Jack: "It Felt Right to Me"

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Scout.com caught up with the UCLA soft verbal from Bellevue (Wash.), Myles Jack at the U.S. Army Bowl practices, where he talked official visits...

Myles Jack, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound, four-star linebacker from Bellevue (Wash.), is enjoying the opportunity to compete at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"It is a nice change of pace," Jack said. "It's fast out here. Everybody is good. Everybody is up to speed and you just got to set yourself apart.

"But overall my experience is great. I love playing with All-American, top-tier athletes. I am glad I made it this far and I am happy to be competing."

After racking up a plethora of offers, he made his early commitment to play at UCLA.

"The defensive mindset, the mentality, the 3-4 defense, the academics," Jack answered when asked why UCLA. "The campus is beautiful. There is a handful of things, but really it came down to where I am most comfortable at and it just felt right to me."

Listed as a "soft commit," Jack is still planning to take three official visits in addition to UCLA. All to Pac 12 schools.

"My official visits are ASU (Arizona State) on the 11th; UCLA on the 18th; Washington on the 25th and Oregon on February 2nd."

Why, if verbally committed to UCLA, does he want to officially visit other schools?

"Really, I committed so early in the process and schools kept recruiting me, so I felt, not like I owed them a visit but I wanted to see more of what they were talking about. More than just a junior day to really get a look at their campus."

Interestingly, Washington recently hired Marques Tuiasosopo, one of the coaches who recruited Jack to UCLA.

"It was kind of crazy when I first heard it," Jack admitted. "It made sense. He was the home-town here there, so it all makes sense to me. He told me when he did it. UCLA told me after he did it, so it's all cool

"He recruited me and he got me to UCLA, but when he left I had to think about it and (UCLA Head) Coach (Jim) Mora and I talked about it. And at the same time he is not my position coach, so I wouldn't be with him 24/7 like I would be with my position coach."

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