Marvray Excited About UCLA Future

Corona (Calif.) Centennial receiver Ricky Marvray talked about his visit and his future in Westwood, as well as his memorable senior season with the Huskies...

Corona (Calif.) Centennial receiver Ricky Marvray (6-0, 190), has had a dream senior year.

At the beginning of it, his dream school, UCLA offered him a scholarship, which he accepted immediately. In December, he helped the Huskies to the CIF-SS Inland Division title and then a week later, the CIF State D-I Championship, avenging a stinging loss from a year before to De La Salle.

The busy fall has led to a relatively calm winter, but Marvray got to enjoy himself on his official visit to UCLA, which he took two weekends ago.

"I had already committed there because I loved the school," said Marvray. "But just going on the trip made me want to commit again. I've seen some of the nicest things I've ever seen on my life at UCLA. Everything was just top notch. There wasn't one thing that wasn't the best."

Marvray was hosted by a former prep rival, Anthony Dye, who played at Corona Santiago.

"I had known him prior to the visit, back when he was in high school at Santiago, but he was real cool," said Marvray. "I met a bunch of dudes too, like Steve Sloan, Rahim Moore, a bunch of them."

Marvray attended several UCLA home games during the season, and got to know most of the commits, and being on the visit with them was one of the highlights.

"All the recruits, we're close as heck," said Marvray. "And we had a lot of people commit on that trip, it was really cool. I'm real close to pretty much all of the commits. We talked on the bus, we chatted up a little bit. We already know each other so that was cool."

Marvray admitted the charmed past four months have been almost hard to believe, and he has to remind himself of it.

"Yeah, it's still a little too good to be true, everything that has happened. I won't believe it until I step foot on the campus."

Marvray said another highlight was a visit to the Rose Bowl, a place he's been to numerous times before, but never when a game wasn't going on.

"I've already thought about playing on that field, wondering when I'll get a chance to play on it. You really get to see how big it is, how wide it is. It was quite an experience. With people in it, it's cool, but when it's empty, it's something else," said Marvray.

Marvray said his relationship with receivers coach Reggie Moore continues to percolate, with Wayne Moses being his primary recruiter.

"It's like 95% of the time, I talk to Coach Moses. He calls me when it's time for him to call me. He's real cool," said Marvray. "Coach Moore, we've really established a good relationship and I'm looking forward to playing for him."

And his relationship with head coach Rick Neuheisel continues to blossom.

"What sticks out to me with Coach Neuheisel is his attitude," said Marvray. "He's a really active guy, he's not a slow guy. He walks with energy and I'm sure he coaches with energy too."

Marvray has won 28 games with Centennial the past two seasons, with only two losses, and the Huskies went unbeaten in 2008. He's hoping the winning he's done in high school will continue.

"I'm going to take my winning attitude and just transfer it over. We hit a bumpy road as a program, but we as a team, we can all bring something to win. I don't even know what losing is like. I don't care if I lose by a half a point or ten points. I can't accept losing."

Marvray was said to see his senior season come to an end, even though it ended with a state title.

"It's really hard to turn your back on it and get ready for the next level. You're always ready to go and then it ends. But it's been a memorable season. I did some things I never did. I wanted to keep on going," said Marvray. "But I'm ready for the next level and can't wait to get started at UCLA."

Marvray is also an accomplished student, valuing the education at UCLA he'll receive.

"It's really comforting to know that I'm going to a school that has strong academics," said Marvray. "No matter what I want to be, I can be the best at it. It's going to be a little harder than high school, but I'm up for it. Football is fun but it's going to end sometime. So I need to have a great, quality education. I've already got it planned in my mind, I want to be an orthopedic surgeon. I look at what Myron Rolle did, and that is so awesome. He's going overseas on a scholarship and I hope to do that some day."

Marvray's family is thrilled he'll be staying close to home, and playing at UCLA, while getting his degree from there.

"My dad, he's ecstatic, my whole family is ecstatic," said Marvray. "Before UCLA came in, it was Northwestern where everyone wanted me to go. But it's in Chicago. So they're so happy that I'm so close. They're already making arrangements of what they're going to do when they come to my games. It's really exciting."


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