It is no secret that Zach Okun likes UCLA a lot so going to the Rose Bowl last weekend and seeing the Bruins beat USC was a special moment for the 2015 offensive lineman from Newbury Park, Calif.
The 6-foot-4, 303-pound prospect watched the game, talked with the coaches and continues to build his relationship with everyone there.
"It was really cool," Okun said. "There were a lot of people into it and they were really excited the whole game so it was fun.
"They got out 24-0 and it was USC so that was huge. After the first play I knew they were going to win because they were playing so intense. It was a really good experience down there."
The job first-year coach Jim Mora and his staff have done is well-documented but it seems everyone is surprised how fast the turnaround has happened with the Bruins.
Since Okun likes the program so much, it's a big boost in his recruitment but the 2015 standout said it's still too early to make any commitment.
"Jim Mora coached in the NFL so they know what they're doing," Okun said. "They're just a great coaching staff. I talked to coach (Adrian) Klemm and I was really enjoying that conversation.
"I want to hold off for a little while. I've always loved UCLA and they're definitely one of the top schools I'm interested in though."
UCLA has shown the most interest in Okun's recruitment through his sophomore season and he said Oregon continues to stay involved and that Washington has recently entered the picture as well.