Abele committed to UCLA on Saturday night during his official visit.
"It was just a good fit for me," said Abele. "It's close to home and my family can come and watch me play."
The Bruins were one of the more recent teams to get involved for Abele, prior to the season, most of his offers were from out-of-state.
Having played offensive tackle and defensive end, Abele had hoped to stay on defense, but most schools liked him as an offensive lineman.
But UCLA said they would let him come in as a defensive end, and he appreciated that.
"Really, I'll play wherever, but I like defense a lot," said Abele.
An all-Orange County selection as an offensive lineman, Abele was also an all-state pick.