete, so when I get up there, I could be playing both ways, there is a high possibility, but I'm an athlete right now," said Lawson.

On Saturday, Lawson plans to be in the Rose Bowl when the Bruins host BYU.

"I'm going to talk to Coach (Demetrice) Martin today and to Coach (Jim) Mora too but I'm excited to see them when I go to the game as a Bruin," said Lawson.

Lawson said the early decision even surprised him.

"It wasn't the plan initially," said Lawson.  "The plan was to play through my senior season and not really worry about college.  But when I kept going to UCLA, it didn't seem like there was really any other choice for me.  I didn't really need to look anywhere else."

Marquis Lawson at Virginia game

Heading to college just minutes from his house was a cause for celebration with Lawson's family.

"They're all excited," said Lawson.  "My dad has been blowing up everybody on his side of the family and everyone is excited. They're really happy for me."  

And with his decision made, Lawson can relax a bit.

"It's a big relief knowing that I dont have to travel far and now I can just focus on being a Bruin," said Lawson.

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