Committing Was All Relative

Antwon Moutra, the 6-2, 180-pound prospect from Culver City High talked all about his commitment to UCLA, how he has two close relatives that are Bruin players (one currently on the UCLA basketball team), and how the UCLA offensive and defensive coaches both want him for their side of the ball...

Culver City (Calif.) receiver Antwon Moutra (6-2, 180) knew that once an official offer came from UCLA it would be just a matter of time before he followed in the footsteps of other family members who played for the Bruins.

When Karl Dorrell hired Eric Scott as the receivers coach, that sealed the deal.

"Basically, UCLA had been more than a business, they were a family and a team," said Moutra. "It was my family away from my family. E-Scott made me feel more comfortable and he's just like my high school coach. They played together and they have the same coaching style and he's real cool to get along with."

Moutra said UCLA also presented more than an opportunity to just shine as a football player. "It's a great academic school and even if I don't play football in the NFL, I know I'd have a great education," said Moutra. "That was big to me and my family."

Moutra is one of the more versatile players in California and could play on either side of the ball in college. But it appears at this point that the Bruin staff wants him on offense. Moutra said, "They wanted me for both. The defensive coaches wanted me for defense and the offense coaches wanted me for offense, but we're going with receiver. If they were short on defense and needed me there, I'd switch over to defense. But honestly, I just want to play."

Moutra had been following the Bruin program since his cousin, Robert Thomas, one of UCLA's finest linebackers, played for the Bruins. "I talked to him a little last week and I was talking about UCLA to him and, yeah, he was telling me I should go there," said Moutra.

Another cousin is current Bruin guard Russell Westbrook, though Moutra hasn't spoken much to him in the past two weeks. "We talked a lot about me going to UCLA before, but he's been a little busy lately with basketball, so I'll talk with him more about it later on," said Moutra. Moutra gave his verbal on Saturday the 10th at UCLA's Meet and Greet, but when he arrived on campus, he didn't have any intention of committing that day.

"I decided to commit when I was there," said Moutra. "I didn't expect to commit then but I figured, Why wait? They said that they were losing three receivers and I shouldn't have a problem coming in as a true freshman and earning some time. It was nice committing with all of those guys because we all knew each other from playing against each other or being at camps."

Moutra also raved about the coaching staff at UCLA, a big factor in his decision. "I'd say I get along with all of them really good," said Moutra. "They all seem nice and it's going to be good to get along with all of them."

With his decision out of the way, Moutra said the stress should decrease. "I can focus on football and focus on school with no stress," said Moutra.

Next month, Moutra will be at the Combine in Los Angeles. He's already been to the U.S. Army All-American Combine, where he was named to the all-combine team among over 600 participants.

During his junior year, Moutra had 40 catches for 839 yards and 11 touchdowns while chipping in 86 tackles and six interceptions, en route to earning all-state underclass honors.

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