JC DT Waits on UCLA

The 6-2 1/2, 292-pounder from Compton College, <b>Ola Dagunduro</b>, already has an offer from a Big 12 power. With the JC signing period starting tomorrow, he's waiting on UCLA...

Ola Dagunduro, the 6-2 1/2 , 292-pound defensive tackle from Compton College, made it pretty clear Monday when we spoke with him that he wanted to go to play his D-1 college ball.

"I want to go to UCLA," Dagunduro said. "I'm just waiting to see what they think of my transcript and my highlight tape."

Dagunduro, who had 72 tackles and four sacks for Compton College this season, got UCLA his transcripts last week and believed they received his highlight video reel yesterday.

"I hadn't heard back from them since they got my transcript," Dagunduro said. "But I talked to coach (Don) Johnson, the defensive line coach, last week. He said hopefully the tape would be good and everything will be good to go from there."

Dagunduro said he's been offered by Nebraska, Marshall and Louisiana Lafayette, while he's also hearing from Iowa, San Diego State, Colorado and Colorado State.

"But I'd like to go to UCLA," he said. "I like the program. And from what I've seen of other places, there's nothing like home. Staying in Cali means a lot to me. The program is really good and getting better. The environment is the best, compared to all the other programs I've seen."

Dagunduro also said that there is another incentive for playing at UCLA. "I'm close with (current UCLA sophomore defensive tackle) Kevin Brown. I'd love to play with Kevin. And hopefully ‘Big C' (Compton College OL Charles Owens). He wants to come here, too."

With the JC signing period beginning tomorrow, Dagunduro, who was originally from Inglewood High and played alongside USC's Lawrence Jackson, hopes he hears back from UCLA fairly soon. He gets his JC degree this Friday, and is anxious to know where he'll be next quarter/semester. He's pretty confident about his chances with UCLA, though. "I didn't have a high enough core GPA at Inglewood, but I passed the SAT. Since I've been at Compton I've taken good classes, and I have a 3.2 GPA."

In terms of eligibility, Dagunduro said he'll have three years to play two.

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