Bunche Talks About Transferring to UCLA

The former Miami offensive lineman, Malcolm Bunche, talks about why he picked UCLA...

UCLA landed a valuable addition to their offense this past weekend when former Miami offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche announced he would be transferring UCLA.

After playing in 11 games in 2013 and started all 12 in 2012, Bunche, who's already graduated from Miami, will play this fall for the Bruins as a graduate transfer, making him immediately eligible.

With UCLA losing Xavier Su'a-Filo to the NFL, Bunche has a chance to start at either the left guard or left tackle spot, both roles that Su'a-Filo filled last season.

Bunche visited Texas Tech before visiting UCLA over the weekend, and the comfort level he felt with the Bruin coaches gave them the nod.

"I felt comfortable with the coaching staff and especially with the offensive line coach, Coach (Adrian) Klemm. And Coach (Jim) Mora is a great guy and he seems like a player's coach. It was a tough decision, both schools, UCLA and Texas Tech, are great. They both have great programs, great coaching staffs and great players. I made the decision based on where I feel like the best position to be in is and UCLA is going to be the best position for me," said Bunche.

Bunche said contact with UCLA was made not long after he got his release from Miami.

"When I got released, we got in contact," said Bunche. "I did my due diligence and my research and saw they did real well. They were 10-3 and obviously the spot with the guard/tackle spot opening, and that player (Su'a-Filo) going to the draft, he was coached well by Coach Klemm so I was excited by that opportunity."

Bunche made the visit to UCLA, and unlike the official visits he took as a high schooler, he was less inclined to see the sights and surroundings of Westwood.

"I had just come from another trip and I kind of got jet lag so I wanted to be alert so I didn't really go out," said Bunche. "I wanted to be able to see the campus, talk with the coaches and get a good feel for everything. This is a business decision for me. The wine and dine part, I enjoyed that in high school, but this time it's about finding the best place for me, focusing on getting to know the coaches and seeing if I fit well. I wanted to focus on talking with the coaches and getting to know them and getting to know the whole scheme. I spent a lot of time talking to Coach Klemm. That's what the importance of this recruiting trip was. It wasn't about going out and enjoying the night life. I know where ever I go, I'd have fun."

Malcolm Bunche.
Bunche said the welcome he received by the UCLA coaches was significant too.

"They were pretty excited upon my arrival," said Bunche. "A lot of the coaches were cool people and we all gelled pretty well together."

Bunche said that his versatility will be welcomed and that he's open to play either tackle or guard.

"Obviously I can play both spots, but whatever coach wants me to play, I'm going to do my homework, study the plays and be ready to contribute," said Bunche.

Coming from the ACC, the conference that produced the 2013 BCS National Champion in Florida State, Bunche still had plenty of respect for the Pac-12.

"My perception is the Pac-12 is a great conference," said Bunche. "With Oregon, USC and UCLA, those are great schools, great football programs and with great head coaches. I figure it will be a nice ride for me, playing in that conference. It's going to be fun."

Interestingly enough, when Bunche suits up this fall for the first time in a UCLA uniform, he'll be facing a familiar face in Virginia.

"Yeah, that's interesting but it won't be weird for me," said Bunche, who's originally from Delaware. "I played Virginia multiple times. It's actually going to be nice because it will be easier for my family that's all on the East Coast to come see me play. I'll be able to play in front of my family."

Bunche said having his decision out of the way is a relief and now he can prep for the spring quarter, when he'll arrive at UCLA, in time for spring practice.

"It's a big relief for me," said Bunche. "I'm ready and excited about the opportunity. It's a win-win situation for me."

Bunche received a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Miami and said he will begin attending graduate classes at UCLA upon his enrollment.


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Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOX Sports, 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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