The scholarship offer might not be on the table just yet, but quarterback Chase Garbers has taken the first step toward possibly accomplishing that objective.
The three-star prospect from Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona del Mar visited UCLA on Monday, checking out the campus and meeting with new quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo. It's been documented for some time how crucial it is for the Bruins to land a top-tier quarterback in the 2017 class, especially if star Josh Rosen continues on his upward trajectory and leaves early for the NFL, and Garbers could certainly be considered a candidate.
"UCLA was great," Garbers told Bruin Report Online after his unofficial visit. "I was really impressed with everything. Sat in Coach Tui's office for an hour or so and talked. I'm a guy they are looking at and have a potential offer coming my way this spring. They are going to come see me right after they are done with spring ball. From what I heard and saw, they really like me and I'm really high for them. I'm really excited 'cause its the hometown school so to speak."
Garbers, who punched his ticket to the Elite 11 Finals with a great performance at The Opening Regional in Redondo Beach last month, has seen his stock soar in recent weeks and added a handful of big offers. He plans to visit Washington, Washington State, Boise State, Colorado and Colorado State next week.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect also intends to return to UCLA to see the Bruins at one of their spring practices.
"I would definitely like to come back," Garbers said. "I really like the coaching staff there and how they take care of their athletes. It's a very cool campus and a great education.
"I like coach Tui a lot. He's a very nice guy and a very good coach that really knows what he's doing. They are going to be very good offensively."
Garbers completed 69 percent of his pass attempts as a junior last season, throwing for 2,715 yards and 33 touchdowns with only three interceptions in 12 games. He also rushed for seven scores.
Check out video of Garbers from a recent passing tournament below: