"I committed to UCLA tonight," said Capella. "I talked to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and he said it was the best news he'd heard in a while."
"I went down to UCLA on Friday, and probably that visit I took really helped me decide. It's a great campus and school and it's not too far from home so my parents can come and watch me," said Capella.
Capella said his family was thrilled to know he'd be staying relatively close to home.
"My parents are pretty excited that I'll be close by," said Capella. "I'm feeling relieved too because now I don't have to worry about recruiting anymore."
Capella's lone regret was not getting a chance to talk with new offensive line coach Bob Palcic.
"Coach Palcic is on vacation so I haven't had a chance to talk to him yet," said Capella. "But I'm sure he'll be excited."
Capella, the top-rated offensive guard in California, said that while he plays tackle for his high school team, the UCLA coaching staff envisions him playing inside.
"They didn't really say specifically what I'll play, but I'm thinking I'll play guard," said Capella.
The news is a much-needed boost for the UCLA recruiting class, who lost a commitment on Monday. Capella is the second offensive commit, joining quarterback Richard Brehaut, and the first on the offensive line.
In 2007, Capella was named all-West Yosemite League and was a second team all-state underclass selection.