Chandler quarterback Brett Hundley has verbally committed to play football at UCLA next season.
He made the announcement on Monday morning at the Chandler Center for the Arts in front of friends and family, choosing the Bruins over Washington.
“I took my time and did a lot of research,” Hundley said. “UCLA just felt like the right school. Both schools offered a lot, but I just had to go with my heart."
Hundley said he will graduate after the fall semester to enroll at UCLA in the spring. He said there is a possibility of playing right away as a true freshman.
Hundley was the Gatorade State Player of the Year last season when he threw for 1,517 yards and 16 touchdowns and ran the ball for 1,208 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Through two games this season, the 6-foot-4 senior is 32-for-52 for 632 yards and six touchdowns through the air, and has added 113 yards and a score on the ground.
“He’s the best I’ve been around, in my career, by far,” Chandler coach Jim Ewan said. “He can do it all.”
Hundley said the location of UCLA – five minutes from the beach – played a factor.
“It’s still sunshine, it’s just not as hot (as Arizona),” Hundley said.
Hundley had positive words for both in-state schools, but professed the desire to leave Arizona for a new challenge.
He said that Washington began as the favorite, but a pair of trips to UCLA eventually swayed him. Hundley is the rated the seventh-best dual threat quarterback in the nation by recruiting service Rivals.com, and the sixth best quarterback in the country by Scout.com.
The Wolves are 1-1 on the season after losing to Peoria Centennial 48-42 on Friday.