UCLA is now up to double digits on the commitment front as they just received a commitment from Dylan Rush, a 6-4, 235 pound tight end from Kealakekua (Hawaii) Konawaena.
"They offered me yesterday and I just talked to Coach Dorrell a few minutes ago," Rush said. "He was very excited and that made it all the more better. Basically, it was always UCLA or Stanford for me. UCLA just offered yesterday and then I talked to Stanford earlier today to kind of gauge what they thought of me.
"It's funny because Stanford was kind of my top choice but I just got a weird vibe when I talked to them and UCLA just felt right to me. That's when I decided to go ahead and end the process now and commit to UCLA. I love the school a lot and there is a lot of pluses. Academically, it's a great school and I don't think it's that far off from Stanford. The chance to play in the Rose Bowl is going to be great and of all the schools I was looking at, top academic programs, I think UCLA gives me the best shot to compete for a national tile.
"I also have family in the area. A brother of mine lives in Indio and one of my best friends goes to Golden West JC (Calif.) and is planning to transfer to UCLA. Coach Babers recruited me and I like him a lot. He came to one of my practices and took film back of me catching the ball since we never threw last year. A lot of schools liked me more on defense but I really wanted to play tight end and that's where UCLA wanted me too so it was just a great fit."
Rush totaled 73 tackles, 23 for loss and had eight sacks last season but said he has always preferred offense. He's also an accomplished wrestler who is a two time All-American and state champion.
"That was the only downside to UCLA, they don't have a wrestling program and I wanted to do both sports in college," Rush said. "All the other schools said I could do both and I really have a passion for the sport but UCLA had too many other positives to go anywhere else."
Academically, the athlete is carrying a 3.7 GPA and scored a 1310 on the SAT. He'll be at the Nike Camp in Palo Alto (Calif.) this Saturday.