Edison Offered, Commits To UCLA

UCLA received their second committment from a Verbum Dei prospect and finished off their recruiting class of 2007 on Wednesday when defensive end Justin Edison decommitted from Oregon State and gave the hometown Bruins his verbal pledge...

Since we spoke to Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei defensive end Justin Edison late last night, a lot has transpired.

As we reported earlier this morning, Edison had taken a trip to UCLA over the weekend but didn't receive an offer from the Bruin staff, mainly because the coaching staff was holding their one remaining scholarship offer open for Donovan Warren.

When Warren told the coaches last night that UCLA was no longer a consideration for him, the coaches made the call to Edison that completely changed his recruitment.

"He was excited with the way things were going when you last talked to him," said Harold Edison, Justin's father. "Berkeley had just left and I had left to get food for him. I was in the In-N-Out drive thru when DeWayne Walker called to make a solid offer. I called Justin and told him and before I could finish he said "I want to go to UCLA."

But before Justin could make it official with Walker, he had to let Oregon State, where he had committed last month, know that he was changing his commitment.

"We called Nigel (Burton) and Justin called him and explained to him the situation. He had a lot of admiration for Oregon State, for the academics and for Coach (Mike) Riley. He had a great time on his trip and a great bond when he went there. But the difference maker was that he never thought he'd be offered by a D-I school in L.A.," said Edison. "When he did, that made the difference. He can continue to play with Akeem (Ayers) and they won CIF together and were the leaders of that defense. He really admires Coach Dorrell and Coach Howard."

In fact, it was on a trip to Cal that Edison's eyes to UCLA were opened up.

"He really bonded with Glenn Love, who he met on his trip to Cal. Both Justin and Glenn are going to major in engineering and Glenn had a lot of positive things to say about UCLA. Based on Glenn's observation and then the weekend trip, we were pretty positive about UCLA but still positive to Oregon State. What mattered is if UCLA came with the offer," said Edison.

So when Walker made the offer and Edison told his son about it, he knew from his voice how thrilled he was for that opportunity.

"When I said it to Justin, he said immediately ‘I want to commit' and I asked ‘are you sure' and he said ‘yes, dad, yes'. I know my son and I could tell in his voice.

Edison said that Justin will not take a visit to Arizona this weekend as planned and that he is solid to UCLA and done with his recruitment.

"He's as humble as can be and he says he wants to show his younger brother some stuff so that his brother can be better than he was," said Edison. "Anything he can do to have the edge, he focuses on it. He gets to where he has to be and does the things he wants to do to make it. He asked if he can start his training and I told him I was tired to wait until after Signing Day. After Signing Day, we'll start the 5 a.m. workouts.

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