Young: "UCLA Was the Best Fit"

Los Angeles Loyola's John Young, the #22-ranked tight end in the nation, confessed that he's been verbally committed to UCLA for the last two weeks...

John Young, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound three-star tight end from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Calif., has favored UCLA since the summer and it turns out he's already made a verbal commitment to the Bruins.

"I did it a couple weeks ago," Young said. "I called up coach Rick Neuheisel and told him that I thought UCLA was the best fit for me and he was very excited."

Young admits that outside of his family and, of course, the UCLA coaches, no one else knew about his commitment. "We didn't make it public," he said. "I wanted to have some time to really talk everything over with my parents and the coaches."

He plans on taking an official visit to UCLA on Jan. 15.

Young, ranked as the No. 22 tight end in the country by Scout.com, chose the Bruins over Arizona State, which he visited on Oct. 2. "UCLA really is just the best fit for me," he said. "I love the family atmosphere there."

He says the Bruins believe he'll be a great tight end for them. "They always have good tight ends and I like how they use their tight ends," he said.

"They are coming together and building up with a solid base," Young said. "I believe in the program and the coaches have a plan in place. It just takes time."

Young attended the UCLA/California game on Oct. 17 and says he'll try and make the Nov. 21 game against Arizona State as well. He doesn't plan on taking any other official visits. "I'm 100-percent to UCLA," he said.

Loyola High School finished their season with a 4-6 record.

Young reports a 3.6 core GPA and 1720 three-part SAT.


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