Jan. 13, 2004
UCLA junior cornerback Matt Ware has decided to forego his senior year of eligibility and enter the 2004 NFL Draft.
"After reflecting upon this decision for a long time, and discussing it with my family, I have decided to take the next step to the NFL," Ware said. "This decision is based primarily on my belief that I am ready to play in the NFL and information I have received supporting that belief. I have enjoyed my time at UCLA and wish my teammates and coaches good luck in 2004. I will always be a member of the Bruin family."
Ware, one of the top cornerbacks in college football, made 34 tackles and two interceptions this season. He was at his best against Washington, when he held All-America wide receiver Reggie Williams to just two receptions for 25 yards in the second half.
"Matt has had a fine career at UCLA," said head coach Karl Dorrell. "We were hopeful he would choose to play his senior year, but he and his family have made an informed decision and we support it. We certainly wish Matt the best of luck at the next level."