UCLA lands elite DT

Just a few days ago while camping at Washington, Rialto (Calif.) Carter defensive lineman Kenneth Clark said he wasn't close to making a decision and wanted to take his official visits before committing anywhere. Fast forward to Monday and the lineman has decided to end the recruiting process.

"I just committed to UCLA," Clark said. "I know I said I wanted to go through the process but on my flight home from Seattle, I knew I wanted to stay close to home and the only two schools I was really looking at were UCLA and Washington. I loved it at Washington, that staff is incredible but the more I thought about it, I knew I wanted to stay close to home.

"It's not a knock on Seattle at all, but I just felt more comfortable living in Los Angeles for the next four years of my life and then after football as well. I want to live in Southern California after I'm done playing football and the alumni support is obviously much stronger for UCLA than Washington."

Clark said it wasn't just staying close to home that sealed the deal for the Bruins.

"I have a real good relationships with the UCLA coaches, they have been recruiting me for a long time," Clark said. "I really like Coach Martin and Coach Mora and I talk with Angus (McClure) a lot too. I called Coach Martin to tell him first and then he out Coach Mora on three-way.

"Coach Mora was riding his bike and said he had to pull over because he was so excited. I really had a good time at the UCLA Camp and it just felt like home to me. Players always talk about writing about pros and cons and weight who has the best this or that but at the end of the day, it always comes down to where you're most comfortable and for me, that was definitely UCLA. I think we'll have a strong class coming in and I'm excited to be a part of it."

Clark was planning to take official visits to Miami and Nebraska but said he'll likely only visit UCLA at this time.

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Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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