Ude: "UCLA is Exactly What I'm Looking For"

Russell Ude, the defensive end from Georgia, has schools from around the country pursuing him, but he has a soft spot for UCLA, even though the Bruins haven't offered him...

There are the big-three states in recruiting with California, Florida and Texas continually sending the most prep athletes on to play college football.

Creeping up behind those three is the state of Georgia, which continues to pump out top-notch players at a ridiculous rate with prospects like the Westminster School's defensive end Russell Ude out of Atlanta.

Ude's recruitment has been a whirlwind that has landed him 34 offers from the likes of Oregon, Georgia, and Wisconsin, among others as he gears up for a busy spring

"Things are going really well with the recruitment," Ude says. "It's been a little stressful lately with a lot of ups and downs, but I'm hanging in there and trying to enjoy it."

Georgia DE prospect Russell Ude
One school that is yet to offer could be on the verge of extended one that Ude views as highly coveted.

"UCLA is the one that I think is getting really close," the 3-star prospect says. "Coach McClure came out to see me last week and Coach Ulbrich is supposed to stop by next week. I think they're getting close to offering."

Should that offer be extended by the Bruins, it may very well vault them to the top of his pecking order.

"UCLA is exactly what I'm looking for in a school," Ude says. "The academics, the location, the coaches, and everything about it are just what I'm looking for. It's definitely a possibility that they'll be my top school if they offer."

Always on the hunt for versatile athletes that can do multiple things on the field, UCLA has spoken extensively to Ude about their plans for him.

"They said they want to use me as a hybrid type of guy like a Cassius Marsh or a Kenny Orjioke and I think that suits me very well."

Should that offer come, the Bruins will certainly make the next cut for Ude.

"I'm planning on cutting down to a final list of schools at the end of this month or June 1st," he says. "Then I'll be visiting some schools and plan on making my decision in July. I'm heading out to Cal and am going to go to the Stanford camp while I'm there. If UCLA offers, I'll head down there and probably do the USC camp too."

Even with a July commitment pending, official visits to other schools are a strong possibility.

"I know I'll be taking a visit to Oregon and maybe Boston College," Ude says of the Pac-12 powerhouse and ACC school that's recruiting him hardest. "Cal is a good possibility too, but we'll have to see which schools have offered me when I cut down my list."

The distance from Georgia to Los Angeles won't deter Ude should he decide to come West and that should work in the Bruins' favor.

'My family is supportive of me wherever I go," he says. "Even if it's far away they know I'll be well taken care of."

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