Wooching Eager to Get to Westwood

The Kailua Kona (Hawaii) Kealakehe athlete Psalm Wooching, one of UCLA's first commits, is greatly anticipating playing for the Bruins...

UCLA commit Psalm Wooching (6-3, 205) is a three star linebacker out of Kealakehe High in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. With a name that means sacred song, Wooching tries to live through the name he carries on and off the field.

"My parents chose to name me Psalm because we are a very religious family," said Psalm Wooching. "We go to church every single Sunday. It was one of the most unique names. My sister's name is Hero."

Because of his Christian background, Wooching plans to begin looking for a church at UCLA when he is closer to moving to the continental U.S.

Wooching has taken a few visits to UCLA and says it feels like home.

"I was born and raised in Hawaii, but UCLA feels just like it," said Wooching. "UCLA feels like an extended family and, being far from home, it is good to have something like that. UCLA is everything I thought my dream college would be like."

Wooching committed to UCLA just a day after fellow Hawaiian Steven Lakalaka.

"I know Steven," said Wooching. "He is one of my good friends. Other than him, I only know the coaches right now. I have only really talked with the head coach and Coach Inoke."

With much deliberation about the position he would play in college, Wooching said UCLA told him he would be either a running back or an outside linebacker. No matter what position he plays, Wooching said he can promise UCLA fans one thing.

"I am going to try my best to get UCLA back to its glory days as all the other players will do too," said Wooching.

Wooching says he is ready to play at UCLA, his home away from home. Now, he just has to find a church.


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