English Becomes a Bruin

Bryce English

The Texas defensive tackle, Bryce English, had a whirlwind recruitment with UCLA, visited Westwood last week and verbally committed Monday...

Bryce English, the defensive tackle prospect from Desoto (Tex.), verbally committed to UCLA Monday.

"UCLA was just a great fit for me," English said on Fox 4 News in Dallas-Forth Worth. "I love the coach, Defensive Line Coach (Angus) McClure, a great D-line coach."

The three-star prospect chose the Bruins over TCU, Arizona State and Arkansas.

English choosing UCLA was a bit of a surprise. UCLA's recruitment of the 5-11, 315-pounder had been very recent, and he took an unofficial visit to UCLA's campus last week and then committed Monday.

"I talked it over with my family right after I left UCLA. I just knew from there it was a great fit," English said.

English had previously been committed to Texas, but de-committed this spring. He then unofficially visited TCU and Arkansas a couple of months ago, and then UCLA and Arizona State this week before choosing the Bruins.

English had a big junior season, with 80 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, six sacks and seven forced fumbles, playing in a high school division that is possibly one of the toughest in the country.

English, ranked the #32 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com, is discounted a bit because he's under 6-0, but he's very strong and quick on his feet.

It's a significant commitment for UCLA, since the Bruins needed a nose-guard type of defensive tackle for its 2015 recruiting class but seemingly wasn't leading for any prospects it was recruiting -- until English came on the scene suddenly in the last several weeks.

"I love L.A.," English said. "I'm ready to get down there and show L.A. what I have in store."

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