Checking In With Brett Nottingham

With UCLA-committed quarterback Brett Nottingham doing so well in his senior season, we talked to the Danville Monte Vista product to get his take on his season, and to see if he's still fully committed to UCLA...

Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista quarterback Brett Nottingham, UCLA's committed quarterback, has gotten off to a great start in 2009.

Despite MV dropping their last two games, both fourth-quarter heartbreakers, Nottingham and his team will have a chance to right the ship this weekend on a nationally televised game.

"We have (Pleasanton) Foothill, and it's a big time game on ESPNU," said Nottingham. "My teammates and I have never played a nationally televised game, so it's exciting. But we have to remind ourselves it's just one of 10 games. I've talked to Sean (Mannion, Foothill's quarterback) and we are both excited to have that opportunity. We were a little surprised but it will be fun."

Nottingham and MV jumped out to a 4-0 start, but dropped consecutive games when they had second-half leads, to De La Salle and Amador Valley, dropping them to 0-2 in EBAL play.

"We had some injuries coming off the DLS game and we had a great opportunity to win last week but Amador played real well. When we needed plays, we didn't come up," said Nottingham.

But Nottingham has been solid this year, going 118-for-162 for 1,867 yards (averaging 311 yards per game) with 20 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He had a 392-yard, five-touchdown performance against Heritage.

"I think with our offensive system and play calling, I thought we would be able to run the ball and throw the ball successfully, but I didn't know if we'd have the same kind of success this year without Zach Ertz (now at Stanford). But we've been surprised with how well it's worked," said Nottingham.

Looking ahead to his future, Nottingham said he's solidly in the Bruin camp.

"I've had a couple schools try and reach out, but I'm still completely solid to UCLA," said Nottingham. I talk with the coaches pretty frequently. I talk with Coach (Norm) Chow most often and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel weekly. I communicate mainly with them. I went to the season opener and really liked that and then I went over to the Stanford game."

Nottingham said he was thrilled with the newest commits to UCLA.

"I know they got a couple of big recruits in Malcolm Jones and Chris Ward, and I'm looking forward to meeting them. I was hanging out with Tony Jefferson at the first game and he's a great guy. I haven't met too many other guys, but I'm excited to go down there (on his visit) and start working on some other guys," said Nottingham. "I'm working on Kenny Stills mainly. I'm trying to remind him of the chemistry we had at the 7on7 tournament in Vegas. I thought we had good timing down in Vegas and we could have a lot of fun there."

For a while, Nottingham was the lone offensive commit to the Bruins, but with Ward and Jones on board, he's getting company.

"It's really exciting getting those two guys," said Nottingham. "I had no doubt UCLA would get some solid recruits in the end. We picked up two pretty darn good players. We got a great lineman and great running back. I hope we can keep things going."

Nottingham said he's not sure when the official visit to Westwood will be.

"I've talked to Coach Chow and he said he's going to set me up on an official visit and get me down there so I can help recruit. Anything I can do to help the coaching staff, I'll do. I just want to have fun and help recruit other guys," said Nottingham.

Nottingham said making his decision when he did, before the summer, has made his senior year more enjoyable.

"I think it's a lot less stressful to decide early. I know some recruits like to wait it out. But when you're comfortable, and you get to focus on where you want to go, it's a lot less stuff to worry about. So now I can get out there and have some fun," said Nottingham.

Nottingham and Monte Vista's game against Foothill will be on ESPNU at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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