Raborn Picks the Bruins

Jun. 23 -- UCLA landed a commitment from the No. 2 punter in the 2016 class, Bailey Raborn, and finished off its special teams recruiting in June...

When Lafayette (La.) St. Thomas More punter Bailey Raborn camped at UCLA last week, he knew that was where he wanted to spend his college career.

All Raborn needed was an offer from the Bruins.

On Tuesday morning, that offer was extended to Raborn by UCLA special teams/linebackers coach Scott White and by the time the conversation was done, Raborn told White he was committing to the Bruins.

"I had visited four or five campuses this summer but UCLA was the one I knew I wanted to be at," said Raborn. "I was ready to get out of the South and the heat and head to the West Coast."

Raborn's performance at UCLA's Specialists Camp last week went a long way in putting him in position to get the offer.

"I kind of had an idea that they were going to offer me but when they did, I knew I was going to commit as soon as they offered," said Raborn. "My coach (Chris Sailer, the former Bruin punter), told me he thought an offer was going to come."

Raborn has grown up in Louisiana, but is ready to spend his college career in Southern California.

"The atmosphere at UCLA was what really stood out to me," said Raborn. "I really liked everything about UCLA."

With Raborn's commitment, the Bruins now have verbals from a punter, a kicker and a longsnapper.

And he met the other two specialists, kicker J.J. Molson and longsnapper Johnny Den Bleyker, last week at UCLA.

"I talked with them a little last week, but now that I'm committed, I'm sure I'll talk a lot more with them," said Raborn.

Raborn is the No. 2 punter in Sailer's 2016 rankings, the same spot occupied by Molson in the kicker rankings and a spot behind where Den Bleyker sits in Chris Rubio's longsnapper rankings.

"Bailey is a big time punting talent," said Sailer. "He has great leg and shows great potential. He punts for outstanding distance and does very well under pressure. He's also one of the most talented kickers in the nation. He's a fine young man with a great attitude and a big time prospect."

Raborn said he's excited to be a part of an incoming freshman class in 2016 that will include all three specialists.

"Yeah, that is pretty exciting to come in with those guys all at the same time and we have a chance to all play as freshmen," said Raborn.

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