4-star DE Breland Brandt Excited for Bruin Future

Dec. 14 -- Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward defensive end Breland Brandt visited UCLA officially this weekend and starts school there next month...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward defensive end Breland Brandt took his official visit to UCLA over the weekend, 14 months after he first gave the Bruins his commitment.

The next time Brandt is on campus, it will be next month as a UCLA student.

At no point has Brandt wavered in his commitment, the longest-standing verbal of anyone in the 2016 class.

But the visit just once again reminded Brandt why he picked the Bruins in the first place.

"The visit really just solidified my commitment," said Brandt.  "I spent a lot of time with the coaches and the UCLA family, just getting to know the guys. And it really solidified my commitment. The visit was just the icing on the cake for me."

Brandt was hosted by his friend, Jason Baker, a walk-on from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola.

But it's another former Loyola player that the Bruin coaches envision Brandt playing.

"They are having me come in to play outside linebacker and play the Anthony Barr role," said Brandt.

Brandt was originally recruited by Jeff Ulbrich, in fact, committing to Ulbrich, but Scott White has also been a major part of his recruitment and the two spent a lot of time together this weekend.

"Coach White, I talk to him all the time," said Brandt.  "I love him.  He's  a great guy.  He really tries to get to know us and know who we are.  We talk about a lot of stuff outside of football.  But then when we talk football, he shows us so many aspects of it.  He'll show us the diagram of a play then we'll go over it on video.  It was cool to be able to get that dynamic of it."

Brandt will enroll next month as soon as he returns from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  While in San Antonio, he plans to resume recruiting Devin Asiasi, who he spent much of the weekend working on.

"We spent most of our time with Devin and Boss (Tagaloa), talking to them about why I committed," said Brandt.  "Hopefully we can get those too."

Brandt said the Bruin coaches are expecting him to be ready to play when he steps on campus.

"Considering we have a few guys leaving, if I go in there and work hard, there is a good chance I can play," said Brandt.  "I think with Lokeni (Toailoa) and myself, we have a lot of guys coming in at a pretty opportune time, so if we work and do the best we can on the field, we could play."

Brandt is 6-4, 224, and said that the coaches just want him to be well-conditioned when he gets there.

"Obviously, the speed of the game changes drastically and the game moves fast, so I want to come in shape.  They'll put the weight on me when I get there, they're not worried about that," said Brandt.

For the first time since he can remember, the longtime basketball player is skipping the hardwood.

"It's super weird not having basketball, but it's kind of nice," said Brandt.  "I can focus on football and hone my skills while making sure I'm making progress and getting ready for college."


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