Hours after preseason All-State DB Adarius Pickett of El Cerrito chose UCLA, 6-foot-1, 165-pound defensive back Denzel Fisher of Compton Centennial also chose the Bruins.
Fisher (@DenzelFish) Tweeted the news earlier this evening: “Just committed to Ucla !! Lets gooooo #Bruinnation”
Fisher is the latest in a long line of SoCal and NorCal players whose recruitment completely blew up after attending a Nike Football Training Camp, ran by our partners at Student Sports for the past 17 years. Fisher attended the SoCal NFTC at Redondo Union in the spring and earned MVP honors among DBs.
Not well-known around the state before that event, other defensive backs vouched for Fisher’s ability before the start of one-on-one repetitions. When those were completed, there were no dissenters. Fisher, with solid technique and long arms and a body that will fill out, proved to be a big-time talent.
Fishers’ high school team hasn’t enjoyed much success over the years, but they’ve made strides under coach Russell Shaw and Fisher hopes to put up big numbers on both sides of the ball as a senior. Shaw was a starting receiver on Michigan’s 1997 national title team and a former standout at Locke of Los Angeles and Inglewood.
Fisher told Cal-Hi Sports at the NFTC that UCLA was his early college favorite. On Tuesday night, he turned his favorite into his destination in 2014.