Gavin Ketchum, 6-4, 190, Oak Park (Calif.) High, verbally committed to UCLA Sunday.
"I committed to UCLA," Ketchum said. "I looked at all the other schools and decided UCLA was the best fit for me."
Ketchum had an offer from Oregon, and was also hearing from California, Utah, Washington State and Fresno State.
Ketchum was cleared for admittance by the UCLA academic committee on Friday. Sunday UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell called Ketchum to offer him a scholarship, and the wide receiver/safety committed on the spot.
Ketchum wasn't sure which side of the ball he'd play on his college. "I like catching touchdowns, but I like hitting on defense."
Ketchum said that Dorrell also was unsure where Ketchum would play.
So far this season, he's caught 35 passes for 600 yards and nine touchdowns. On defense, Ketchum looks big and quick, with a good pursuit to the ball. He could also end up a linebacker if he added 20-30 pounds.
Aaron Ware, the running back/defensive back who is committed to UCLA, is a close friend of Ketchum's, and he said it did in fact influence his decision. "It's definitely a plus having a good friend like Aaron to go there with."