UCLA -- Byron is one of several talented youngsters who will compete for playing time in the secondary, especially at cornerback.
2004 -- Did not see action in his first year in the program and has four seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Earned three letters in football for coach Raul Lara at Poly High School in Long Beach, CA ... Rated No. 50 nationally among cornerbacks by rivals.com ... Rated as the No. 79 prospect in California by SuperPrep ... First-team All-CIF Southern Section ... First-team All-CIF Southern Section Division I ... Los Angeles Times' All-Southeast / South Coast selection ... A three-star selection by rivals.com ... A two-star prospect by TheInsiders.com ... As a senior, he made 65 tackles and four interceptions while helping his team reach the CIF finals ... Credited with 21 pass deflections ... Also blocked three kicks and had four fumble recoveries ... As a junior, he made 58 tackles and had 18 pass deflections ... Led his team in interceptions as a junior and senior ... Did not allow a touchdown pass to be thrown on him in three varsity seasons.
PERSONAL -- Full Name: Byron L. Velega ... Born: March 19, 1986 in Los Angeles ... Parents: John and Maria Velega ... Has one brother, Brandon, and three sisters -- Sherina, Precious and Samantha ... Uncle, Toa Saipale, played football at UCLA from 1978-82 ... Distant cousin of NFL standout Junior Seau ... Biggest thrills in sports were playing against the nation's top-ranked team from De La Salle High School and playing on television at Kahuku High in Hawaii when he had two interceptions and was named Defensive Player of the Game ... Lists former NFL star Deion Sanders is the player after whom he patterns his style of play ... English is his favorite class.