Cooks commits to UCLA 

June, 11, 2010
Only a few days ago Brandin Cooks (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln) had Washington as his leader and was planning to camp with the Huskies later this month. That all changed on Wednesday night when he decided to stay in-state and commit to UCLA.

"I actually called up coach [Rick] Neuheisel Wednesday and ended the recruiting process. I was planning to take some visits and go through the process a little longer but the more I thought about it, I decided to follow my dream and commit to UCLA," said Cooks. "I haven't said this much publicly but UCLA has always been my dream school and growing up, that's where I wanted to go. They didn't offer me right away and I wasn't sure if they were going to, but even though they hadn't offered yet, they were still recruiting me pretty hard and telling me how much they liked me."

Cooks is a talented two-way player, but will play receiver for the Bruins. As a junior, he caught 46 balls for 783 yards and 10 touchdowns and earned WR MVP honors at the Nike Camp at Stanford in May. He chose UCLA over offers from Boise State, Oregon State, Arizona, Washington State, Utah, Washington and Nevada.

"I liked Washington a lot and they were recruiting me harder than anyone, but I just like the idea of playing closer to home so my family can see me play. I won't be camping with anyone else this summer other than UCLA and I'm very excited to be a Bruin," said Cooks. "Like I said, this is a dream come true for me and I'm also excited to be the first player to commit for the Class of 2011 and ready to start recruiting some other players to join me."