Lagace Flips to Bruins

The Arcadia (Calif.) safety will stay close to home to play his college football, decommitting from one Pac-12 school to play for a local one...

Arcadia (Calif.) safety Taylor Lagace had made his college choice back in June, deciding to play in the Pac-12, at Washington.

But when new UCLA head coach Jim Mora hired former Washington cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin to coach the Bruin secondary, Lagace's primary recruiter for the Huskies was now that much closer to him.

Lagace was at UCLA on Saturday for the new staff's recruiting get-together, but left without an offer.

On Sunday evening, an offer from Martin and UCLA came.

By Monday evening, a verbal from Lagace was given to UCLA.

"I have committed to UCLA," said Lagace.

Almost from the time Martin was hired by Mora, Lagace started having discussions with his parents.

"I talked it over with my family this whole past week and we think it's the best place for me to go," said Lagace. "We prayed hard this week on the matter and it resulted in me becoming a Bruin next year."

Martin's arrival in Westwood allowed for the offer to come and Lagace said his presence in the Southland played a major role.

"Coach Meat left for UCLA and I feel he will make me work to be the best player I can possibly be," said Lagace.

Plus the allure of playing close to home is there.

"UCLA is a great school and it's home for me," said Lagace. "I'm pumped to play there under Coach Mora next season."

Lagace, who also plays receiver, said his offer is for defense.

"I'm going to play safety," said Lagace.

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