Orjioke Heading Back Home

The Marrieta (Ga.) Lassiter linebacker Kenny Orjioke will head back home to Southern California, where he just moved from during summer, to play his college football...

Marrieta (Ga.) Lassiter linebacker Kenny Orjioke left Southern California during the summer.

"Five and a half months ago to be exact," said Orjioke.

But now, the three-star linebacker will get to head back to the Southland.

After getting an offer from UCLA on Sunday night, Orjioke didn't need to take much time to think about where he wanted to play.

So on Monday evening, Orjioke called the new Bruin coaches and let them know of his decision.

"I called up Coach (Adrian) Klemm and Coach (Jim) Mora and told them I was a Bruin," said Orjioke. "Coach Mora was ecstatic. And Coach Klemm, he was the one who reached out to me and offered. All the coaches talked with me and everything worked out great and I'm excited."

Orjioke said the academic prestige was appealing for UCLA.

"They have one of the the best academic progam's in the country and it's the most applied to university in the nation," said Orjioke. "Plus UCLA has a gorgeous campus and a new coach that comes from the NFL in Coach Mora. They got a commitment from a four-star in Marcus Rios, and he's going to help out the defense and Coach Mora is a defensive guy. I think I can have a chance to compete and play."

The allure of returning close to his Southern California home also impacted his decision.

"I grew up in Southern California and I still have a lot of friends out there," said Orjioke. "I knew when I was offered that was where I would end up, so there was no reason to prolong it."

The 6-4, 217-pound Orjioke said UCLA likes him as a free safety but that he could add the weight to be an outside linebacker.

"I'm getting a lot bigger, and am working with my coach to better my footwork and better my break, so when I get to UCLA, the transition will be easier," said Orjioke. "I'm going to put a lot of work in to playing safety and if I can grow into an outside linebacker, I'll be ready to play that."

Orjioke said in talking with Mora and defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin, they prefer him in the secondary.

"Coach Mora and Coach Martin, said with my size and speed back there, I'll fit in good there," said Orjioke. "That's my position preference."

Orjioke is looking to rekindle some matchups with his former Trinity League rivals, from when he played at JSerra Catholic in San Juan Capistrano.

"I'm really excited about playing against Bryce Treggs again," said Orjioke.

Orjioke said he's happy to have the decision be made.

"It feels really good, and I'm really confident in my decision," said Orjioke. "I've always liked UCLA so this is kind of a dream for me. And I'm happy the stress of recruiting is done."

Orjioke is planning to take an official visit to UCLA next month.

"I'm going out for my official on January 13th," said Orjioke.

And he'll be joined by a familiar face.

"My quarterback Eddie Printz (a 2013 prospect), was offered by UCLA last night and he will take an unofficial out there that same weekend," said Orjioke.

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