Offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche will transfer from the University of Miami to UCLA for his final year of eligibility, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.
Bunche started just once last season, at left guard, after making 12 starts at left tackle as a sophomore. Because he already has his college degree, he will be eligible to play for the Bruins this fall, and his father told the Miami Herald that UCLA will play him at tackle.
"Every single coach that contacted us lately said, 'Are you kidding me, this kid with his measurables (6-foot-7, 327 pounds) and his feet -- he's a tackle,'" Curtis Bunche told the Herald.
"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)."
Bunche, a New Jersey product, served as a backup at guard and tackle through the 2013 season after starting the opener against Florida Atlantic.