Once UCLA offered talented SoCal defensive back Quentin Lake, it always seemed like more of a matter of when, not if, he would commit to the Bruins. Minutes ago, Lake pulled the trigger and committed to UCLA.
"UCLA was always the school I heard about growing up," Lake said. "I grew up hearing stories about my dad (Carnell Lake) and watching old film on him, I've always been brought up around the atmosphere of being a Bruin.
"Going into this recruiting process, I was always going to keep my mind open but when I went the the UCLA pro day and walked around the campus, I said to myself, 'this is where I want to go'. Academics are fantastic, the school atmosphere is amazing and their program definitely has potential with their new facility being built. It was the best fit for me."
Lake's father Carnell is a former Bruin All-American who played linebacker in the late 80s and then went on to have a Pro-Bowl career playing safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"Even though my dad was a legend at the school, it is time to make my own name and write my own legacy," Lake said. "They're all very excited for me for sure, especially my dad. He's back in Pittsburgh right now but we're going to celebrate this later in the week."
Lake picked up the offer from the Bruins following an impressive showing at UCLA's Elite Camp.
"Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) was really excited about me at the camp," Lake said. "He kept in contact with me throughout this whole process, which I really loved. He was my primary recruiter and we have a good relationship, I'm excited to play for him and Coach Mora.
"It feels great to have the decision out of the way now. I didn't rush it, I took my time and wanted to be sure this was the right move for me. Now I can focus on school and Mater Dei football and helping our team have a great season this year."
Lake is one of the more versatile defensive back out West and could play corner or safety in college. He's a big, physical kid, has good short area quickness, is strong in press coverage, is a high football IQ player and has great ball skills.
He's more quick than fast and if he continues to grow, he could easily transition to safety. He has the range, physicality and the smarts to be a very good safety in college and Martin has already shown he has no problem taking big corners who are smart and moving them to safety and that could be where Lake projects best at as well.