After a little less than two months after reopening his recruitment, now Senior OT Chris Bleich has decided where he will be continuing his academic and athletic careers. After non-stop coaches visits, letters, calls, etc... and taking a few unofficial visits, Chris has decided to attend the University of California Los Angeles, commonly known as UCLA.
In his initial post on twitter, Chris says "I told my dad I want to play football where no one ever did from this valley... and today I can say I kept my word to my dad."
A short Q and A with Chris:
You were committed to Penn State for over a year and a half. What is the difference between PSU and UCLA?
The biggest difference for me is the location. With UCLA being on the West Coast it has a completely different atmosphere than PSU. PSU is in a little section of the state by itself. With UCLA, it is right in Los Angeles, playing home games in the Rose Bowl, and just the different life style that comes with it.
You were talking with a bunch of schools for the past few weeks/months. What was the deciding factor that made you want to commit to UCLA?
I was talking with a lot of schools, and I thank them for their interest in me. But the ultimate deciding factor was all of the opportunities that UCLA could offer me. Again, being in LA, its a different lifestyle that I am interested in.
Throughout your high school career, playing and being a key member of the varsity team since your freshman year, you have been involved in a number of big games/big moments for the team. What is the moment/game that sticks out the most to you on a personal level?
While I have been involved in many big moments/games, the one that sticks out to me on a personal level is the District 2 4A Championship game during my freshman year. We were playing at Delaware Valley and I was lined upp against Connor Lutz, who went on to play at Delaware. I felt that we had a great game against each other, going toe to toe for the entire game. That game taught me what it meant to never give up and it made me appreciate every moment of football becuase the seaon was over after that game. I realized that the player who took me under his wing was gone, I was never going to play football with him again. And in all reality, I miss all of the players who were on that team, seniors on down to the other freshmen, everyone was genuinely nice and made each other better. That team laid a great foundation for the next team, and we were then able to go undefeated during the regular season.
Finally, what is one piece of advice that you would give to a younger teammate, or a younger player in general, who has the opportunity get recruited like you have been?
I would tell them not to rush the process like I did. Wait until you are going into your senior year to make your decision. Take full advantage of the opportunities presented to you. But when you do find the right school, you will know it in your gut.