One of UCLA's biggest advocates is commit Sean Dowling and the Fallbrook, Calif., three-star offensive tackle was at the Rose Bowl Saturday to see the Bruins take down cross-town rival USC.
For Dowling, it was a special moment.
"I've never really been a USC fan so it was pretty special to finally see them fall and the change over to be made in the city of L.A.," Dowling said.
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound prospect has been committed to UCLA since April and has not wavered on his pledge even though other visits have happened.
Dowling has already been to Oklahoma and Washington State and trips are being planned for Vanderbilt and Oregon State but it might be near impossible to sway the three-star away from the Bruins.
Ever since UCLA started to recruit Dowling it had emerged as a favorite and that was only more solidified after the Bruins defeated USC last weekend.
"When I committed I knew coach (Jim) Mora spent a lot of time coaching some really good teams in the NFL and I knew he was a game-changer for that program," Dowling said.
"I could tell just by watching them practice and watching the week-to-week transition of the team and I felt like it was a good place for me."
Dowling had a chance to meet almost all the other offensive line commits this past weekend as they forge a bond in this recruiting class.
The three-star prospect said it doesn't matter how many linemen UCLA takes in this class because he wants to play for the Bruins so that won't influence his decision.
"I haven't gotten to meet Christian Morris yet but I talked to all the other o-line guys," Dowling said. "All the commits except for (Erik) Bunte were there."
Rivals.com rates Dowling as the No. 43 offensive tackle in the 2013 class and No. 54 in the California state rankings.