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February 21, 2013Four-star safety Nick Glass is still committed to Georgia, but after his weekend in Los Angeles a few days ago, he has a lot of thinking to do.
The Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge athlete scoped out Hollywood and Beverly Hills, spoke with UCLA coaches, caught a hoops game inside Pauley Pavilion and made friends with Bruin players Justin Combs and Kenny Orjioke.
He also saw how he would fit in with the Bruins on the gridiron, and when they showed him their recruiting board, his eyebrows were raised even further.
"I was the No. 1 prospect they wanted regardless of all positions," Glass said of UCLA. "They really want guys out of the South because they play real, hard-nosed football."
Glass, who was in Los Angeles from Friday through Sunday earlier this month for the Bruins pseudo-Junior Day, liked what he saw and heard on the trip so much that he's already made plans for return trips in the spring and summer.
He also said an official visit to Westwood is now looking "probable."
"I mean, I like the whole coaching staff, especially coach (Jim) Mora and coach (Demetrice) Martin," Glass said. "But coach Mora, he's the head coach but he's also the safeties coach, so that really shows a lot and he puts a lot of guys in the league and he coached a lot of guys in the league. He knows what it takes to get there."
The four-star safety also considers himself to have a big-city personality, and after touring Los Angeles, that became another huge pull for the West Coast.
"Just being around the city of Hollywood," Glass said when asked what his favorite part of the UCLA trip was. "Just being around the whole city of L.A. Just everything about it."
The visit moved UCLA firmly into his top five, although Glass said he doesn't have an official cut-down list yet. He did mention schools in contention for those final five spots were UCLA, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss.
For now, though, the Bruins remain on the forefront of his mind after the key unofficial visit.
"They had great academics," Glass said. "They're worried about academics first - they'll get you through it. A degree from there is great. They also said I could make an immediate impact because they're thin on safeties.
"I just liked everything about the UCLA visit."