Homefield Edge Nets UCLA Pomee

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde tight end Junior Pomee commits to the Bruins, giving UCLA its fourth known commit in the class of 2011 and their first four-star in this class...

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde's Junior Pomee paid back UCLA's loyalty on Thursday in a big way, by becoming the Bruins fourth known verbal in the class of 2011.

"UCLA was the first school to offer me, and they've been by my side the whole time, all the time," said Pomee. "Me and my dad were talking about it and I just felt I wanted to get it over with and go with the school who's been there the whole time."

So Pomee called his recruiter, Wayne Moses, and told him he wanted to commit to the Bruins.

"Coach Moses was all excited," said Pomee. "He said he was really happy for me. I hadn't had a chance to talk to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel yet because he wasn't in, but he was recruiting me pretty hard."

The 6-3, 228-pounder has a slew of offers, from Oregon State, Idaho, Washington, Florida, Nevada and Arizona. In fact, the Wildcats, where two of his former RV teammates are, nearly got him last month.

But the proximity to home played a big role.

"I wanted to be by my family and if my dad needed me, I was just a quick drive away," said Pomee.

Pomee can play either tight end or receiver, and said he'll be used as an F-Back in the Bruins' offense.

"They want me to be a flex back tight end in their offense," said Pomee. "I can block but I'm going to be catching a lot of passes."

Pomee starred at the UCLA camp last Sunday, easily the top performer there, and he said he felt comfortable with the Bruin coaches that day.

"That was a fun camp and I did pretty good, even though I was tired (from a 7on7 tournament the day before)," said Pomee. "Coach Neuheisel just kept saying how much he wanted me."

Pomee said he plans to visit Westwood again this month and spend some time with offensive coordinator Norm Chow.

As for his recruitment being done, Pomee said he was glad to end the process.

"I'm really relieved," said Pomee. "I wanted to get it over with and not worry about it."


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