Chaffey (Calif.) College offensive lineman Ronald Rudd (6-7, 318), always dreamed of playing college football in Southern California.
On Monday morning, that dream became one step closer.
Just three days after landing an offer from UCLA while on an unofficial visit, Rudd committed to the Bruins.
“I took some time after the offer, but towards the end of the visit, I had started to lean towards making my decision. I told Coach (Adrian) Klemm I was in and he was excited. He asked if I was sure this was what I wanted to do and if I had thought it through, and I said yes, and I committed to UCLA,” said Rudd. “Of course, it was always a dream of mine, being from Southern California, to play for one of the schools in L.A.”
Rudd had a number of offers, ultimately picking the Bruins from a favorite group that included Arizona State, Baylor, Louisville, Missouri, San Diego State and Memphis.
“I was kind of surprised how much my recruitment blew up,” said Rudd. “I always had the feeling I’d have some scholarships, but when it blew up, it was surprising. But when UCLA offered me on the visit, I knew where I wanted to be.”
Rudd spent time with Klemm and the Bruin coaches on Friday prior to the Elite Camp, which he observed.
“I just thought the campus was beautiful,” said Rudd. “Everything about it was beautiful. I met all of the staff while I was there.”
Rudd said the spot that Conor McDermott will vacate after the 2016 season was appealing.
“That definitely appealed to me a lot,” said Rudd. “I will have the opportunity to come in for the spring and compete for the starting left tackle position.”
And Klemm’s experience of playing in the NFL and coaching a number of players who made it to the league also appealed to him.
“Most of my reason for picking UCLA was Coach Klemm’s experience playing in the NFL,” said Rudd. “He knows what it takes to get there and what it takes to stay there. And then coaching, he had guys at SMU make it to the NFL and now, at UCLA, he’s sent like a bunch of guys to the NFL in four years.”
A non-qualifier out of high school, Rudd hit the books hard while at Chaffey and now will be able to leave in December of 2016.
“I graduated (high school) in 2015, so I have three years to play my two seasons,” said Rudd. “I’ll graduate in December and be there in January, in time for spring ball.”
With his decision out of the way, Rudd can focus on football and finishing up his schooling at Chaffey.
“It was pretty important to me to get it out of the way,” said Rudd. “Now I can just focus on school and on football and go do what I love to do. When they come out to San Bernardino, I’ll be going to check out some practices too.”