Moline Commits To UCLA

Mission Viejo, Calif., defensive tackle <b>Chase Moline</b> fulfilled his dream of becoming a Bruin, by committing to UCLA on Thursday night...

When UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell and defensive coordinator Larry Kerr showed up for the in-home visit with Mission Viejo (Calif.) High defensive tackle Chase Moline (6-1, 240), on Thursday, he already had has mind made up.

"I knew all day I was going to be a Bruin," said Moline. "I told Coach Dorrell and Coach Kerr and they were happy. I'm excited because I always wanted to go there. My family, they're real excited too."

Moline wasn't having much fun with recruiting early on, and was sensing frustration, but he said it all worked out in the end.

"It worked out better than I could imagine. To be able to go to the school I dreamed of going to, it's just great. From where I was at to now, its just all worked out."

The constant stories that a Bob Johnson-coached player would never end up a Bruin will hopefully be put to rest, Moline stated.

"I've heard those stories, but hopefully this will end that," said Moline.

Moline had narrowed his choices down to Boise State and UCLA, and said ultimately, the degree from UCLA and the closeness to home was the deal-sealer.

"I thought ‘where do I want to graduate from, where do I want to get my degree from'. Its close to home and my family will be near by."

While Moline said Signing Day will be the actual time he finds out if he greyshirts or comes in as a scholarship player this fall, either way, he's excited to be a Bruin.

"Coach Dorrell said they will know for sure on Signing Day, but right now they plan to have me come in the Fall," said Moline.

One of the stars for Mission Viejo, who finished #2 in the nation this year, Moline was named the Southern California Lineman of the Year by the Los Angeles Times, and was one of the players receiving great raves during CaliFlorida Bowl practice.

Moline grew up a UCLA fan, and his parents both like UCLA as well, and he knows the academics there are top-notch.

Moline's brother, Chane is one of the top juniors in the nation, and Chase said he hopes wherever he goes, his brother follows, but he won't try to influence his decision.

Moline has a 3.0 GPA and a 960 SAT score, qualifying him.

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