Three-star quarterback Matt Lynch was offered by UCLA and committed to the Bruins within the span of a few minutes on his unofficial visit Wednesday, and from what he told us afterward, that was the plan all along.
"My parents and I, we talked about it beforehand," Lynch said. "I came into the visit with an idea that I'd commit when I got offered. Then, just getting out to UCLA, seeing the campus, it's perfect -- the weather, the coaching staff, the opportunities to play in the Pac-12, which I've always wanted. I just felt like it was overall a good decision. I also wanted to get the whole recruiting process over with, so it just made sense."
Lynch, a Colorado native who had never been to Los Angeles, said he was blown away by how nice the UCLA campus was. Coaches Taylor and Noel Mazzone showed him around campus, but when it came time to extend the offer, they put him on the phone with another coach.
"Coach Mora was actually up at the Pac-12 meeting, so I was sitting in the team room with Coach (Taylor) Mazzone, and Mora called him," Lynch said. "So I sat down on the phone with Coach Mora, talked to him, and that's when he said that they were going to offer me."
Despite his plans coming into the visit, Lynch said that he took a few minutes to let things sink in.
"I waited a little while," Lynch said. "Afterward, Coach Mazzone and I were just going through watching highlight film of me and also Brett Hundley and just going over, watching football and just talking football, and he kind of brought it up, whether I wanted to commit, and I was like 'I'm in. I want to be a Bruin. I'm ready to go. Let's get this done.'"
Much of the talk with UCLA's 2016 quarterback recruiting centered around finding a quarterback who wasn't going to affected by Josh Rosen's presence a year ahead of him. In Lynch, UCLA found that guy.
"Well the way I look at it, no matter who's there, I'm going to compete," Lynch said. "Whether it's Josh Rosen or the other two scholarship quarterbacks they have there. But the chance to be able to learn from Josh Rosen, if I could redshirt a year, which I want to do, get a year behind him, that's a good opportunity. He'll be a couple of years ahead of me, which will still give me time to play and do my thing. But to be able to compete with a quarterback like that and learn from a quarterback like that would be a good experience."
Lynch will start that learning process as early as possible, as he has plans to enroll early and be in school in January. He said he's excited to get started, based on what the coaches have told him.
"They feel like I'll have a lot of success at UCLA," Lynch said. "They know that I'll compete no matter what the condition is. They feel like I'll be a good fit for their 2016 quarterback."
As for a return trip to L.A., Lynch has nothing set in stone (aside from an official visit in the fall), but said he's going to try to make it back in June.
"I'm going to try to come back for the quarterback camp in June," Lynch said. "I'm going to do the Oregon Elite 11 in June, so we'll see how things fit."
Lynch Commits to UCLA
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