Bruins Land Juco Defensive Tackle

Compton (Calif.) College defensive tackle Branden Warner gave UCLA's defensive line depth a much-needed boost when he committed to the Bruins on Tuesday night...

Compton (Calif.) College defensive tackle Branden Warner received a verbal offer earlier this week from UCLA.

On Tuesday night, Warner called the Bruin coaching staff to accept the offer.

"I just verbally committed to UCLA," said Warner. "I talked to the head coach, Coach Rick Neuheisel and the defensive coordinator, Coach DeWayne Walker and told them I was committing. They were really happy."

Warner had just recently heard from the Bruins, Washington State, Florida and LSU being the schools he had heard the most from.

And the Georgia native had enjoyed his time in Southern California enough that he wanted to stay out here.

"I talked to my mom and she was really happy for me that I'll get to keep playing," said Warner.

Warner said the offer from UCLA was a verbal offer, coming on Monday, and he'll be heading up to Westwood on Thursday.

"I'm supposed to go up there on Thursday and I'm going up to talk with the coaches and taking my transcripts. I think they'll officially offering me then."

Warner first got in contact with defensive line coach Todd Howard on Sunday, Howard calling the 6-1, 280-pounder.

"Coach Howard was who called me but Coach Walker had been the one who came to a couple of my games," said Warner.

Warner said he would be graduating in December with his A.A. and would be able to come in January, and be able to participate in Spring Practice.

"I graduated in 2006 so I have two years to play my two seasons," said Warner.

Next weekend, Warner will take a scheduled official visit to Washington State. His plans to visit UCLA are tentatively set for mid-December.

Out of high school, Louisville and Southern Miss had offered Warner, who had a high enough GPA but didn't achieve the necessary test scores as a senior.


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