UCLA Gets Commitment from Long Snapper

Mar. 6 -- He's Johnny Den Bleyker, and he's the #2-ranked longsnapper in the nation for 2016...

Hayward (Calif.) Moreau Catholic longsnapper Johnny Den Bleyker didn't need a lot of time to think about his offer from UCLA.

The Bruins offered him on Friday and Den Bleyker jumped on it immediately.

"UCLA offered me today and I committed to them," said Den Bleyker. "Coach Angus (McClure) had talked to me and he talked to Coach (Jim) Mora and he said they were offering me so I jumped on it. We had been talking for a while. I knew it was a matter of time. My goal was to get an offer in the the offseason of my junior year. Now I can focus on next season."

Den Bleyker said staying in-state was a big reason for picking the Bruins. "Proximity to home was big for me," said Den Bleyker. "I wanted my family to be able to see me play and be close to home."

Den Bleyker is ranked as the No. 2 longsnapper in the 2016 class by Rubio Long Snapping, and No. 1 in California.

"Without Rubio, I wouldn't be where I am today," said Den Bleyker. "He helped my brother get to Washington State and now he helped make be a better longsnapper and go to UCLA. I'm where I'm at because of him."

The Bruins were the first offer for Den Bleyker, but other schools had been talking to him, yet he knew all along where he wanted to go.

"There is a chance for me to come in right away (in the fall of 2016) and snap since they graduate their snapper after this season," said Den Bleyker.

Den Bleyker said his family was thrilled with the decision.

"My mom was in tears after I got off the phone," said Den Bleyker. "They're all happy for me."

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