You could hear the relief in Matt Lynch’s voice.
After the departure of Jim McElwain from Colorado State to the University of Florida, the Legacy standout wondered if incoming coach Mike Bobo would honor the scholarship and Lynch’s previous commitment to the Rams.
The first player Bobo went and saw when the recruiting window opened was Lynch and after subsequent meetings in Fort Collins, Bobo told him he would still honor it.
But after a lack of communication, Lynch felt a little uneasy and was keen on exploring other options when the phone rang.
“One day my quarterback coach Warren McCarty was like call (UCLA quarterbacks) coach Taylor Mazzone as soon as possible, they are super interested and really like you,” Lynch said. “I called him and we talked. He flew out and his dad (UCLA offensive coordinator) Noel Mazzone came out to watch me throw and they liked me and wanted me back on campus as soon as possible.”
He was on the next plane to Los Angeles.
“My parents made that happen and we toured the campus, toured the facilities and all that and they offer me there,” Lynch said. “It is a dream come true to play for a big school like UCLA and I am ready for it, I’m excited.”
Lynch, who made his commitment to the Rams before the start of his junior season, holds no grudge with CSU — where both of his parents went to school — and was ever-so grateful to the Rams for having interest.
“They were very cooperative and they have been good to me the whole time,” said Lynch, who threw for 1,260 yards while completing 51 percent of his passes last season. “The only thing is I had a greater connection with the coaches at UCLA than I did at CSU and that is why I made my decision to go to UCLA.”
Lynch, whose family dropped $600 on Bruins gear at the bookstore shortly after he committed, knows that he won’t just walk through the doors and be handed a starting job for coach Jim Mora.
But the 6-foot-5, 190-pound Lightning signal caller is more than ready to see how his game translates and will be ready to roll when the time comes.
“What they said is they want a quarterback who will come in and compete and not be afraid of their 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen,” Lynch said. “I told them I will compete with anyone in the country, because that is how I’m wired. Josh will probably start, but I will have to compete.”