The Bruins have since added verbal commitments from Will Farrar and Kanan Ray at offensive line for the 2017 class, yet Linden recently told Bruin Report Online he remains interested in the program and intends to get a closer look soon.
"This summer I'm sure I'll be able to get out there for an unofficial with my parents," Linden said. "The good thing is that they were my first offer. You’ll always have love for your first offer and it’s a great school. I just love California. I’m from Arizona originally, so it’s not far from home. I’ve always loved California and UCLA would be a great school, so I’m looking forward to the visit to see if I like the environment."
The 6-foot-8, 340-pound Linden also holds an offer from New Mexico State and said he has garnered interest from both Memphis and Oklahoma recently. Both programs have indicated they plan to drop by this upcoming spring practice to further evaluate him.
The Bruins sit in a good spot but Linden said a lot would be determined when he's able to chat with the coaches, particularly Adrian Klemm.
"I actually have no idea when I'll commit, but I’m planning on doing it after spring ball when more coaches come out to see me," Linden said. "I’m hoping more offers come in so I can see where I stand, but right now I’m really leaning toward UCLA.
"I got a chance to play with Jonathan Kongbo last year and what I learned from him is that it wasn’t about the name of the school, it’s about where you’ll start, how they treat you and how they’ll use you. I don’t want to go to a school where I won’t play right away. I want to be on the field right away."
After this upcoming junior college season, Linden would have three years to play two at the next level. Check out a few clips from his freshman season below: