Alex Redmond will stay close to home

OL Alex Redmond

Los Alamitos (Calif.) offensive lineman Alex Redmond had a home visit with UCLA on Friday night and decided to stay close to home to play his college ball and committed to the Bruins.

Alex Redmond committed last summer to Oregon but de-committed from the Ducks about a month or so ago. Redmond said he didn't think he fit in with Oregon's spread offense and decided to open up his options.

One of the first schools to contact Redmond was UCLA. The Bruins were actually Redmonds early favorite in the spring but didn't offer. After the lineman visited Oregon and Washington, Redmond decided he wanted to leave the area and verballed to the Ducks.

Things have come full circle and the talented guard prospect will now sign with the Bruins.

"The mentality of how I am matched perfectly with what UCLA wants and needs," Redmond said. "They run some spread to but they're a physical team that wants to pound you. I really related well with Coach Klemm and Coach Mora on the home visit and I love the direction the program is going in.

"I've always liked UCLA but they never offered. Even when they set up the home visit, they didn't offer yet. I wasn't sure how interested they really were but they offered me tonight and my whole family was very excited. To have the opportunity to play in front of my friends and family is like a dream come true and I'm just thrilled to be a Bruin right now."

Redmond told Oregon OL Coach Steve Greatwood of his decision tonight and said it definitely wasn't an easy call to make.

"I really like Coach Greatwood a lot," Redmond said. "He's a great coach and a great guy. I could tell he was disappointed but he wished me well and I really respect him for that.

"I know UCLA is bringing in a big OL class but I'm ready to compete. I'm not afraid of anyone and I'm ready to go in there and battle for a spot. UCLA is a hot program and a lot of players want to go there so I'm thankful I have a spot. UCLA has shown they will play freshman and I'm going in with the mentality of trying to earn a starting spot.

"Coach Klemm said he doesn't want guys who are content with sitting the bench or redshirting. He wants guy who want to play so that's what I intend to try and do. Competition makes everyone better so I'll be ready to go when I get there in the fall."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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