Westgate Makes The Switch

Oak Park (Calif.) athlete Sean Westgate, a longtime commit to Arizona, decided on Sunday that he wanted to stay home and play his college football in Southern California...

Oak Park (Calif.) athlete Sean Westgate committed to Arizona back in June, and was all set to be a Wildcat.

But last week, Westgate received some news from UCLA that changed the complexion of his future.

"UCLA offered me last week, prior to taking a trip, and so I took an official visit there," said Westgate. "It was an awesome trip. Gavin Ketchum was my host. I played with him at Oak Park."

After mulling the late offer from UCLA over, Westgate decided to make the switch and backed off his committment to the Wildcats to commit to the hometown Bruins.

"I committed to UCLA today," said Westgate.

Westgate had played strictly linebacker for Oak Park, but many schools looked at him as a safety. UCLA, however, didn't.

"One of the main reasons was they want me to play linebacker, which is what I've been playing," said Westgate, who said he's hoping to be at 220 by the time he gets to UCLA.

The proximity to home also played a role in his decision to commit to UCLA.

"My family would be able to see me play too," said Westgate.

Westgate said he called the Arizona coaches and let them know he was changing his mind, and they took the news well.

After a memorable 2007 season, Westgate was named the Ventura County Defensive Player of the Year after recording 148 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and five sacks with a pick. He also scored three touchdowns and ran for 381 yards. All on a shoulder that required offseason surgery. He was twice named all-CIF and was the CIF Defensive Player of the Year.

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