Defensive back Taylor LaGace (Arcadia, Calif.) committed to Washington over the summer but decided on Monday to change his commitment to UCLA.
LaGace, a three-star recruit and rated the No. 69 player in the state, took an unofficial visit to UCLA on Saturday and was offered a scholarship by the Bruins a day later.
“I really wanted to play for Coach Meat [Demetrice Martin],” LaGace said. “He was a big reason why I committed to UW, but the truth is, I always liked UCLA. They didn’t recruit me early on, really until Coach Meat got the job there, and then I went down there on Saturday and met coach Mora and really had a good time.
“I feel coach Meat will push me to the limit every day and help me become the best player I can be. My family and I prayed long and hard about this decision, and I feel like going to UCLA is my best option. It’s a great school, close to home and I’ll get to play in front of my friends and family. It has always been my dream to go to school at one of the local schools, and now I finally get that opportunity.”
LaGace, who committed to the Huskies over Boise State, plays on both sides of the ball but was recruited to play safety for the Bruins. He had a solid senior season, catching 63 balls for 875 yards and five touchdowns and made 45 tackles on defense. He also returned a punt 84 yards for a score and a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.