Marvray's Dream Comes True

Corona (Calif.) Centennial receiver Ricky Marvray got the news he was waiting for, an offer from UCLA, and it didn't take him long to take the Bruins up on the offer, committing on the spot...

Corona (Calif.) Centennial receiver Ricky Marvray (6-0, 190), had said for months that if UCLA offered, he would commit before the sentence was finished.

Marvray didn't entirely live up to the latter but did to the former.

"Coach Rick Neuheisel called me and offered me and I committed," said Marvray. "But I let him finish the sentence."

Marvray made no bones about his desire to play for the Bruins, but even he was floored once the offer was made to him.

"Coach Neuheisel said that after seeing me at the game (on Monday) and studying my film for a while, he decided that I was a player they wanted to have. I was just really excited. I didn't even expect it to happen when he called."

Marvray had an idea that Neuheisel would be calling him, having heard from the head coach himself on Monday night. But he didn't think an offer would be in the conversation.

"He told me on Monday he would be giving me a call later in the week but he didn't say why. I thought he was just going to check in and see how things were going. But then he offered and I said yes right away," said Marvray.

For Marvray, the chance to go to his dream school was too much to pass up.

"I don't even know how to describe it. I can't even explain it. It's like a dream come true. I'm still shocked. Growing up, UCLA has always been my dream school. How many kids get to say they get to go to their dream school?"

Impacting Marvray the most was that it was Neuheisel that called and made the offer.

"To have him do it means a lot to me," said Marvray. "At first, it was a little discouraging that I didn't get the offer from them, but it made me work that much harder. And now it's a relief, but it makes me want to work even harder. I've set the bar really high now. I just have to work hard. But it does feel nice to belong to someone."

Marvray said his family was thrilled.

"My mom was really happy for me and said congratulations but my dad was just ecstatic. I can live out my dream and it's huge and a blessing to be able to play close to home," said Marvray.

Marvray had carved out a strong friendship with Bruin commit Richard Brehaut and said he had already contacted him to let him know they'd be joining up in college.

"I'm texting him already," said Marvray.

Marvray will kick off his season on September 12th against Chaparral of Temecula and the Huskies scrimmage Covina South Hills this weekend.

Last fall, Marvray had 33 receptions for 753 yards and nine touchdowns en route to helping the Huskies to the CIF-SS Inland Division title and a runner-up berth in the CIF State D-I Championship Game.

Academically, Marvray has a 3.5 GPA.

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