Broomfield (Colo.) Legacy quarterback Matt Lynch has been a commit to UCLA since May, but when he took his official vist to Los Angeles earlier this month, it gave him his first chance to witness a game in the Rose Bowl.
"That was my first time experiencing a game at the Rose Bowl, and that was a good experience and it shows the Rose Bowl is a great place," said Lynch.
The Rose Bowl left a big impression on Lynch.
"The Rose Bowl, that was the thing that really jumped out to me," said Lynch. "It's a huge known stadium, and atmosphere it has around it, before, during and after the game, was incredible."
Lynch also spent ample time on campus and meeting with the coaches and his host, Mike Fafaul, on the visit, as well as quarterback Josh Rosen.
"We had a good two days there," said Lynch. "The campus was good and the players were good to me. Mike Fafaul was my host and I spent a lot of time with the Mazzone's on that Sunday. I sat down with Taylor Mazzone and we watched the game over again and they showed me how they grade quarterbacks."
Lynch got a chance to meet with head coach Jim Mora.
"I love Coach Mora," said Lynch. "Just the way he got the team fired up. That's something I really like. He really leads the Bruins."
With Rosen firmly implanted as the starter for UCLA, Lynch knows he's got a couple of years before the starting job is available again, but that's not a concern to him.
"I'll have time to learn a lot before I have to lead the team," said Lynch. "I love Josh and that's kind of what I'm looking for, not having to play right away, but being able to learn and grind and compete in case its my turn. I'm ready to compete but I'll support the starters and work hard to make my way on the depth chart. In practice and in games, guys get injured so you never know, at any point you could be called on and I'll be ready to go."
"I hung out a lot with Demetric and Krys but we were talking a lot with Theo Howard," said Lynch. "Who knows where he'll end up, but I'd love to be throwing to him so I told him that."
Lynch plans to graduate in December from Legacy and will be at UCLA in time for spring practice.
"I'll probably be enrolling in March for the spring quarter, but it could be sooner, it just depends on how many scholarships are open," said Lynch. "But I will be there for spring ball."
Lynch said he talks with most of the UCLA commits regularly but besides Howard, has another Bruin target in which he's communicating with.
"I'm recruiting Carlo Kemp, another Colorado boy like me," said Lynch. "And Theo. Those are the main two as of right now."
The daily banter with the other commits has him excited for his future teammates.
"We're on a group message with all the UCLA commits and that thing is getting texted 24/7," said Lynch. "There are a bunch of messages every day and we're building a relationship and building that brotherhood right now so it will be strong when we get there."