UCLA held the slight advantage in Cameron Smith's recruitment even when the Bruins had not offered.
Now that the 2015 linebacker from Granite Bay, Calif., has that offer in his pocket, it's definitely a big deal as his recruitment heats up.
UCLA assistant coach Angus McClure and others have been involved with Smith, who helped lead Granite Bay to a state championship and racked up more than 200 tackles in his sophomore season.
"It's a complete honor to get an offer this early in the game by such an elite team," Smith said. "I feel so blessed that my dream is actually coming true and it's a great feeling."
UCLA was the second offer for the 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect after he landed San Diego State recently as well.
The Aztecs were one of many teams to stop by Granite Bay recently and although Smith said he's not well-versed in the program yet he's definitely going to find out whether it would be a good fit.
"I was a little surprised," Smith said of the SDSU offer. "They stopped by the school and told me to call them. I called and they offered.
"I haven't really done too much research on them yet. I've been looking into them a little bit but it's still a little early to do that stuff."
Cal, Arizona, Washington and Stanford are four others showing interest in Smith, who had 3.5 sacks as a sophomore. All those Pac-12 teams told the 2015 prospect they'd like to see him at summer camp and Smith is working out those plans.
A trip to Washington is expected and he's leaning toward camping at Stanford as well. Smith said he wants to take this summer to camp at Pac-12 schools and then next summer leading into his senior year to venture out a little further.
"They want more evaluation at summer camp," Smith said. "I have a few dates set already for camps I'm going to try to attend and hopefully that will stir a little more action."