Aundre Dean Talks About UCLA Commitment

Aundre Dean, the 6-1, 200-pound running back, called the UCLA coaches on Wednesday night to give them his commitment, and he said the Bruin coaching staff played a huge role in him changing his commitment from home-state Texas A&M to a school on the West Coast...

Though he visited Texas A&M on Saturday for the Maroon & White Game to give the Aggies one more shot at resecuring his commitment, Katy (Texas) running back Aundre Dean had his mind two time zones away.

So Wednesday night, Dean felt the time was right to give UCLA the commitment he had been planning to ever since an unofficial trip to Westwood during his spring break.

"I talked to Coach (Karl) Dorrell and Coach (Dino) Babers, the running back coach, and let them know I was committing to UCLA," said Dean. "I could tell they were real, real excited. They sounded like they were jumping up and down. I told them they're putting their trust in me, a guy halfway around the world, and I'm putting my trust in them and I'm ready to come and help them win a national championship."

The conversation with the Bruin coaching staff confirmed to Dean why he chose them.

"Honestly, the reason I picked UCLA was mainly the coaching staff. In between the time from when I decommitted from A&M, they didn't pressure, they didn't downtalk them. They knew that when I went up there for the maroon and white game it might have brought me closer to them. But it actually brought me closer to UCLA," said Dean.

Dean went on to explain his feelings for the UCLA coaches.

"You can just tell when you find generally good people and that is what UCLA has," said Dean. "I mean, Texas A&M is a great school, but UCLA is really the place for me. Everything really fell into place for me to go there. Coach DeLoach, he was the first one I talked with and got me interested in UCLA and then Coach Norvell, he recruited me at Nebraska and he's such a great guy and that has a lot to do with me committing there. He's one of my favorite coaches."

Dean's commitment to Texas A&M was supposed to keep him close to him, but he left a window of opportunity for an out-of-state school. A visit to Westwood not only sealed it for him, but convinced his parents that was the spot for him.

"My parents, that was a reason why I went out there. I had 100% confidence with UCLA, but once I got my parents' 100% confidence that was it. They're going to support me wherever, if I went to play in Iraq they'd be there. So when they get the opportunity to watch me they'll be there."

Dean reiterated that his desire to play in the Bruin offense, which is similar to the Katy offense, played a role.

"I'm used to running that pro kind of offense, but I know I still have a lot of stuff to work on. Everything in general, I'm working on to be a better player. I want to get faster, work on my footspeed. I just want to be the best player I can possibly be. You'll never be a great player until you're retired from the NFL, so you always have things to work on."

Dean said that though he's decommitted once before, this time he's solid.

"I'm sure people will call, people will offer, but with the coaching staff, and the depth chart, I know I'm solid with UCLA. Now, I'm trying to focus on getting better for my team and trying to win state," said Dean.

He's also relieved to get the process over with, again.

"It's a big burden off the shoulder, you don't have to worry about it too much. All I have to do is keep working hard and with my ability and the people I have around me I'll be fine. It's a relief, not having to worry as much about where I'm going."

Dean said he's hoping to get out to Westwood again this summer before he visits UCLA officially in the fall.

"I'm definitely going to try and take a trip this summer, before I take an official. I'll probably try to do something so I can see it again," said Dean.

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