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Four-star LB Bo Calvert explains flip from USC to UCLA

Bo Calvert
Bo Calvert

Bo Calvert was a longtime commit to USC but he made it no secret throughout his recruitment that other visits were possible.

Through his senior season, the four-star linebacker from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian watched what was playing out through the Pac-12 and at some other schools and decided he would stick with the Trojans.

He visited Utah and liked it but never backed off his pledge.

That was until Calvert started to get more involved with UCLA after the Bruins fired coach Jim Mora and hired Chip Kelly.

On Monday night, the four-star flipped from USC to UCLA, one of the biggest switches in the West this region.

“That’s the biggest thing that stood out to me about coach Kelly,” Calvert said.

“He is an extremely smart man, and his staff is full of other very smart guys. The program is based on the combined knowledge of coaches that have been in the game for a very long time and their experience and expertise is going to be really great for UCLA.”

Something else that stood out about the Bruins was the defense they have planned. For Calvert, it seems to fit him perfectly and that drew him to UCLA - and to flip his long-standing commitment.

“They will be running a 3-4 scheme in which I would be playing an athletic outside linebacker that will be able to bump and cover a tight end, as well as rush off the edge and set the edge for run support,” Calvert said. “I think I will fit well in their scheme.”

Another bonus for UCLA could be Calvert’s brother, Josh, is a top 2019 prospect who currently holds offers from BYU, Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon State and Utah.