Elite Cornerback's List Changes

There have been some developments in the recruitment of Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback Courtney Viney since we last spoke to him, and it's changed his list of favorites significantly...

Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback Courtney Viney (5-8, 165) added another scholarship offer to his list recently, and the offer shot that school to the top.

"UCLA just offered me," said Viney. "They are most definitely at the top now with Cal."

But Viney acknowledged that UCLA's recent hiring of defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker may give the Bruins the edge.

"Yes it does help them because of the relationship I have with Coach Walker. He's a great coach and I've learned a lot from him," said Viney.

The offer from the Bruins joins previously-held offers from California, Nebraska and Washington State.

In addition, Viney is hearing from Washington, Louisville, Nebraska and Auburn.

He has already been invited to Junior Day's at California and UCLA, and said he would be attending the UCLA Junior Day in early March.

"I'm thinking about an early decision. I'm not going to take a long time to decide," said Viney.

Viney said he was unsure what camps and combines he'll be attending this spring, but said that the Stanford Nike Camp and the Scout.com Combine are two likely destinations.

It was at the U.S. Army All-American Combine last month, though, where Viney began to attract the attention. He said, "I got to prove a lot of people wrong there. Because of my size, not a lot of people think I can do it and my expectations weren't even really that high, to be honest. But when the day was done, I knew I did well."

Well enough to be named to the U.S. All-American All-Combine First Team at cornerback.

Similar in size to former Edison and UCLA cornerback Ricky Manning Jr., Viney said he's been playing with a chip on his shoulder. "If you hit the hardest, size doesn't matter. It's all in the head. If you think you can, you can. I just play hard all the time, stay with my man, and turn it up. We've had a lot of great cornerbacks here and I just want to turn it on again this season and live up to the expectations and make what's been said about us be true," said Viney.

Academically, Viney has a 3.3 GPA and scored an 1100 on the SAT, but said he will take the SAT again to keep improving his score.

"I want to get the best score I can," said Viney.

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