It was a long time coming and certainly expected, but finally the Bruins were able to secure the verbal commitment from one of Southern California's best offensive line prospects, albeit somewhat unheralded. The Bruins land a good one here.
UCLA landed the services of three-star offensive lineman, Wade Yandall (6-4, 290, 5.4) from Carson, Calif., and the good news is he will be available to participate in spring ball.
"I picked UCLA because the opportunities that you get there, even after football," Yandall said. "The education that you get at UCLA is just outstanding and I just feel that's where I needed to be."
"Me being a Christian," Yandall said. "I had to pray about it and made my decision based not only on myself, but on God, so he helped me make my decision to choose UCLA.
The Bruins get a player in Yandall, who has outstanding versatility as he has played every position along the offensive front.
"I want to play anywhere, but the Bruins like me at left tackle," Yandall said. "Since Xavier Su'a-Filo left, we're looking to replace that spot so…"
One of the things that were most noticeable at camps with Yandall was the way he could bend his knees. He has played volleyball, but that is only partially the reason, he is known as a knee bender.
"When I was playing volleyball our coach taught us to and told us to play low," Yandall said. "You have to bend your knees in volleyball.
"I was also doing yoga and I'm about to start up again," Yandall said. "I did yoga for about two months and that's what helped me. I think that's why I have never had any trouble with pulling muscles or anything."
There is another serendipitous reason that will benefit UCLA by landing Yandall.
"I will be an early grad," Yandall said. "I will be starting school in March."
This is huge for the young man and he will get right in the mix for playing time next fall.
The Bruins won the services of Yandall over Arizona and Arizona State.