Golper Commits to the Bruins

Arcadia (Calif.) linebacker Todd Golper, a four-star prospect by Scout.com, was on UCLA's campus on Saturday and decided to make a decision, committing to the school in a brief meeting with the UCLA coaching staff. Golper talks about his decision...

Arcadia (Calif.) linebacker Todd Golper, a four-star MLB ranked in the top 10 at his position nationally, made his college choice on Saturday.

"I committed to UCLA," Golper said. "I was eating lunch and I walked up to Coach (DeWayne) Walker and said that I was ready to pull the trigger. So he said he'd set up a meeting with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel."

A few minutes later, Golper was sitting in Neuheisel's office and told him that he wanted to be a Bruin.

"Coach Neuheisel was really excited because he said I was the first player in this class to commit to him," said Golper. "Coach Walker was pretty excited too, but I think he was more relieved because I think he was worried about Stanford."

Golper said that linebacker coach Chuck Bullough may have been the most excited.

"Coach Bullough came up to Coach Neuheisel's office right as we were walking out and said "I hear congratulations are in order," said Golper. "He said he was really excited to hear the news."

Last week, Golper took an unofficial visit to Stanford for Junior Day and the Cardinal staff made a big impression on him. But the lifelong Bruin fan decided to go with his heart.

"I didn't really get a chance to see the student life at UCLA before today, and when I did, I just thought it was the complete package, more than Stanford," said Golper. "My parents were with me and my dad (who graduated from UCLA), was really happy. And my two brothers (one who is a grad student at UCLA) were just ecstatic."

Golper said that his decision was relieving, already getting weary of the process.

"It's a big relief for me because it was already starting to wear on me," said Golper. "Coach Neuheisel said he wants me to start working on some other guys now."

Golper was flanked by several visitors at UCLA on Saturday and sat with several of them during UCLA's basketball game with Cal.

"I was sitting next to (Upland quarterback) Josh Nunes and we were both really getting into the game. The game was a lot of fun," said Golper.

Golper also had offers from Stanford and Arizona and strong interest from Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.

He is the second commit to the Bruins in the class of 2009, joining cornerback Marlon Pollard.

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