Velega Not Spilling Beans

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback prospect <b>Byron Velega</b> is done with his official visits and says it's down to two schools...

Cornerback Byron Velega, 6-1, 185, of Long Beach Poly (Calif.), is getting really close to making a decision.

"I want to decide next week, but I'm thinking about waiting a little longer because I might want to have a press conference," said Velega.

"In my mind I kind of already know, but it's not 100% yet and I don't want to tell anyone. I haven't told any coaches yet. I just know in my mind."

Velega says it's between UCLA and Washington State and isn't hinting at a leader.

"Coach Johnson from UCLA was at my house on Monday and Coach Dorrell is going be here Sunday. They said the spot is wide open and they like my chance to play. They didn't promise me anything, but said the opportunity is there and it's up to me," Velega said.

Velega talked more about UCLA. "Also, I love the degree they have. I think the average income of a graduate is like $60,000/yr their first year out of college."

Byron visited the Bruins on December 19th. He took his visit to Washington St this past weekend (1/16) and was very impressed with the Cougars. "I like the defense and the defensive back coach. They were second in the country in interceptions and I like how they use their corners and how physical they are. All the coaches are really good. Coach Doba, Coach Green and Coach Skipper were all at my house on Monday."

What about Pullman? "The atmosphere is nice because they are all straightforward. The only negative is that it's freakin' cold. I get sick really easy, but I think I'd get used to it. If I feel it's the best school for me I'll go there. I loved the visit and I love that it's a great college town."

Byron also visited Oregon on January 9th, but is no longer considering the Ducks. "They got too many guys and too many DBs. period."

He also tripped to California on December 13th and isn't looking at the Bears either. "They were pressuring me to commit and were playing around with my scholarship saying I may not have one if I wait too long."

Velega reports a 2.8 GPA and a 970 SAT, which will get him qualified academically.

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