2017 Arizona Western OT Jason Linden Jr. hauled in an offer from UCLA and he should be one of the top JUCO OT's in the nation this fall

2017 Arizona Western OT Jason Linden Jr. (6-8, 340) had a solid freshman season for the Matadors and his potential has already drawn the attention of UCLA which offered late last week...

Linden Jr. announced the offer from the Bruins on social media late last week.

https://twitter.com/Linden_21/status/695326911996628992

"Coach (Adrian) Klemm called me and offered," Linden Jr. told JCFootball.com recently. "He just said he liked my potential and how I move for a guy my size and that he wanted to offer me."

The offer is the first for Linden Jr. and it definitely made an impression on him.

"Things are just starting for me as far as recruiting is concerned, so I didn't really think about committing, but I will say this, that's a good program and it would be really good to be a Bruin if that's the school I end up choosing," Linden Jr. noted.

While UCLA is already in the mix, Linden Jr. said they are currently the only school recruiting him.

"Honestly, it sorta came out of nowhere, because I really hadn't heard from any schools or coaches just yet," Linden Jr. said. "I mean, my coaches said that it will happen, but so far, on UCLA is the one that has talked to me."

Linden Jr. is a big body with nimble feet and that's something that has helped him handle the pass-rushers in both practice and on the field on Saturdays.

"For a guy my size, I move pretty well," Linden Jr. said. "I also finish my blocks. That is a big thing with me. I definitely want to finish my guy off and make sure he doesn't get in the play at all."

As a prep, Linden Jr. went over-looked and a big reason was he played at a small high school.

"I played at Bisbee (Az.) High School and we only had 300 kids in the whole school, so we were small and I just didn't draw much attention from schools," Linden Jr. recalled. "I looked into it and Arizona Western was a good program and they wanted me, so it was just a good fit and I feel like this place is getting me ready for the next level, both academically and as a football player."

Linden Jr. is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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