UCLA and Oaks Christian football are closer than they appear

Carson Schwesinger was already on the path to a scholarship before he even stepped into a UCLA football practice.

“With Chip Kelly, we talked about him prior to coming here and I told him he was a scholarship player in the making,” said Charlie Collins, who coached Schwesinger at Oaks Christian School.

Schwesinger walked on at UCLA and, sure enough, the redshirt freshman linebacker earned a scholarship during the Bruins’ most recent fall camp. Counting him, four Oaks Christian graduates dot the current depth chart. Senior running back Zach Charbonnet and redshirt senior linebackers Bo Calvert and Shea Pitts are also products of the esteemed prep football program in Westlake Village.

It’s the high school that shows up the second-most on UCLA’s current roster behind powerhouse St. John Bosco because, for one, the culture at the prep program closely mirrors what is in Westwood.

“I think me and Chip are two brothers from another mother,” said Collins, the Oaks Christian head coach since 2018. “We kind of believe in the same principles, like relationship-building in the program. We have the same approach, we’re very like-minded, look at the development and look at players to play at their best by using all (their) tools.”

Recruiting conversations between UCLA and Oaks Christian revolve around character, Collins said, who first met Kelly when they were coaching in the NFL. The talks branch out into a passion for the game and something Collins calls “want-to-it-ive-ness,” a term that refers to a player’s ambition to reach his full potential.

Oaks Christian is ranked one of the top Christian schools in the state of California and has a 100% graduation rate, with 99% of students going on to study in college, according to educational website niche.com. That’s a good look for a student-athlete headed to an academically renowned school like UCLA.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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