Viney Talks on Recruiting Others

The Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback committed to UCLA, Courntey Viney, talked about his official visit to UCLA last weekend, how it made him know he had made the right decision, and he also about his recruiting of the un-committed players on the trip, and where he thinks they'll go...

Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback Courtney Viney (5-10, 155) committed to UCLA back in March and has never wavered in his commitment despite receiving a handful of scholarship offers from schools around the country since then.

This past weekend, Viney took his official visit to UCLA and being in Westwood validated his desire to be a Bruin.

"It was great and it made me want to get up there even more," said Viney. "Alterraun Verner was my host. I had met him at the Scout Combine and he and I get along really well. I spent a lot of time with Coach (DeWayne) Walker and Coach (Gary) DeLoach. We spent a lot of time with the coaches really. We talked about mainly what to expect, if I come in ready then I'm going to play. It's all up to me. We haven't talked about any redshirt possibilities, I have a chance to come in and play."

With UCLA's two starting cornerbacks, Trey Brown and Rodney Van, being seniors when Viney is a freshman, he could see some action next year as a back-up, with a realistic chance of starting opposite Verner in 2008. Until then, Viney is looking forward to playing with Van, Brown and the other defensive backs.

"I met a lot of the players on my trip and, as a matter of fact, as soon as I got there, I went to practice. They break down as a team and then go into their individual groups. A couple of the players told me to come in with the Killer DB crew and break down with them. That made me feel real comfortable," said Viney.

Viney has long been a fan of defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, attending his camps at Mt. SAC earlier in his career. The opportunity to play for Walker was a major reason he committed to the Bruins, so Viney was not in the least bit surprised by Walker's accomplishments with UCLA's defnense this season, and against USC.

"I already knew it was going to happen," said Viney. "I knew what was up, what they were going to do to stop the receivers. I had talked to Coach Walker and Coach DeLoach about the USC game and the plan before it and told everyone I knew what would happen. A lot of people were asking me if they would have lost, would I have shifted a little bit. But win or lose in that game, I'm already considering myself a corner for UCLA. It was just the whole game, watching them stop USC, seeing how they play, got me excited to play for them."

Being a dedicated Bruin, Viney said he and his family are planning to make the easy drive to San Francisco next Wednesday to see the Bruins play Florida State in the Emerald Bowl.

While on his official trip, Viney also did his part to become the designated recruiter for the Bruins, pitching UCLA to Mike Harris, Glenn Love and Chris Conte. It's already worked on Harris, with the offensive lineman solidifying his verbal over the weekend. And Viney thinks Love and Conte may soon follow quickly. Viney said: "When I got there, the first guy I met was Glenn Love. He was kind of leaning towards Cal and Arizona, and his mom likes the coaches at Arizona. But I was doing what I can to lead them towards the Bruins. I told him if you want to be a Bruin, you can play and get a chance to learn from a lot of the vets, mainly the whole secondary, and in a few years, you're running things. Within a day, I think he was leaning big to coming here. Conte told me that he was going to be a Bruin, but was kind of undecided before. I told him the same thing, Cal's a great place for a guy who plays in the secondary, but if you want to play, there is help needed in Westwood, so be smart in his decision."

While Viney was hoping for an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Game, the same place he really jumped onto the scene last January with an all-Combine performance, he was thrilled just to be nominated. "It was just an honor to even be considered for it. I will be on a big stage in the BCS next year, though, so that's good enough for me," said Viney.

With Edison being a fertile recruiting ground for defensive backs (Viney is the eighth Division I defensive back to play for the Tigers since 1999), he is hoping to get several of his teammates to follow suit. "We've got two juniors who are the real deal, Brandon Leslie and Robert Golden," said Viney. "They'll be down in San Antonio at the Combine, so keep an eye on them. Robert is a shutdown corner. Coach (Tony) Perry will always have good DBs and these guys are hearing all about UCLA from me."

Viney had an outstanding senior year, recording over 80 tackles and seven interceptions, while also scoring a touchdown. He is fully qualified.

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