Compton (Calif.) Dominquez cornerback Brandon Beaver was invited to represent the South in the Cal-State All-Star game this Friday in Fresno, Calif. Beaver is enjoying the extra practice before playing in the Army All-American game next month.
“This is helping me prepare for the Army game,” said Beaver. “It’s fun to come out here and compete with the top talent in California.”
Beaver travelled to Fresno for the Cal-State festivities on Sunday night, after spending Saturday at UCLA. Beaver was one of the 20 recruits invited to Westwood for a meet and greet with Coach Jim Mora and the new coaching staff.
“On Saturday I was at UCLA for an unofficial,” said Beaver. “I liked it, and had a chance to meet Coach Mora. It’s different but it’s probably worth a change.”
Beaver already has a close relationship with one of the Bruins new staff members, Coach Demetrice Martin, who was previously the defensive backs coach at Washington. In fact, the day before Martin’s move was made public, Martin was actually at Beaver’s house for an in-home visit.
“I was really close to committing to Washington and then I got a call the next morning after my in-home visit with Coach (Steve) Sarkisian and Coach Martin saying Martin was going to UCLA,” commented Beaver. “I was shocked at first, that really messed up my recruitment. Coach Martin was a big part of why I liked Washington. However, I am still interested in the Huskies and I want to see what they have to offer.”
One would guess that this move might make Beaver automatically put the Bruins at the top of his list, but instead Beaver says he is a little confused.
“It has made me a little more interested in UCLA, but coaches are going to come and go, so you can’t really choose a school off of a coach,” said Beaver.
At this stage, Beaver says, “The schools at the top of my list are Washington, Nebraska, Utah, UCLA, probably Arizona and Georgia. They are all pretty much standing out, I just don’t know which one I am going to choose yet.”
Beaver still has a couple official trips remaining. So far, Beaver has already taken trips to both Washington and Nebraska, and has arranged to take official visits to Utah on January 13th and Arizona on the January 20th.
After the New Year, Beaver says he hopes to find out if either school will be the right fit for him.
“I want to see what the schools are like first hand,” said Beaver. “I have never been to Utah or Arizona, so I want to see what its like out there and if I could see myself living out there for the next four or five years.”