Chris Gaston, the 6-2, 180-pound defensive back prospect from La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat, received a UCLA scholarship offer Friday night and immediately committed.
"I grew up a UCLA fan, so this is a dream come true for me," Gaston told Scout.com's Greg Biggins. "This is where I always wanted to go so no need to put it off."
UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin has been on Gaston for some time, and Gaston said that relationship was key in his decision.
"I have a great relationship with Coach Meat, better than any other coach," Gaston said. "I've been talking to him for a while now and I'm excited to play for him."
Gaston has a plan in place to check out UCLA and meet the rest of the coaching staff soon.
"I'm going to visit campus next week and talk with Coach Mora and the rest of the staff and make it official," Gaston said. "I mean, it's official, but I'm excited to visit and really get a feel for the place."
Gaston, who picked UCLA over an offer from Idaho and interest from Washington State, says he might still go through the process, but is pretty solidly a Bruin.
"I might still do trips just for the experience," Gaston said. "You only go through this once, but I'm a Bruin. I'm solid and locked in and there's no better place for me."
Gaston is a big, rangy corner with very good ball skills. He missed almost his entire junior season with a lower leg injury and was still getting into shape last summer and looked very good in the 7-on-7 circuit, so he was a prospect many programs were interested in seeing during his senior season. Gaston hasn't disappointed, looking very good so far, especially with a big game on the Fox Prime Ticket Game of the Week the first week of the season against Mater Dei. He said that UCLA and Washington had started to pick up their interest in him as a result.
Gaston initially projects as a big cornerback, showing good cover skills to go along with good size. Check out the early season highlights of Gaston.