UCLA Commit Johnny Den Bleyker Recaps Official Visit

Jan. 26 -- Johnny Den Bleyker visited UCLA officially this weekend and loved the trip...

Long snapper Johnny Den Bleyker took his official visit to UCLA this past weekend, and he was pretty pumped about it afterward.

"That was just an awesome experience overall," Den Bleyker said. "I'm just so excited to get down there."

Den Bleyker was hosted by his fellow true freshman specialist J.J. Molson, who enrolled in school just a few weeks ago.

"He did a really good job showing me around," Den Bleyker said. "He's already running the place at two and a half weeks in."

The highlight for Den Bleyker was just spending time with his future teammates and some of the other guys on the visit.

"I really enjoyed just getting to know some of the guys who were there, or who came early," Den Bleyker said. "Getting to know Dymond Lee, and Jake Burton. That was just a really great experience."

He spent a good deal of time with Lee, and despite UCLA taking another quarterback in this class in Devon Modster, Den Bleyker got the vibe that Lee is going to remain with UCLA.

"I spent the most time with Dymond," Den Bleyker said. "I have a feeling he's going to stick with UCLA. He's really level-headed. He knows all about the value of UCLA and what the education can do. He's pretty smart and just a genuine person. I think he's going to stick around."

One of the major uncommitted prospects on the visit was Wisconsin commit Garrett Rand, who has basically gone underground since the visit.

"He was actually my roommate at the All-American game, so we had a pretty good connection before this," Den Bleyker said. "I think he had a really good time. He's got to make his decision eventually, and I have a really good feeling that he would hopefully come with us."

This class is a rare one for UCLA, with the Bruins bringing in three scholarship specialists in Molson (kicker), Den Bleyker (long snapper), and Austin Kent (punter). Den Bleyker has a lofty goal for them.

"I think it's awesome that we're all in the same class," Den Bleyker said. "We get a lot of time to build that bond, and hopefully we can get three All-American specialists going. That'd be really great to have."

Den Bleyker, who will be enrolling in June, also talked with plenty of coaches on the visit.

"I hung out with one of the grad assistants, Angus McClure, Scott White," Den Bleyker said. "I pretty much talked to all the coaches there. Everyone was so nice and so genuine, it was a really great experience. They do special teams by committee, but I think for the most part it's going to be Scott White as the special teams coach."


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