The dialogue between Jaxson Kirkland and UCLA began two months ago and it culminated Wednesday in a scholarship offer, one that is rather enticing for one of the top offensive tackles in the West region.
The three-star lineman from Portland (Ore.) Jesuit has had an eventful spring with offers from the likes of California, Iowa State and Texas Tech. Kirkland has also visited Oregon State and Washington State and, following the latest offer, the Bruins are in line to draw a closer look in a couple weeks.
"It's really awesome because I've been talking to coach (Adrian) Klemm since March," Kirkland told Bruin Report Online. "Coach Klemm came to the school Monday and we spoke Tuesday night. He told my coaching staff earlier (Wednesday) to clarify the offer and it's a really good feeling, honestly.
"He told me tackle is a need for him in this class. He thinks his tackles are going to go to the draft after this next season, so it's a spot they need to fill."
Kirkland said he's also intrigued by the academic aspect of UCLA.
"The business school, I've heard, is phenomenal and that's what I want to major in," Kirkland said. "The campus is beautiful and I'm going to take a visit down there in a couple weeks, so I'm really looking forward to that. The weather, obviously, would be different. I'm a kid from Oregon and we don't get a lot of sun, so that's a plus."
The Bruins, despite just having joined Kirkland's offer sheet, are certainly on the 6-foot-7, 305-pound prospect's short list.
"It's definitely top two right now out of all the offers along with Wazzu," Kirkland said. "Honestly, it's been a dream of mine since I was a kid to go to school at either UCLA or USC. I've been in love with Los Angeles and the history of those college teams, so UCLA right now is definitely top two.
"I'm leaning more toward making a decision before the season starts, maybe a month before the first game. But we'll see how many guys commit and if spots fill up. I haven't really given much thought to it."
Check out Kirkland's junior highlights below: