Harkey Adds To Bruins' Class

Chino Hills (Calif.) tight end/defensive end Cory Harkey felt the timing was right so on Monday morning, he called up the UCLA coaches and let them know he was committing...

UCLA's recruiting class continues to grow, with the Bruins receiving their 20th verbal in the class of 2008 on Monday.

Chino Hills (Calif.) tight end/defensive end Cory Harkey (6-4, 230) called the UCLA coaches on Monday and let them know he was becoming a Bruin.

"I just felt really comfortable with the school and what they had to offer, and I told myself I would commit when I found a place like that," said Harkey.

Harkey said when he woke up on Monday morning, the timing was right so he called up head coach Karl Dorrell, who was on his way to the UCLA camp.

"I called Coach Dorrell and he was really excited," said Harkey. "He had me talk to Coach Angus (McClure) and Coach (Jay) Norvell and a couple of other coaches. They are going to bring me in as tight end."

Harkey said that UCLA's proximity to home and academic standing played a big role in his decision.

"My family, they were actually really excited," said Harkey. "I know anywhere you go you'll get a good education, but UCLA is known for their great academics."

And with the commitment out of the way, Harkey said he's happy to have it over with.

"I'm really relieved," said Harkey. "I can focus on football and then games for basketball this summer instead of recruiting."

Harkey said he had been in contact with UCLA's quarterback committment, Nick Crissman, and he was telling Harkey to join him in Westwood, to be on the receiving end of his passes.

"I talked to Nick and I wouldn't mind catching passes from him. Other guys, they were just telling me how good a school UCLA is without pushing it on me," said Harkey.

Harkey said that the UCLA coaches would like him to come in and be ready to compete for playing time, with Ryan Moya and Logan Paulsen seniors when he comes in.

"They said I would have a good chance to play like any other incoming athlete," said Harkey. "I just have to show them how bad I want it."

Harkey is coming off an all-CIF Inland Division season in which he caught 21 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns and added 51 tackles, 6.5 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery for Chino Hills.

Academically, Harkey is carrying a 3.3 GPA.

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