The Orange County pipeline continued to be of immense benefit to UCLA on Monday, as defensive end Malik McClain offered his verbal commitment to the Bruins.
McClain, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound recruit, is the latest in a long line of Orange County athletes to commit to Westwood, the most famous of whom, quarterback Josh Rosen, plays on the other side of the ball. McClain wrote on Twitter that “My decision of becoming a UCLA Bruin has been made today.”
It has been an excellent few days for the Bruins. McClain’s commitment comes on the heels of Olaijah Griffin, a four-star safety and fellow Orange County product currently playing for Mission Viejo. McClain will be the eighth four-star recruit to joins UCLA’s class of 2018, and he joins the Bruins’ top-rated prospect, Dorian Thompson-Robinson, a tackle, on the defensive line.
McClain’s offer sheet included notables such as Arizona, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oregon State, South Carolina, Utah and Washington, among a handful of others.