And he did, picking up the UCLA hat with the embroidered B on the front before signing his national letter of intent to play for the Bruins.
“It was a really hard decision,” Zumwalt said. “I’m not going to lie It was just a gut feeling. It makes a lot of sense.”
Sapolu also signed his letter of intent to Oregon State on Wednesday. Fountain Valley running back Kyle Middlebrooks signed with Arizona State, while Ocean View lineman Kody Afusia signed with Hawaii.
Those three football commitments were already known, but Zumwalt waited until Wednesday to announce his decision. He had made a verbal commitment to Stanford, but in the end he said he decided to stay closer to home after talking to the Edison coaching staff and his parents, Rick and Nanette.
Zumwalt — a 6-foot-4, 218 pound linebacker who led Edison with 164 tackles, despite playing part of the year with a broken left hand — said he took an official trip to USC over the weekend. He then came back to Orange County before deciding to go back up to visit at UCLA.
“I just felt it was right,” Zumwalt said. “I don’t know how to explain it. I talked to the coaches here a lot and the players a lot. I just want to thank everyone. I’ve been taught to be a really good guy here.”
Linebacker was an area the Bruins had been wanting to address, and Zumwalt has the possibility of starting as a freshman for Coach Rick Neuheisel. And he will be joined in Westwood by one of his best friends, Edison senior lineman Luke Gane. Gane, who recovered from aplastic anemia two years ago to be a two-way starter for the Chargers this year, said Wednesday he has accepted a preferred walk-on spot at UCLA, as well.
Rick Zumwalt played at Arizona State, and the Sun Devils were Jordan’s favorite team growing up.