One of the most intriguing recruits on the east coast in the 2018 class is Plymouth (Penn.) Wyoming Valley West offensive tackle Chris Bleich.
The one-time Penn State commit picked up new schools of interest in the last month, particularly after a strong showing at The Opening Regional near Washington, D.C.
One of the schools to watch is UCLA.
Bleich will fly to Los Angeles on June 6, and spend a week there to visit family, which lives only a few miles from UCLA's campus. He will also make an unofficial visit to campus, meet with the coaching staff, and learn more about the academics. His desire to build contacts to help in life after football is big, and UCLA has a strong alumni network.
Leaving home is not an issue to Bleich, either. He played at Wyoming Valley West as a freshman, but left for Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy and played there as a sophomore. A family issue forced him to return home for his junior year, and he will stay there for his senior season, but he enjoyed living away from home and is not adverse to it.
Could the recruitment of Bleich, who has a UCLA offer, end during his UCLA trip? Yes, and no.
He was at Nebraska's spring game, and had successful and positive visits in meeting the coaches and touring campuses at Mississippi State and Pittsburgh. North Carolina is a school Bleich thought highly of for a while, and now he wants to learn more about the Tar Heels.
One of the reasons he parted ways with Penn State was his desire to visit other schools. He committed to the Nittany Lions as a sophomore, but as schools intensified their interests in Bleich, he wanted to explore other options.