This is my first fanpost so not really sure if i'm doing this right, but 6 foot 2 230 pound DE Damion Turpin from Compton Dominguez has committed to UCLA according to ESPN. Other offers include Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington and Washington state.
According to the ESPN article (this part is not behind the firewall of espn insider)
"I’m a Bruin," Turpin said. "I basically committed for a lot of the same reasons Lacy did. I wanted to stay close to home and UCLA is such a great academic school. There were some other schools I liked too but UCLA was recruiting me harder than anyone and it really seemed like they wanted me more than the other schools.
"I was supposed to visit Washington last weekend but they canceled the visit so I ended up going to the UCLA- Arizona State game. I guess it was a blessing in disguise because I was really impressed with the team and I’m seeing a lot of improvement there. I’ve always liked the local schools, UCLA and USC so the opportunity to play in front of my family was a huge plus."
Sounds like a good sign, welcome to UCLA!
UPDATE (N): Here are some highlights on Turpin:
#14 #15 DAMION TURPIN DOMINGUEZ 2012 (via DHSVarsityFootball)
You can also check out some more over here. I believe he becomes commitment number 16 for the class of 2011. With Turpin's commitment this week and 4 star OL Lacy Westbrook's commitment last week, it appears that UCLA is building a nice pipe line to Compton. We also have to give Rick Neuheisel a lot of credit for tirelessly recruiting on behalf of the blue and gold despite the turmoil around our program.
These commitments also underscore the point how kids like Turpin (and Westbrook) are committing to the four letters rather than just a coaching staff. It's not a coincidence why we keep hearing the importance of academics when these kids commit to UCLA. Welcome aboard Damion. GO BRUINS.