Justin Brown Talks About Commitment

The 6-6, 270-pound offensive lineman from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, <b>Justin Brown</b>, talks about his recent commitment to UCLA, what he expects being a Bruin, and offensive line coach Tom Cable...

Since he was a youngster, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly offensive lineman Justin Brown (6-6, 270) wanted to wear the Blue and Gold. Of Notre Dame. But a camp to South Bend this summer soured Brown on the Irish.

And though he received offers from Utah, UTEP, Washington and Fresno State, the lifelong desire to wear the blue and gold came true. But it was UCLA's blue and gold.

"They just had a lot going for them," said Brown. "The location, Coach (Tom) Cable. I think Coach Cable is the best offensive line coach in the country. There is something about him that just draws people. He is the kind of coach you just want to play for."

Brown's sister attended Notre Dame and for as long as he could remember, he wanted to play for the Irish. "But then I went to a camp there this summer, and just didn't really like it. For a Southern California boy in the Midwest, I don't know, I just didn't want to go there after all, and they were recruiting me. Once UCLA started recruiting me, I couldn't beat that," said Brown.

Brown took his official visit to UCLA in mid-December, during UCLA's big recruiting weekend, and was hosted by tackle Ed Blanton. Brown had verbally committed to UCLA a week before and several familiar faces confirmed Brown's decision to be a Bruin.

"I knew Marcedes Lewis, KB (Kevin Brown), Byron Velega, Rodney Van, all those guys from Poly. You're always familiar with guys from Poly and I was close with a lot of those guys. The chance to play with them again will be great."

While Brown raved about Cable, he was also impressed with head coach Karl Dorrell.

"Coach Dorrell, being a UCLA alum, he has goals set and really wants his program to accomplish great things. He knows what he needs to do, and he is just getting the pieces in place to make it happen. I think UCLA is going to do some great things soon."

The proximity of UCLA to Brown's home was a big factor in his decision. "My parents were pretty thrilled about me committing to UCLA. They wanted me to go there."

Brown was an anchor on the offensive line for Poly this year, and helped lead the Jackrabbits to the CIF Division I crown in 2004.

"Ever since the class with Marcedes (2001 season) won it, people have been down on Poly. And the last two years, we gave them reason to think that, but this year, we just put it together and focused on got the championship again."

Brown is a full academic qualifier and while he said he had hoped to graduate in January and enroll early, he said he will most likely get ready for Fall Camp and being ready if called upon then.

"We do strongside and weakside at Poly so I can slide in there. I met Doc on my visit and he is a great guy and I'm looking forward to working with him."

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