Mike Orloff had been committed to Iowa since July but after taking a late visit to UCLA last weekend the Danvers (Mass.) Lawrence Academy inside linebacker decided that the Bruins offered him the best fit in all areas.
On Monday, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect switched his commitment.
"I went out there and it just seemed like the best fit for me with the combination of athletics and academics," Orloff said.
"It gave me the best chance to be successful on and off the field. I built a good relationship with the coaching staff and all the players and the campus is obviously unbelievable so I felt it was the best fit for me."
The three-star prospect was not hesitant to commit to UCLA despite the Bruins not having a defensive coordinator yet.
Orloff said he talked with coach Rick Neuheisel and linebackers coach Clark Lea about the developments with hiring a coordinator and the Massachusetts standout is confident that someone could get the job soon. Orloff was also given assurances that the Bruins will run a 4-3 scheme.
"I asked (Neuheisel) about that and I talked to the linebackers coach a little bit and they said everyone they interviewed is a 4-3 guy and they'll be running the same base defense," Orloff said.
"The only difference would be some of the packages. I know I'll be coming into a 4-3 system and they said they should have that wrapped up shortly so I'll know what it will look like."
Rivals.com rates Orloff as the seventh-best prospect in the Massachusetts state rankings. Orloff had knee surgery on Dec. 23 but he should be ready to go by the time he gets to UCLA. A redshirt season will be discussed if it's needed but Orloff said he'll think about that at a later time.