Jacob Bandes (Brandon Huffman)

2019 DL Jacob Bandes Impressed by UCLA Offer

May 24 -- Pittsburg (Calif.) 2019 defensive lineman Jacob Bandes was one of the standouts at The Opening Oakland just as his recruitment is starting to take off...

Pittsburg (Calif.) 2019 defensive lineman Jacob Bandes (6-2, 275) came into The Opening Oakland regional with three Pac-12 offers under his belt.

With a performance like he had on Sunday, on the heels of a good sophomore year, he will likely have plenty more offers coming his way.

Bandes was the top underclass defensive lineman in Oakland and showed that he'll be a big target for several schools.

His first offer came a while ago, from San Jose State, but May has produced offers from Oregon StateUCLA and Utah.

"I've been working hard and people told me, just wait, my time would come," said Bandes. "I didn't think that time was now. I'm just working harder in the classroom and the weight room and trusting the process."


Last weekend, Bandes was in Southern California for another camp and stopped in to visit UCLA just days after the offer came.

"That offer means a lot to me," said Bandes.  "For someone that big to give me an offer like that, that tells me I've been working hard. It was unbelievable.  The campus was beautiful, everything was beautiful.  The classrooms, the facilities, UCLA was just a beautiful place."

He saw some familiar faces when he was in Westwood.

"I met with Boss Tagaloa and Devin Asiasi and they were talking with us," said Bandes.  "They're both from Pittsburg so I've known them for a long time."

Bandes said that Washington has also shown some interest too and could be a school that could offer down the road.

"And Cal too, I'd like to hear more from Cal and get an offer from them," said Bandes.

Even if national offers come, Bandes knows he'd like to stay out West.

"I'd like to stay on the West Coast," said Bandes.  "I'm not really looking to the East, South or North. I'd like to stay close to family and stay in the Pac-12."

Bandes is in no hurry to make a decision.

"People have told me to wait, to enjoy the process but take my time," said Bandes.

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