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From Miami to Los Angeles: 6-7, 327-pound lineman Malcolm Bunche leaves Miami Hurricanes for UCLA

So, the East Coast wasn't always great for Malcolm Bunche, whose playing time dwindled in 2013 for the Miami Hurricanes.

Now he's trying the West Coast.

Malcom is transferring to UCLA to play his final season at UCLA, his dad, Curtis Bunche, just told me.

Curtis Bunche said Malcolm will be playing tackle at UCLA, head coach Jim Mora and the other coaches told him, rather than guard. "Every single coach that contacted us lately said, ‘Are you kidding me, this kid with his measurables (6-7, 327 pounds) and his feet – he’s a tackle.'"

"I talked to Malcolm last night for quite a while and he was very impressed with his overall experience with the trip there to UCLA, the tour of the campus, his conversation with the head coach and offensive coordinator – and even more so his offensive line coach [Adrian Klemm]. He’s had several years of NFL experience as an O-lineman and has [three] Super Bowl rings [with the New England Patriots]."

 UCLA was 10-3 this past season and beat Virginia Tech in the Sun Bowl, 42-12.

"Malcolm talked about the overall concept under Jim Mora being basically an NFL concept, an NFL approach. He had some time with an academic advisor regarding his pursuit to get his Master’s degree. He was gone the entire weekend.

 "His trip prior to UCLA was to Texas Tech on Friday during the day. He flew out Saturday to Los Angeles."

 Curtis Bunche said Malcolm called the UCLA campus "breathtaking.''

 Curtis said "there was no problem with his release at UM. Obviously UM tried to get him to stay. They went as far as calling his high school coach to ask him to get him to stay. You have to respect that.''

  But in the end, Bunche obviously realized he played minimally in 2013, and with only one season of eligibility left, he felt he needed a better opportunity.

 UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, a Heisman Trophy contender, completed 248 of 369 passes (67.2 percent) for 3,071 yards and 24 touchdowns, with 9 interceptions this past season.  But he was sacked 35 times.

 In contrast, the Hurricanes allowed 17 total sacks -- and that's including the four in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

  "They need an O-lineman to protect that Heisman Trophy candidate's blind side,'' said Curtis Bunche of his son.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN 

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To annoy you, Gallo. That's the purpose of UM football. And you are an idiot.

21-16

4-8 NO Bowl

LOST to GA Southern

TEBOW CAN'T SAVE YOU ANYMORE HE'S ON TV HIS CAREER IS OVER

Posted by: Ray McDonald | January 21, 2014 at 10:38 PM

He can walk, run, drive, fly...whatever. Only Hurricane soldiers need apply. Golden flirted, so why can't he? Who cares. We'll get what we get come signing day. Enough with the star search. If the system improves as overall talent does we'll be an 11 win team like we were supposed to be this season, and play better to boot. Better 3rd down play on both sides and good health down the stretch. That's what it's all about. The rest is smoke and mirrors.

Not EVERYONE wants to go to Miami or other schools as well. We're hitting him late in the game and he may want to stay closer to home, how many stars he has matters not. EVERY school looks at diamonds in the rough, and doesn't get them. So nothing is WRONG with the picture. What is WRONG is YOU trying to make something out of NOTHING.

Posted by: Cola Cane | January 22, 2014 at 01:26 PM
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cola, I get that not every kid wants to go to a Miami or any other big football program away from home but Louisiana-Lafeyette isn't any closer to this kids home in Georgia than Miami. That this kid is rated a 2 star recruit is relevant because he doesn't have a lot of options nor any other offers from any major college program and he won't even schedule an official visit (which at worst is a free vacation) with Miami until after he sees how his visit to Louisiana-Lafeyette goes. That is troubling because it shows how much luster the UM brand has lost on the national level since that last championship team. It wouldn't be as troubling if he was a 4 star or 5 star recruit with a lot of offers on the table and didn't want to take a free visit to Coral Gables but he's not highly sought after and he's still putting a prestigious college football program on the back burner for the likes of a Louisiana-Lafeyette... smh.

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