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UCLA high on list for 2015 recruit

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Zach Okun is only a few games into his sophomore season but the Newbury Park, Calif., offensive tackle is talking like his college decision could be close.
It might happen, it might not, but the 6-foot-4, 303-pound recruit is talking highly of UCLA and the Bruins have to be considered the clear frontrunner in his recruitment.
UCLA has already offered and it's still incredibly early but Okun is talking like someone who might be thinking about a pledge.
"They're a great young team and they have a lot of talent," Okun said. "They're so young and they're already winning games and they broke the top 20. They're on the up-and-up right now and I love that.
"I don't know. I'm definitely considering (committing) more now. I love it. I don't know. It's going to take a lot of thinking but I'm not quite sure yet."
Okun missed UCLA's victory against Houston this past weekend but he was at the Rose Bowl two weeks ago when the Bruins upset Nebraska.
The 2015 prospect said it was great to see the UCLA faithful revitalized after such a strong start, a ranking in the top 20 and a team that looks much different than the one in recent years.
"The atmosphere was great that day," Okun said.
"It was awesome seeing all the fans there and I love what they're doing there. I'm actually in love with the program right now."
The new UCLA coaching staff is playing a big part for Okun, who said he's hearing some more from Arizona. Oregon, Boston College and San Diego State have been in touch as well.
Okun camped at UCLA this past summer and got a feel for the new coaches and how they plan to run the program. It's something the sophomore enjoyed and now he has some thinking to do.
"The coaching staff is huge," Okun said. "They've accomplished so much and I feel like it's a great program."
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