"Coach, let's just get straight to it," Maldonado said via FaceTime as McClure sat in the stands of his son's baseball game. "I've been thinking it over with my family and we would really like to verbally commit to UCLA, coach."
The three-star defensive tackle from nearby La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat landed an offer from the Bruins while on a visit to campus on Feb. 24, less than a week after his standout performance at the Under Armour All-American camp.
"The offer meant so much knowing all the hard work I put in paid off," Maldonado told Scout.com last week at The Opening Los Angeles. "It was great getting to know the coaches and being in personal contact with them. ... (Coach McClure) said I would fit in perfect with the guys. He said the guys are really cool and would like me to interact with them and get to know them.
"He liked that I was very coachable. He said I was a good kid who always wants to learn more, so that was really nice to hear."
Maldonado, who trains with former Bruin defensive lineman Brigham Harwell, became the third commit in UCLA's 2018 recruiting class, joining three-star prospects Jhevon Hill and Isaiah Johnson. McClure signed two tackles in the 2017 class -- four-stars Greg Rogers and Martin Andrus -- and this could be the start of another solid group at the position given some of the targets remaining on the board.