Michigan Safety Commits to UCLA

Earnest Thomas

The UCLA Bruins have been directing a great deal of recruiting attention toward the Midwest this recruiting season, and tonight those efforts paid off with a commitment. Rick Neuheisel corralled one of the top 20 players in the state of Michigan Wednesday in Orchard Lake (Mich) St. Mary's safety Earnest Thomas.

Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's safety Earnest Thomas had accumulated 16 offers and had been fielding strong interest from a number others programs, but decided Wednesday evening to cut his recruitment short by making a PAC 10 pledge.

"I committed to UCLA," Thomas said in a text to Scout.com moments ago.

Despite the distance from home, the 6'2" 190 lb. is extremely comfortable with southern California.  The three-star prospect sited his familiarity with area thanks to his father having coached there and the family members that still call it home.

Scout.com will have more on this breaking news in the hours to come.

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