Hofmeister Set for UCLA Future

Riverside (Calif.) City College linebacker Ryan Hofmeister signed with UCLA on Wednesday and he talks about his future with the Bruins...

Riverside (Calif.) C.C. linebacker Ryan Hofmeister had a big Wednesday.

The lifelong UCLA fan signed a National Letter of Intent with the Bruins, and in just a couple of months, he'll begin his time in Westwood.

Hofmeister spent just a semester at R.C.C., heading there out of Vista Murrieta, where his lone offer was one from Navy.

Kansas State and Colorado offered him , yet took a backseat to UCLA.

"Coach (Tom) Craft's told me about them and Coach (Daron) Chiaverinni played for Coach (Rick) Neuheisel at Colorado," said Hofmeister. "That was the school I always wanted to go to."

Hofmeister was offered by UCLA early in November, and took the Bruins up on the offer almost instantly.

"I went up there to just meet the coaches and they offered me," said Hofmeister. "I thought I was just going to check out the school. But I committed."

A full qualifier out of high school, Hofmeister will be enrolling in April.

"I'm ready to transfer right now because I was a full qualifier," said Hofmeister. "I'll be able to play during spring practice. They're recruiting me to play weakside linebacker and special teams."

Hofmeister put together an all-conference season in 2010, with 127 tackles and 10 tackles for loss and he also recorded three pass breakups, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. As a senior, he had 126 tackles and nine sacks and helped Vista Murrieta to the CIF-SS Inland Division finals.

Neuheisel had this to say about Hofmeister in a statement: "Ryan is a versatile athlete who can help us in several area. He can play linebacker but can also play safety, giving us flexibility for different alignments. In addition, he is an outstanding special teams performer."

Hofmeister attended the UCLA-USC game last month.


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