"Academics are big to me and UCLA is very strong there," Heimuli said. "I was very comfortable at UCLA and got along great with everyone I met. Coach (Norm) Chow is very close to my whole family and my parents really trust him and know he would look after me if I went there. "I also like UCLA because of the chance to play early. They don’t have much depth at defensive tackle and I’m planning to go on my (Mormon) mission after my freshman year so I want to go somewhere that I can play right away before I leave for two years."DT recruit Ricky Heimuli on UCLA. Not a guarantee by any means, but encouraging.