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Brigham Harwell, the elite defensive end from Hacienda Heights Los Altos, verbally committed to UCLA but visited Arizona State. He had a chance to watch the two teams go head to head this past weekend, and here are his thoughts on the two teams and how solid his commitment still is...

Brigham Harwell, a 6-1, 250 pound defensive end from Hacienda Hts (Calif.) Los Altos committed early to UCLA, then took an official visit to Arizona State and fell in love with the place.

Harwell is one of the premier rush ends in the country and is rated the No. 10 overall player in the West region. In seven games, Harwell has 12 quarterback sacks and needs just 10 more to break the school record held by USC standout Shaun Cody.

"It's going good for us so far this year," Harwell said. "Every year, it has been a little tougher to get my sacks because more teams know about me but it's making me a better player. The biggest adjustment has been dealing with a lot of the cut blocks I've seen. There's games when I can barely walk afterwards because of how much teams have been diving at my knees and shins.

"Sometimes, it almost seems like teams are trying to take me out of the game maliciously but I've been dealing with it. I'm just going hard on every play, trying to pursue to the ball like crazy. When teams run away from me, I'm still going as hard as I can to make a play."

Harwell was at the Rose Bowl this past Saturday to watch the UCLA- ASU game and was watching the game as more than just an interested fan.

"I was definitely watching with a lot of interest," Harwell said. "I was picturing how I would look in one uniform versus the other, how the teams played their defensive ends, I watched the style of each defense, things like that. I thought both defenses played pretty well but I really liked how UCLA played. I always watch Dave Ball a lot. He's a great player, he didn't have any sacks this game but he came very close a couple of times.

"At this point, I'm still committed to UCLA but I would say I haven't totally closed the door on ASU either. The high from my trip there has gone down obviously but I'm not going to lie, I still think about it. I just had a great time and really liked the staff. I'm going to take an official visit to UCLA on (Nov. 14) when they play Oregon and that will be another chance to really compare the two. I wanted to take my official this past weekend but with the game being a night game, it just wouldn't have worked out that well.

"It's important for me to take the visit during a game weekend though because I want to compare how the two teams prepare for a game and see what it's really like. My brother (guardian) really likes UCLA for a lot of reasons and that's where he wants me to be. UCLA is a great school, their local, Coach Johnson does a great job with the linemen, I could play early, they're on the rise, I like Coach Dorrell a lot, a lot of pluses. We'll just see how things go after the visit but I am leaning towards UCLA right now."


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