Bruins Get Commitment #14

UCLA added their 14th commitment to the Class of 2006 with long snapper Christian Yount giving the Bruins a verbal. He talks about his plans for coming to UCLA.

UCLA received its 14th commitment from the Class of 2006 when Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro longsnapper Christian Yount gave the Bruins a verbal.

"I talked to Coach (Brian) Schneider on Sunday, then talked to Coach (Karl) Dorrell to let them know I was coming. It's a relief to get this out of the way and get some closure on it," said Yount.

The plan for Yount is to greyshirt the 2006 season and enroll as a full-time UCLA student in the winter of 2007. UCLA's current longsnapper, Riley Jondle, would be a senior in 2006, thus enabling Yount to take over the duties during the 2007 season without having to use a redshirt.

"When the coaches explained it to me, I really liked it. It allows me the chance to get into the swing of things with college without playing football. What I can do is be a part time student at UCLA, and take like two classes so my clock wont start, but I can be on campus, live in the dorms and not take a full load. Then I'll be adjusted when the spring starts," said Yount.

Yount started snapping during his freshman season then began taking lessons from former UCLA snapper Chris Rubio following his sophomore year. The work paid off as Yount earlier this summer received an offer from Boston College. UCLA followed suit shortly after and while the Bruins seemed the logical choice, Yount struggled between the two.

"It was really tough because both schools have great football program, great academics, both have something I liked. It was a real hard decision, they were even in most of the stuff. The deciding factor was distance. It's really far to Boston College, other side of the nation, and UCLA was so much closer," said Yount.

While working out with Rubio and former UCLA kicker Chris Sailer during the summer, Yount has also had a chance to snap to his future battery mate, punter Aaron Perez.

"I got to work with him at the camps and clinics. I know where he likes the ball snapped. It's kind of funny all the connections to UCLA and it's there alma mater and now I'm getting to go there," said Yount. "Rubio is really excited for me. I wouldn't have been here today without him."

Yount went into long snapping thinking a walk-on chance was going to be the best available option.

"I've known of only a few others who got scholarships. In the back of my mind it was always something to shoot for, but scholarship were for running backs and quarterbacks. Long snappers are more of a specialty so I never thought it would happen. I thought I would just have to keep my grades up so I could walk-on somewhere.

With his decision made, Yount will focus now on Tesoro's scrimmage this weekend against El Toro scrimmage and then their season opener on September 9th against Laguna Hills.

"I'll also play defensive line this year, but snapping is what I'm doing in college," said Yount.

Academically, Yount has a 3.0 GPA and scored in the 1500's on the new SAT.

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