Andy Keane Makes It Commitment No. 8

UCLA gets its 8th commitment for the Class of 2006, its 6th along the offensive line, when Palm Springs (Calif.) High lineman <b>Andy Keane</b> committed to the Bruins on Monday night...

UCLA's rapidly growing offensive line class received another commitment, its sixth verbal pledge in the Class of 2006, when Palm Springs (Calif.) High offensive lineman Andy Keane (6-3, 260) committed to the Bruins on Monday.

"I am real excited," said Keane. "I called both Coach (Karl) Dorrell and Coach (Tom) Cable and told them and they were really excited, too. It's great to make my decision and get it over with and to be able to commit to UCLA."

Keane had been offered prior to coming to the Bruins 1-Day Lineman Camp earlier this month and while he said UCLA was a heavy favorite after the camp, he didn't have any plans for a decision in the near future.

That all changed on Monday.

"I just started thinking about the other schools I was hearing from, the schools recruiting me, the Arizona's, USC's and Colorado's, and just thought, could I see myself at any of them besides UCLA, and I couldn't and just realized UCLA was the best choice for me," said Keane.

At the 1-Day Camp, Keane probably had the best showing in the one-on-one drills for the day. He worked out with both the offensive line and defensive line, and showed good quickness in the testing and drills. On defense, there wasn't an offensive lineman who could contain him, with Keane being just too quick, agile and having advanced pass-rushing skills. His frame could easily add another 25 pounds to it.

With the commitment made, Keane said the next thing will be to decide which side of the ball to play on.

"They said they could use me on the defensive line or at center, but they'll sort it out later. Honestly, I'll play whatever gets me on the field. Either side of the ball is fine with me," said Keane.

The only camp Keane is planning to attend in the near future is the Scout Combine in Los Angeles in May. Otherwise, it's preparing for his senior year.

"Getting the commitment over with is a huge relief. My family is really excited about me going to UCLA, and I can't wait. Now I can focus on my senior season. We should have a pretty good team and I'm looking forward to the year."

Academically, Keane said he is easily on track to qualify.

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