Elite Cornerback Commits

UCLA picks up its third commitment from the class of 2007 on Thursday, going on the defensive side of the ball from a school that gave them one of their finest defensive backs in recent memory.

Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback Courtney Viney's relationship with defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker proved to be the difference maker and the four-star corner decided to end his recruitment and give a verbal commitment to UCLA on Thursday.

"I talked to Coach (Gary) DeLoach about it earlier this week about how I go about committing. He told me to call Coach (Karl) Dorrell and let him know. So I talked to Coach Dorrell tonight and let him know I was giving my verbal commitment to UCLA. I talked to Coach Walker when we were done and he was fired up. Coach Dorrell was fired up too," said Viney.

The last cornerback that UCLA got from Edison was Ricky Manning, who went on to become a 3-time First Team All-Pac-10 pick as a corner.

"I talked to my position coach (Tony Perry) because he coached Ricky in high school. He said he was going to let Ricky know I was committing to UCLA. I'm going to spend about two weeks this summer working out with him," said Viney.

For Viney, it ends a quick recruitment for him that was expedited when UCLA offered. Viney had offers from California, Nebraska and Washington State, but once UCLA offered, it put them even with the Golden Bears. In the end, his relationship with Walker won out.

"I went down there for Junior Day and liked everything about it. I talked a lot with Coach Walker and because I've known him for a long time, and feel the most comfortable with him of all the coaches, I knew that UCLA was the place for me. I sat down with my family and had a long talk about it and decided to commit to them," said Viney.

Viney said he was happy to get the decision out of the way and focus on other things.

"Now I can focus on my senior season and winning a championship. I can work hard, knowing my decision is out of the way, but still trying to be the best I can," said Viney.

Though its still a little more than 10 months away until Signing Day, Viney said he was firmly in the Bruins corner.

"I will just take a trip to UCLA and I'm 100% committed to them. Its the best place for me," said Viney.

Viney really stepped to the forefront at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio in January, being named to the All-Combine First Team. He will attend the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles in May.

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