Sean Dowling could not make it to the UCLA-Nebraska game this past weekend and as a Bruins' commitment the Fallbrook, Calif., offensive lineman was definitely upset.
Not in the outcome since UCLA upset the Huskers in Los Angeles but because he wanted to be a part of it.
"I was so mad I wasn't there," Dowling said. "That was such a good game.
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"It's a totally different team. They're not passive, they're not soft and they get after it every snap. Everything I've seen in coach (Jim) Mora is reflected in the team. Coach Mora is a hard-hitting, hard-nosed type of guy who has a great work ethic and it looks like that on the field."
Dowling, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound three-star prospect, will take an official visit to Oklahoma in October but his commitment to UCLA is strong and the victory against Nebraska solidified it even more.
Dowling's father is serving overseas but he was home on leave this past weekend and the two got a chance to watch the UCLA victory together.
"I never really had any doubts about my commitment," Dowling said. "I knew coach Mora would change the program around but I didn't know if it would be this year or next year. I know the UCLA Bruins are up to some pretty great things and beating Nebraska is great things.
"Being a Bruin, watching my future team ball out on television, I've never had that experience before, because I've never been committed to a school and watched them have an amazing game on TV. It's once in a lifetime and I'm definitely going to be a part of that many, many times."
The trip to Oklahoma is set for the weekend of Oct. 19 when Kansas visits. Dowling has many other offers but he doesn't believe he'll take any other official trips.
"Right now it's only Oklahoma," Dowling said.
"I really want to see how that visit goes. If I feel like I need to take more visits, but I don't think I will, I will take one. If I don't then I think I'll be set. My family is pretty happy with UCLA right now also. My dad was home and he got to watch the game with me on TV and he was really happy."