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Morrell Presley already enrolled at UCLA and waiting for spring

December 18, 2008 | 12:26 pm

Morrell Presley Morrell Presley, the Carson High tight end who surprisingly switched his commitment from USC to UCLA this week, wasted no time enrolling at Westwood and should be ready for spring practice, a source close to the program said Thursday.

Presley's unexpected decision reversed a trend in which the Bruins lost commitments in recent years and lent credence to Coach Rick Neuheisel's insistence that he and his staff would score a few upsets between the end of the season and national signing day.

The 6-4, 215-pound Presley also represents some good news in the wake of a 4-8 finish, the Bruins losing in the cross-town rivalry game for the ninth time in the last 10 years.

Presley graduated high school early, allowing for his timely start at UCLA. ranks him as the third-best tight end prospect in the nation. Watch the video of Presley on Varsity Times Insider.

-- Chris Foster

Photo: Morrell Presley, who first committed to USC. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times