Another DB Prospect at Poly

<b>Byron Velega</b> mans the other cornerback spot opposite UCLA committed prospect, Rodney Van, at Long Beach Poly. Velega has been seeing his recruiting take get a boost this season, with the Pac-10 showing interest, including UCLA...

On one side of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly's secondary is cornerback Rodney Van, a UCLA commit. On the other side is cornerback Byron Velega (5-10, 180), who could join Van in the Pac-10.

The speedy defensive back has his final four, which includes all Pac-10 schools, and he said that California and Oregon lead Washington State and UCLA.

"I'm taking my trip to Cal this weekend," Velega said. "We play Friday night against Loyola. After last year, losing to Mater Dei, this year was about revenge. I want to win CIF again. Then when that game is done, I am going to Berkeley."

The Jackrabbits meet Loyola at the Home Depot Center in Carson on Friday night, the game Velega has been focusing on all year long. But he knows when the game is over, a whole new ballgame emerges, that being his recruiting visits.

"This year has been about payback. We lost some games early on, but now we want to show everyone about Poly football. I'll worry about recruiting when the game is over," said Velega.

He is looking forward to his trip to Cal, as a few former Poly teammates play for the Bears. "Ray Tago, Josh Taunau, I'll see them there," he said.

Oregon is also a school in which he has a strong interest in. "There is a chance to play early at Oregon. I think I'd fit in their secondary well," he said.

In addition, Washington State is making a strong effort to get a commitment from him. UCLA has been slow-playing him a little, but showing more interest lately.

"Washington State the last few years has sent some DBs to the NFL, like Marcus Trufant. UCLA is cool, because it's close to home. Rodney (Van) is trying to get me to go with him there. We've been boys for a long time. But they have a lot of corners already there. I'm not sure about them."

Velega is on path to be fully qualified academically.

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