Elite QB Commits to UCLA

UCLA picked up its fourth commitment in the class of 2007 from an elite prospect at a position of need when quarterback Chris Forcier gave UCLA a verbal commitment.

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine quarterback Chris Forcier (6-3, 175), one of the elite quarterbacks nationally, ended his recruitment on Wednesday, committing to Karl Dorrell and UCLA during an unofficial visit to Westwood. "He had 20 offers altogether, and another 20 that just needed the paper. He had narrowed it down to three, and then to two, Miami and UCLA. UCLA made a lot of sense in every capacity," said Mike Forcier, Chris' father. "We had a bunch of questions for them, and the staff took the time to come in on their day off to meet with us. On the way out, Chris ran into Ben Olson, and what a nice kid he is. He basically put it in perspective. I had a gut feeling about UCLA, but ultimately it was Chris' decision. UCLA was the best place for him."

Forcier saw his offer total reach double digits. Miami, Baylor and Boston College were the most recent to offer, and on the drive up to Westwood, Kansas and NC State offered, but the school who had been on him from the beginning, UCLA, was the school to get his commitment.

"I think that UCLA is one of the best, if not the best, up and coming coaching staff's in America, and we felt like they were shooting straight with us," Forcier said. "Coach (Dino) Babers told Chris that he has offers from all over the country, and that he could look at anyone of those places, but the best offer was in his own backyard. They made Chris feel at home. They don't downplay their backups, they didn't extend any extra promises, they were open and honest. Chris knows he's going to redshirt and get bigger. But now he can watch games, go up to campus and watch practice and get ready for when he goes there."

Initially, Forcier said he wanted to take his time but in the end, decided to get it over with.

"Twenty, forty, sixty offers to choose from. At what point does he just need to get the decision over with?" said Forcier. "We went through this with Jason (Chris' older brother, a redshirt freshman at Michigan) and so we knew what to look for. A lot of key people talked with us, and Chris knew in his mind and felt good and confident that UCLA was the place for him. Coach (Karl) Dorrell and Coach (Jim) Svoboda are great coaches but even better people. Look what Coach Svoboda did with Drew Olson. He's NFL material now."

After taking a trip down south for the Scout.com Combine in Jacksonville and then unofficial trips to Florida and Miami, Forcier began to have several schools to compare. He had attended USC's spring practice last week, though he didn't make their Junior Day.

"Even if USC had made an offer, it wouldn't have made a difference. He went there on Friday night, and they were very hospitable and we enjoyed it. But Chris said it didn't feel like home. The Sanchez's treated us well, but they told us, go where you love," said Forcier.

With the decision made, the elder Forcier said Chris was relieved and anxious to be a Bruin.

"He knows the fight song already. I've never seen that kid as happy in his life. Ever. Coach Babers told him he had a dream that he and Jason were playing against each other in the Rose Bowl. Of course, he said that UCLA won," said Forcier.

Forcier's commitment to UCLA gives the Bruins their fourth commit in the class of 2007, joining running back Raymond Carter, cornerback Courtney Viney and defensive tackle Brian Price.

He's also the third four-star commit in the class for the Bruins as well as the third member of the early Top 100 by Scout.

During his junior season, Forcier led St. Augustine the CIF-San Diego Section title and was named Player of the Year in Division III. He finished 163-for-272 for 2,382 yards, throwing 31 touchdown passes adding 415 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. With Jason at Michigan, there is another passing Forcier, Tate, a freshman at Scripps Ranch High, who will be starting this fall on varsity after playing some there during his 9th grade season.

Forcier will be in attendance at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles next month.


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