Crissman Comes Early For The Bruins

UCLA picks up a commitment from quarterback Nick Crissman, the 6-4, 196-pounder from Edison High in Huntington Beach, who accepted the scholarship offer from Karl Dorrell on the spot Friday and becomes the 14th prospect in the class of 2008 to commit to UCLA...

Nick Crissman didn't need much time to think when he got an offer from UCLA on Friday.

"I was talking to Coach (Karl) Dorrell on the phone and he offered me today and I decided to commit right there on the phone," said Crissman. "They were my number one school after getting to know Coach Dorrell and Coach (Jay) Norvell. I really felt we built a great relationship and I have always been a fan of the school."

Crissman, the 6-4, 196-pound quarterback from Edison High in Huntington Beach, said he grew up watching UCLA and the fit was perfect for him.

"There is nothing to not like about UCLA," said Crissman. "I love everything about the school. I feel like they're a program on the rise and Coach Dorrell is building them up to be one of the top schools in the nation."

Though he had to wait to get an offer, Crissman said the Bruin staff explained their process to him.

"They said the way they do recruiting, especially quarterbacks, is that they do real extensive evaluations of each player and it really means a lot to me to get that offer," said Crissman. "It's always been a dream of mine to play for UCLA, growing up and watching them. Honestly, I'm still in shock that I'm at the point that I have an opportunity to play for UCLA and I'm on cloud nine right now."

The close proximity of UCLA to his Huntington Beach home, just up the 405 Freeway, also played a role in his decision.

"A school as nice as UCLA and the football team as good, for it to be as close to my home makes it that much better," said Crissman. "My family is really happy. My mom is really happy that I get to stay close to home and so is my dad. I'm really close with my three brothers, so I'm glad I get to stay close to them."

Crissman said that, in his conversations with the UCLA coaches, he was intrigued by the offense and the possibilities of being coached by them.

"I feel like after talking with them and the type of offense they run, I'll be learning a ton from Coach Norvell," said Crissman.

Crissman was at UCLA's Junior Day in February and he's been at several passing camps and combines this spring, and he's developed a bond with several of the SoCal quarterbacks.

"It's a lot of fun, they're really great guys and it makes doing all those camps that much better," said Crissman. "There is a competition level there but even then you're just hanging out with the guys."

Crissman's chief protector on the offensive line last year was Martin Coleman, who is now at USC and Crissman is looking forward to playing against his teammate.

"I haven't talked to him yet, but I'm sure I'll talk to him soon," said Crissman. "I'm sure he'll be happy for me but we'll definitely have a little rivalry going."

Crissman said the early commitment will benefit him in the long run.

"I'm actually really happy because I can just start concentrating on next year's football season and school," said Crissman. "I didn't really let the recruiting affect me but now I can focus. And I'm planning on trying to get some phone numbers (of the commits) and make some phone calls and get to know those guys a little more."

Crissman was one of the standouts at the L.A. Combine last weekend, running a 4.7 in the forty and flashing his strong arm in the drills, en route to all-combine honors. Next up is the Elite 11 Camp at Cal, the Nike Camp at Stanford and finally UCLA's 1-Day Camp. After that will be passing tournaments throughout the summer with Edison.

Last year, Crissman led the Chargers to the CIF Pac-5 finals, where they lost to Orange Lutheran. He threw for 3,094 yards and 27 touchdowns (232-for-368), leading Edison to an 11-3 record.

Academically, Crissman has a 3.87 GPA.

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