Ronald Rudd committed to UCLA this past summer shortly after landing the scholarship offer from assistant coach Adrian Klemm and the junior college prospect finally had a chance to see the Bruins in action Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
The three-star offensive tackle from Ontario (Calif.) Chaffey Community College told Scout.com he enjoyed his unofficial visit even though the Bruins fell to crosstown rival USC.
"Overall, the experience at the game was great," Rudd said. "Getting to see everything in the stadium and getting a first-hand look at things was amazing. Watching the guys, I was wishing I could be out there able to play alongside them. As far as the 2017 season, I'm looking to fill Conor McDermott's shoes at that left tackle spot and help the team have success.
"After the game I spoke with coach Klemm. We just spoke about setting up an official visit for mid December since we weren't able to set it up this past weekend. He was telling me the plan as far as coming in, learning the system and getting in for spring ball to compete for a starting position."
The Bruins changed their offense in the offseason from a spread system to more of a power style, but the future remains uncertain given the lack of success this year. The 6-foot-7, 308-pound Rudd said he feels he would be ready to slide in no matter what blocking scheme UCLA decides to implement for 2017.
"Personally, I feel I can play in any system," Rudd said. "I feel like I'm a quick learner and I wouldn't see a problem learning UCLA's system and thriving in it."
Rudd committed to the Bruins in late June shortly after visiting campus, but several other programs have stayed aggressive in their pursuit of the big lineman. He said he has locked in official visits to Louisville for the Dec. 2 weekend and Arizona State for Dec. 10.
"I'm hoping to get the experience of seeing a new, different place," Rudd said. "What intrigues me about Louisville is how they play. They are playing without holding anything back and are fun to watch. With ASU, I'm in contact with coach (Chris) Thomsen, the O-line coach there, and what I like about them is that they are really good pass blockers. That's something I could see myself doing."
Rudd plans to enroll at UCLA in March so he can be on campus for spring practice.