Aaron Ware, 5-11, 190, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, verbally committed to UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell on Saturday during Junior Day, and he said it was an exciting day for him.
“I had known I wanted to do it for a couple of weeks,” Ware said. “I had decided on UCLA, and I thought Junior Day was a great time to do it.”
Ware, the son of two very devout Bruin alumni and the younger brother of Matt Ware, the UCLA cornerback who will forego his senior season for the NFL draft, said it was his “fate” to go to UCLA. He said: “It’s already in my bloodlines. It’s just fate. It’s such a good feeling to be there. I love Coach Dorrell, and the staff he has under him are all amazing people. I’ve always really have been a Bruin, and now, to officially be one, well, it’s a great feeling. There is no way I could pass it up.”
He had made a decision he wanted to commit to UCLA a couple of weeks ago, and Ware said his family was, to say the least, very positive about it. He said when he told his parents, Bernie and Julie, they were elated. “They were so excited. All they could say for a long time was, ‘Another Bruin. We have another Bruin.’”
Then, Ware said he broke the news to Matt. “He went wild. He kept yelling, ‘Yeah, baby. That’s how it’s supposed to be!’ You know, he just kept yelling and acting crazy. He’s crazy.”
Making the commitment on Junior Day for Ware he said was the best timing he could imagine. “My parents would be there. I knew I could get some one-on-one time with Coach Dorrell. So, it was a great chance to do it face-to-face. And with all the other recruits there, it just was the perfect time. During the scrimmage I knew I was going to commit and I was pretty excited and anxious about it. I told Coach Dorrell’s assistant that I needed some time with him one-on-one. So, after the scrimmage, my parents and I went up to Coach Dorrell’s office. I sat in the exact same place where my brother sat when he made his commitment years before. It was a great feeling.”
Ware had also been offered by Duke, while also getting some serious attention from Oregon, Stanford, Northwestern, Boston College, Penn State, Arizona and Arizona State.
What’s on the agenda now for the running back/defensive back? “I’m going to be doing some recruiting,” Ware said. “One of my best friends is Gavin Ketchum from Oak Park. So I’m recruiting him. He was offered the day before Junior Day, and he was pretty excited. It would be a beautiful thing for him to be at UCLA with me. And then there were a bunch of other guys I saw at Junior Day who I’m going to recruit to be Bruins.”
Ware still isn’t certain what position he’ll play in college, either running back or defensive back. In fact, at Junior Day he was sitting with Ketchum, who is a 6-4, 190-pounder that is also torn between offense and defense (wide receiver and defensive back), when the recruits were told to break off to the position coaches. “Gavin and I sat there for a few minutes trying to decide where to go,” Ware said. “Our parents had to come up to us and tell us to go with the offense because we couldn’t decide.”
Overall it was a great day for Aaron Ware. “It couldn’t have been better,” he said. “For me and my parents it was my destiny that I would be a Bruin. And that destiny came true Saturday.”