Alex Akingbulu committed to UCLA in the fall, but finally got the chance to take his official visit this past weekend, and enjoyed what he saw.
"Pretty much everything," Akingbulu said, when asked what the highlight of the trip was. "It just confirmed what I already believed in, the all-around aspects of the school in terms of education, sports, the family aspect, great coaches, great teammates. It's a great environment to live in."
Akingbulu was hosted by a pair of offensive linemen who made him feel right at home.
"Conor McDermott and Josh Wariboko hosted me," Akingbulu said. "It was really fun. I could relate to them in so many ways. As soon as I got there I felt like I was part of the family. They really looked out for me and I can't wait to be part of that family."
The three-star offensive tackle also spent some time with his future position coach.
"I talked to Coach Klemm most of the time," Akingbulu said. "I feel like we have a really good relationship. We can talk about other stuff. We talk about rap and all that. It was just a fun experience. He thinks he's kind of funny. It's just a great relationship to have with a coach."
Akingbulu was there with a number of committed prospects as well as a few uncommitted ones, and he felt good about UCLA's chances with the uncommitted guys (Brandon Burton, Adewale Omotosho, and Brandon Stephens).
"We all were there together most of the time," Akingbulu said. "It was just fun the whole time. I feel like we had fun, so I was pushing them toward to come to UCLA. They seemed sold, so hopefully they come to the right side."
As for his plans once he gets into school, Akingbulu is realistic about playing time this year, but sees opportunities down the road.
"Probably a redshirt year," Akingbulu said of the plan for his first year. "We'll see how it goes. Probably a redshirt year, then after that year, there shouldn't be many offensive linemen ahead of me, so it looks like there will be a lot of playing time in the coming years."