JC Lineman Commits to UCLA

Tyler (Texas) College offensive lineman Ryan Taylor became the latest JC prospect to verbal to Bruins, doing so on his official visit to Westwood...

Tyler (Texas) College offensive lineman Ryan Taylor (6-3, 295), made his first visit to California a memorable one.

The second-year JC player took an official visit to UCLA over the weekend, and after he was offered a scholarship by the Bruin staff a week ago, he took them up on it on the trip.

"It really doesn't get much better than UCLA," said Taylor. "This place is unbelievable. It's ridiculous how nice it is down there. I had offers from some other schools but the coaching staff here is by far the best in the country."

Taylor was hosted by Nick Ekbatani, himself a JC transfer, and tight end Logan Paulsen, and also got to meet with the Bruin coaching staff.

"Coach (Frank) Gansz and my coach from Tyler knew each other so that's how I got hooked up with UCLA. I met Coach (Bob) Palcic and also talked with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel," said Taylor. "Coach Neuheisel is a one-of-a-kind kind of guy. He's a genuine guy and he's been all over the country coaching. I just hear nothing but good things about him."

Taylor, a 2007 high school graduate, started at right guard and center for Tyler this fall, and the Bruin staff sees him playing inside at UCLA.

"They want me to come and play center," said Taylor.

Aside from the Bruins, Taylor had offers from Kansas State, UAB, Tulsa and TCU, but the offer from the Bruins last week weighed heavily with him.

He said, "I didn't come on the trip expecting to commit, I was just going to come with an open mind. But then I was like, heck, if I like it I'll commit. So I did and like I said, it doesn't get much better than UCLA."

Taylor became the fourth JC prospect to commit to the Bruins, and the third on the offensive line.

Taylor was set to go to Tulsa out of high school, but didn't qualify academically, and opted for the JC route. He graduates this month and has two years to play his final two seasons.

"I was supposed to walk on Friday but since I came here, I didn't get to," said Taylor. "My first day at UCLA will be on March 30th and I'll get to do spring ball."

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