Wysocki Wants to be in Westwood

Los Alamitos (Calif.) offensive lineman Ben Wysocki commits to UCLA on Monday, the Bruins' third verbal along the offensive line and fifth commit in the class of 2011...

Los Alamitos (Calif.) offensive tackle Ben Wysocki (6-4, 280), got his first contact from a college from UCLA last fall.

A week into the summer, Wysocki contacted UCLA with some good news.

"I called up Coach (Rick) Neuheisel today and the first thing he said to me was ‘what will it take to get you on board," said Wysocki. "I told him ‘Coach, I'm actually calling to tell you that I want a seat on board' and I committed to UCLA."

Wysocki camped at UCLA twice last month, earning an offer from the Bruins after the first 1-Day Camp. Working with Bob Palcic, the Bruins' offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Norm Chow, Wysocki felt the place for him was UCLA.

"It seemed to be the perfect fit," said Wysocki. "I went into the recruiting process not having a favorite school at all. And I had some great choices in Stanford, Oregon State and UCLA. But I saw myself fitting in there at UCLA. I looked at everything about the school. Coach Chow talked to Coach (John) Barnes and he said that they've rebuilt that O-Line and D-Line, and was urging me to commit soon. Really, it came down to Stanford and UCLA, and I thought it was key to have family support close by. I did at first want to get away, but towards the end, it was really important to have my family around."

Wysocki is thrilled about being close to home.

"It will be a fun experience to go to UCLA because it's a great place," said Wysocki. "My dad and I talked about the beginning of the recruiting process, when I didn't have any offers and I said I would love to go to UCLA or USC, but it would be awesome to get an offer from UCLA. It's a school my whole family liked. My dad reminded me that UCLA was the first school to contact me and they were excited about me."

Wysocki could play any of the line positions, and with two tackles already committed, the inside could be where he ends up in college.

"They told me guard or tackle but with the two tackles, that might bump me to guard," said Wysocki. "I could play center too. USC was recruiting me as a center. So I could play any of the positions. As long as I'm on the offensive line, I don't care which spot it is."

Wysocki worked with Palcic at the two camps and he said that was enjoyable.

"That was really cool, to get in on two camps and see how he is as a coach," said Wysocki. "He really thoroughly wants to coach you up and try to correct you to make you better."

Wysocki said he wants to gain at least 10 more pounds before enrolling at UCLA.

"I want to get to 290 or so, put on the muscle, and get into really good shape," said Wysocki. "When the season is done, I'll start working again with my personal trainer."

With his decision made, Wysocki said his focus can be on Los Alamitos.

"Even though I've gone through the recruiting process, I'm really happy I made that early choice because now I can bring my focus down to the Griffins, and get the Sunset League title," said Wysocki.

Academically, Wysocki has a 3.67 GPA.

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