Toran Flips to the Bruins

The Galena Park (Texas) North Shore offensive lineman, Najee Toran, committed to UCLA following his official visit...

Galena Park (Texas) North Shore offensive lineman Najee Toran knew he wanted to play in the Pac-12.

After committing to Oregon State in the summer, that looked like where he'd be for college.

But UCLA made a push once the season started, and after visiting Westwood over the weekend for an official visit, Toran will still be playing in the Pac-12 at the next level, it will just be with the Bruins.

"On my visit, I went back to my hotel and just thought about it and prayed on it and when it came down to it, UCLA was the best place for me," said Toran. "So I committed to Coach (Adrian) Klemm and UCLA."

Toran said his relationship with Klemm was a big factor in his decision.

"Coach Klemm played a lot in the NFL and he is real cool and the relationship got really good over the weekend," said Toran. "We built that relationship so fast and that helped me in making my decision."

Toran said UCLA offered him so much as a person.

"Everything that have to offer is big," said Toran. "The academics, the life outside of football, with internships and the alumni. That was a big thing for me. The fact that I'm a midyear guy too was big."

The opportunity to play early also wasn't lost on Toran.

"They play players young," said Toran. "I'd have a chance to come in and play and have a shot early. They want me to play guard there."

Fellow Texan Simon Goines was Toran's host and the fact he's one of three starters on the offensive line from the Lone Star State wasn't lost on Toran.

"Simon is a real cool guy, really down to earth," said Toran. "I talked a lot with Caleb Benenoch and Jake Brendel too."

Toran had a chance to spend some time with head coach Jim Mora too.

"Coach Mora is just a cool person and real up front and cool with everything," said Toran. "The UCLA coaches make you feel like you fit right in and like I was friends forever with them. They take you in and make you feel like you're home."

Toran let Oregon State coaches know of his decision before telling UCLA coaches he'd be coming to Westwood.

And now, once and for all, the recruiting process is complete for Toran.

"I'm done with the recruiting process for good," said Toran. "It takes it out of you. I'm really relieved."

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com 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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