OL Capella Still Solid To UCLA

Visalia (Calif.) El Diamante offensive lineman Greg Capella has been getting attention from several schools, but he's stayed strong in spurning others to stick with UCLA. He talks about his official visit and being a part of the Bruin program...

One of UCLA's most underrated, yet possibly most important recruits in the class of 2009 is Visalia (Calif.) El Diamante offensive lineman Greg Capella.

The 6-5, 308-pound Capella committed to the Bruins back in July and despite plenty of attention, and some offers, from other Pac-10 schools, has remained solid in his commitment to UCLA.

Capella put together an excellent senior season, earning all-SoCal honors, all-Valley honors and being invited to the Offense-Defense All-American Game.

Last weekend, Capella visited UCLA officially, and left just as solid as before.

"It was really, really fun there," said Capella. "I'm not going to take anymore visits because I'm set on UCLA."

Capella was hosted by a quarterback, Nick Crissman, but said he didn't think it was strange to be hosted by a quarterback and not an offensive lineman.

"Nick was my host. He's a cool guy. Yeah, it was a little weird at first, but I get along good with quarterbacks," said Capella.

Capella also spent time with several of the committed players, and got to meet a few for the first time.

"I got to talk to all the recruits like Richard (Brehaut), Todd (Golper), Ricky (Marvray), and I met a lot of the players and O-Linemen. It was my first time meeting Ricky and Sheldon (Price), and they all seemed really nice. It seemed like we all clicked," said Capella.

Capella also met Nik Abele for the first time, like Capella, an offensive lineman.

"Nik is a good guy and we're looking forward to playing together on the line in college," said Capella.

Capella met with the UCLA coaches, specifically Bob Palcic, and got a good idea where they want to utilize him.

"I got a chance to talk to all three coaches (Rick Neuheisel, Tim Hauck and Palcic) and it was pretty good," said Capella. "Right now, it looks like they want me to play guard. There is a chance I could play as a freshman, but as of right now, I have no idea."

Capella had been to UCLA previously, for an unofficial visit, but the official visit enabled him to see more of the school, while also getting more of a chance to build relationships with the other players.

"Really, it was only my second time there, I had been down there for an unofficial visit. But being there made me want to start the season now. And being with all the guys, it felt like we all of a sudden were a family."

Capella was a key cog in El Diamante's season, helping them to the CIF-Central Section finals and paving the way for a 300+ yard a game rushing offense. He was named the most valuable lineman in his league in 2008.

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