Bruins Land Mazza

The Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty longsnapper, Cole Mazza, committed to UCLA on Friday and he talks about why he chose the Bruins...

When it comes to specialists, few teams out West have placed a bigger emphasis on recruiting them then UCLA.

One of the first schools to ever offer a full-ride out of high school to a long snapper, the Bruins ended up getting Christian Yount, who snapped flawlessly for them for four years and is now in the NFL.

On Friday, the Bruins picked up another one of the best prep longsnappers in some time in Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty longsnapper Cole Mazza.

Mazza, the top-ranked snapper by Rubio Long Snapping, chose UCLA over offers from Utah and Washington State, and committed to the Bruins prior to the prestigious 10th Annual National Kicking and Snapping Spring Event in Las Vegas.

"It felt just right to me, the day I stepped on campus there," said Mazza.  "It's the place I want to spend the next few years."

Mazza was offered by UCLA in March, took an unofficial visit later in the spring, and then took in the Bruins' Spring Game last Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

"I told Coach (Jim) Mora and Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich after the spring game that I was committing, but I wanted to wait until I was here in Vegas with my friends and family to announce it, so they kept it on the down low," said Mazza.  "But they were both really excited and jumping up and down."

UCLA special teams coach Jeff Ulbrich played a big role in Mazza's decision.

"Coach Ulbrich is great and I really like him and look forward to playing for him," said Mazza.  "When I told him, he said he was excited and can't wait to have me down there."

And now Mazza can follow in the footsteps of Yount, one of his mentors and role models at the position, as well as Rubio.

"I know that UCLA is a great school to be a long snapper for and that was a big deal for me," said Mazza.

Mazza will enroll next summer, and expects to be snapping in the fall of 2013, with Kevin McDermott graduating after this season.

"All the pressure is off and I don't have to worry about everything with recruiting and I can have some fun," said Mazza.  "I'll be down there next fall (2013) ready to snap."

And Mazza wants to help build the class of 2013 at UCLA.

"I want to try and help this recruiting class and get Coach Mora and the program started, and get some good recruits in there and make it a great class," said Mazza.

His snapping coach Chris Rubio, has been raving about Mazza since the beginning of his sophomore year, having him as the top-ranked snapper in his class since then.

"I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times. Mazza is beyond the real deal," said Rubio.  "He snaps beyond hard and accurate. It is almost rare to even time him in a snap that hits the .7s. Almost all of his snaps are in the .6s and those that aren't are in the .5s.  It is almost shocking."

Mazza becomes the seventh verbal to the Bruins in the class of 2013.

Brandon is in his eighth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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