By Kyle Bonagura
Monte Vista High quarterback Brett Nottingham has ended his recruitment.Just hours after receiving an offer to play at UCLA on Tuesday, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound rising senior phoned UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel to let him know he was ready to accept.
“I talked about it with my parents for a couple hours and talked to some of my uncles and my grandmother before deciding,” he said. “I called coach Neuheisel to tell him and he was really excited. He told me he sees a lot of success down the road.”
Nottingham was at UCLA for a two-day camp where he threw in front of the UCLA coaches and participated in a white-board session with Neuheisel and offensive coordinator Norm Chow. In a phone conversation after the workout, Neuheisel offered the scholarship.
“I was always leaning toward UCLA,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of family go there and it’s such a well rounded university. When they came around (with the offer) there was no way I could say no.”
His oldest sister Megan, 23, just graduated from UCLA and other sister Ali, 21, will be a senior there in the Fall.
As a junior, Nottingham threw for 3,164 yards and 39 touchdowns while leading the area’s top-ranked offense.
Nottingham, who carries a 4.0 gpa and plans to major in economics, also seriously considered Colorado and Stanford.
By committing to UCLA, Nottingham became the second quarterback in the East Bay Athletic League to committ to a Pac-10 school in the past week, joining Foothill’s Sean Mannion, who will be headed to Oregon State.
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