Early Offer for Okun

The Newbury Park (Calif.) 2015 offensive lineman, Zach Okun, was offered by a Pac-12 school...

Newbury Park (Calif.) offensive lineman Zach Okun (6-4, 303), went to the UCLA camp last weekend just looking to learn a little more from the Bruin coaching staff, and get himself an early start on seeing what the recruiting process is like.

The 2015 prospect ended up finding out a couple of days later that the Bruins were verbally offering him, just days after his freshman year of high school had concluded.

"I went to the UCLA camp and it was tough, but it was fun," said Okun. "I talked with Coach (Adrian) Klemm and I really liked him and he seems like a really good coach and a nice guy. He told me that they wanted to offer me. I worked hard and it's really exciting to get my first offer. My family and I are really excited."

Okun has been going to UCLA games for years, so the offer was one he'd always hoped to get, but didn't think would come for a while.

"I didn't really expect an early offer but I've always liked UCLA," said Okun. "I really enjoy UCLA and I've lived here for a while and been to a bunch of games so that would be a cool school to go to."

With 32 months until he could sign a letter-of-intent, Okun is wisely just taking the offer in stride and ready for his own recruiting process, which is starting earlier than he had expected.

"I'm in no hurry at all, I just want to go through the process," said Okun.

Okun will be back at UCLA this Friday for the UCLA Elite Camp, and he's also planning a couple of other camps for the summer.

"Schools seem to be pretty interested in me, like Boston College and Oregon, so I'm going to more camps this summer," said Okun. "I know I'm going to Oregon and Boston College camps."

Okun played guard as a freshman for the Panthers, but said he'll move out this year. Where he plays in college is far too soon to determine.

"I don't really know what I'll play in college," said Okun. "I played guard last year and I'll play tackle this year. It doesn't really matter to me. I have some time."

Okun said the offer won't let him ease up, instead, it will motivate him.

"It will absolutely push me to be better," said Okun.

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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