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.
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"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.