UCLA Gets Commitment #5

UCLA picks up verbal commitment No. 5 from <b>Trey Brown</b>, the defensive back and talented athlete who comes from a very strong UCLA family...

Theotis "Trey" Brown III, 5-11, 185, 4.5, Shawnee Mission (Kansas) Northwest, received a call Tuesday night from R. Todd Littlejohn, the UCLA defensive backs coach. "Tuesday night I was sitting here and relaxing. We got a call from coach. My dad took the call. Coach Littlejohn said he wanted to speak to both my father and me.

"He said that the coaching staff had agreed that they wanted to offer me a scholarship. I just said, ‘You know, that is the place where I really want to go.' If I had to say which school was No. 1 on the list, UCLA was it. I told him I wanted to be Bruin. Everyone was sure excited here around here."

Excited may be an understatement. Theotis explained, "Trey was very calm on the phone with coach Littlejohn, but I was jumping up and down. I was so excited for Trey." Trey's parents met and went to school together at UCLA. "This is absolutely awesome. It is great to keep the legacy and tradition of going to UCLA in our family," Theotis said.

Three generations were celebrating Tuesday night. "I called my dad and told him that now I know how he felt when I decided to go to UCLA. For the moms and dads this is a great way to send their kids to college," Theotis said. "I called my grandparents, and they were very excited. My grandma said this is her second son that will be going to UCLA," Trey said.

UCLA got a chance to see Brown first hand for four days at UCLA this past summer when Brown attended UCLA's four-day camp, and Brown took full advantage of his opportunity. Brown was one of the most impressive rising seniors at the camp.

Northwest, however, hasn't faired as well as Trey has this season. "We didn't do as well as we would have liked. We finished 3-6. There were a bunch of games that were very close, and we seemed to be a play away from winning in a number of them. We worked hard, and it was certainly a hard-fought season all around."

But Brown is now focused on heading to Westwood. Brown will be coming to UCLA as a cornerback, but he excels on both sides of the ball. "Trey is being recruited as a corner, but he plays great on offense, especially at wide receiver. And since he is both a corner and receiver he knows both sides of the pass routes really well," Theotis said. Brown not only played wide receiver he also did quite well playing running back. He finished the season with 24 catches for 400 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver and had 1,128 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing.

Brown is also the starting point guard on the Northwest basketball team. With the basketball season close to starting the Browns are trying to schedule an official visit to Westwood that won't interfere too much with the basketball schedule. "We will definitely take an official visit. It will probably be either the weekend of December 6 or December 13," Theotis said.

Now Trey is awaiting the package from UCLA with the university application and numerous other documents that need to be filled out and returned. Brown is scheduled to graduate in May and chose UCLA over Kansas State, Oklahoma St., Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. He is fully qualified.

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