Ian Taubler had a short list of schools that topped his list from the get-go – California, Stanford, UCLA, and USC – all from the Golden State and all from the Pac-12 conference. Despite being a Midwest Kid, growing up a Michigan and Michigan State fan, Taubler is a California kid by nature after moving to the Pacific Coast in grade school. And his college decision clearly magnifies that mantra.
"I called [head] Coach [Rick] Neuheisel, I told him I'm ready to be a Bruin," said Taubler. "I'm part of the UCLA family. I loved all the coaches there. I can see myself out there."
The decision came down to the Bruins and USC after the Trojans gave Scout.com's No. 33 rated tight end a verbal offer Thursday. "If I wanted the offer, I had to call and commit," Taubler said about USC. "It's an honor but I don't think that's where I needed to be. I called USC [today] and told them I committed to UCLA."
The Bruins offered Taubler after his standout performance at the Stanford NFTC in mid-May. With the Golden Bears, Cardinal, and Trojans not offering earlier, the Bruins clearly started moving atop Taubler's list.
"I mean UCLA was always in my top three, and the more I went down they become my number one," he added.
Taubler's commitment marks the second commit from a Central California this week for UCLA. Bakersfield (Calif.) Ridgeview cornerback Shannon Edwards committed to the Bruins on Wednesday. Both prospects camped at UCLA last weekend, and will compete at the Passing Down Best of the West 7-on-7 tournament next month in Clovis.