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LA's Orloff switches commitment to UCLA

2/1/2011

ESPN's Roger Brown is reporting that Lawrence Academy senior linebacker Mike Orloff de-committed from the University of Iowa yesterday, and issued a verbal commitment to UCLA the same day.

According to Brown, Rick Neuheisel called Orloff two weeks ago and offered him a scholarship. Orloff decided he wanted to take an official visit last weekend, and the Iowa coaching staff told him they needed to know his final decision by Monday. He called the Iowa coaches Monday with his decision to de-commit, and followed that up with a call to UCLA.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Orloff, a two-star prospect from Danvers, told Brown he had no previous contact with UCLA until Neuheisel called. Irv Eatman, a former two-time Lombardi Award finalist for the Bruins and whom Orloff called a volunteer assistant at UCLA, sent Neuheisel's staff some film of Orloff, and things progressed from there.

"I considered the offer and decided I would go visit," Orloff told Brown. "I just felt that UCLA was a better fit and I place where I have a better chance to succeed on and off the field. I felt like it was the place where I can be most successful. It had nothing to do with me not liking anything about Iowa.

"They don't look at Massachusetts kids very often. They told me I might be the first player from Massachusetts they've had on their team. Certainly the first in a long time."