Everett Talks About Commitment

The wide receiver from West Hills Chaminade, <b>Marcus Everett</b>, became a Bruin over the weekend -- while he was on official visit to another school. The good student and two-sport athlete talks about why he committed to UCLA...

He was on the other side of the country when he made the expected decision, but location didn't matter to West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade wide receiver Marcus Everett, 6-1, 195.

"I called Coach (Karl) Dorrell when I was at Duke and told him I was committing to UCLA," said Everett. "He was real excited. And I am happy with my decision."

Everett, who also visited Oregon and Washington State in addition to UCLA, wanted to check out Duke and see what a school out of the area was like.

"I just wanted to check out the situation at Duke. It was a real cool place. We went to the basketball game at Cameron. That place was pretty crazy," said Everett.

The deal-sealer for Everett had nothing to do with his trip to Duke, but rather the in-home visit with Dorrell earlier in the week. "Coach Dorrell came on Tuesday and I just felt real comfortable with everything he was saying. I knew I wanted to go to UCLA, and Coach Dorrell's visit was what made me sure."

Everett has hinted at possibly playing basketball in college but said right now, he is going to concentrate on football. "I'll talk with the coaches about possibly playing basketball, if that's something that I can do. But I am going to UCLA to play football first."

After taking his trip in December, it was thought Everett would commit then, but he held out and took a trip to Eugene last weekend. The trip to Oregon went well enough that early last week the Ducks had pulled neck-and-neck with UCLA. But it all came back to the Bruins. "UCLA is the perfect situation for me. It's a great location, it's close to home, a great education. My parents can come watch me play. My mom was real happy that I chose UCLA."

Everett, who also could play defensive back, is planning to come to UCLA as a receiver and expects to compete for playing time as a freshman. "The coaches said I could come in and play right away, since there is playing time available. I could also return kicks if needed."

Now with the recruitment done, Everett can focus on his current task at hand, playing basketball for Chaminade. "Recruiting was getting real stressful and I was ready to make my decision. Part of the reason I committed was so I could focus on basketball. My ankle is feeling a lot better, but I think I may have come back too early. I'll probably take a few weeks off after basketball season before getting into track. I need some rest," said Everett.

Everett is fully qualified.

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