"I committed to UCLA and told Coach (Adrian) Klemm I wanted to be a Bruin," said Whitley. "I did a lot of research on UCLA and watched a lot of Myles Jack this year. He's a great player and I can't wait to play with him and learn from him. Coach Klemm was really excited when I told him ,too. He has been recruiting me hard for a while now."
Whitley, the #6-ranked outside linebacker in the nation, visited UCLA officially in December, a surprise visitor to the Bruins and UCLA didn't give up in trying to recruit him.
Set to enroll at Alabama later this month, Whitley said he'll instead enroll at UCLA.
"I haven't decided when I'll enroll at UCLA yet," said Whitley. "I'm just really excited to be a Bruin. It was a tough decision for me and hard to tell Alabama I was going somewhere else. I called my recruiter at 'Bama and let him know and, although he was down, he still wished me good luck.
"The academics at UCLA were big for me, too. I did my research and UCLA has a great academic reputation. This is a huge release for me and I'm so relieved to have this decision out of the way. Now I can play in the game tomorrow and not have to worry about where I'm going to college." Whitley will be joining a familiar face in Westwood, too, Najee Toran, his teammate at North Shore who is enrolling early with the Bruins also.
Whitley is the fourth U.S. Army All-American that is committed to the Bruins.