Ramirez Talks About Commitment

Imperial (Calif.) High running back/safety Christian Ramirez will follow in the footsteps of Bruin great and Imperial alum Robert Thomas, after committing to the Bruins last week.

After committing to UCLA on Friday, Imperial (Calif.) High athlete Christian Ramirez finally talked about his decision to pledge to the Bruins.

"I just liked it. The school was where I always wanted to go. I didn't know how I was going to be able to go there when I was younger, but football is getting me there," said Ramirez.

The 6-3, 190 athlete said the Bruin staff hasn't determined his position yet, either running back or safety, and that they will decide when he shows up for camp. He said he'd like to get up to 210-215.

"They want to bring me in as an athlete and they'll make a decision where I play later. I can play on either side, whichever gets me on the field."

As a junior, Ramirez had 45 tackles, with 4 sacks and 5 recovered fumbles and blocked 2 field goals and 1 punt from his outside linebacker position. Offensively, he rushed for 1,558 yards on 145 carries and scoring 23 touchdowns. In addition he had 9 receptions for 203 yards and 4 touchdowns out of the backfield for Imperial. He has been clocked at a 4.5 forty.

One of the biggest influences on Ramirez has been former UCLA all-American and 2001 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Robert Thomas. Thomas was on the Imperial campus when Ramirez made his decision to commit to UCLA.

"Robert was happy for me. He said he had his chance to show what he can do there and now its mine. He talked to me about what to expect, about what attitude to have when I get there and how to keep working hard."

Coach Dino Babers was recruiting Ramirez. "I like Coach Babers. He is a real nice guy and very respectful. I met Coach (Karl) Dorrell at some games to and he was always very good to me. The coaches there are good."

Aside from UCLA, Ramirez had an offer from San Diego State, while also receiving strong interest from Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Michigan State, Washington State and several Ivy League schools.

"Academics was a real big factor for me. I looked at it as if I couldn't go all the way with football, then I have a great degree to use. If I got injured or something happened on the field, then I always have my degree from UCLA to fall back on. It was big for me."

Ramirez has a 3.2 GPA and received a qualifying score on the old SAT, but is scheduled to take the new one in June. He said he will have no problem qualifying.

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