I don't know if you'll get a chance to read this but I think I can lend you one man's opinion that attended BOTH Ohio State and UCLA. Just FYI, I also am a big 11W reader but this is literally my first post because this is the first time I felt I may have a helpful opinion to share.
I also grew up in Ohio as a Buckeyes fan and enrolled in OSU partly because it was affordable and partly because of an opportunity to play a non-revenue sport. After two years and a half years of not getting on well with my coach I decided to look at other schools. I had a buddy that went to USC out of high school and I went to stay with him for the summer to check out some schools out West. I wasn't at all impressed with USC -- bad neighborhood, bad social scene if you weren't Greek and I just didn't feel I had the money to fit in. I got an invite to take a look at UCLA and went over a day early to check it out. It was love at first sight.
The campus is beautiful, not very spread out and exactly what I dreamed a perfect campus to look like. There was a mix of races (I'm a minority) so it felt like it wasn't just rich kids. Westwood (especially back then) was a picturesque little town inside the big city that was totally convenient and I saw Bruce Willis the first day I set foot there. What more could you ask for? I was walking to class in short in December. And let's be honest - the girls are hot. Nothing against OSU girls but UCLA had some really hot girls. UCLA was also a much better academic choice for me and, generally, (depending on your major) was more prestigious than Ohio State.
I spent 3 years at UCLA. Attended every football game and most basketball games. Got my degree. Lived and worked LA for 3 more years after graduation. And you know what? I still call myself a Buckeye and I am as big a Buckeye fan as there is. Why? Why not a UCLA fan? I get asked this all the time because people assume I graduated from Ohio State.
First of all, there is very little enthusiasm for sports at UCLA. Football games are played way off campus, you take buses to get there and the students get there notoriously late and leave early and even when they were there it was a half-packed, half-hearted stadium even though the team was doing very well. There also too many other things to do around LA. I remember struggling to try to find friends to go to games with because there was the beach and so many other fun stuff to do. It honestly felt like a commuter school.
Also, UCLA's compact, convenient campus looks amazing but it has its down sides. Everything is mega expensive. Even with the nice stipend for rent, we were packed into tiny apartments near campus or living off campus and getting parking tickets every week because there is literally NO place near to park. I think I spent more on parking tickets than food. So many other negative go with the placement of the campus - it was a super pain every single day. I can elaborate more but it'd get really long.
I don't know if you want to pledge a fraternity or not. UCLA was very much split between the academics (minority mostly, like me) and the partiers. Almost all of the social scene at UCLA is around the Greek system so if you want that, you should pledge. Ohio State has a nice balance. Being in a fraternity is awesome but even if you're not, there's plenty of social life outside 15th Avenue.
But 100% the biggest reason is that people in LA are much more shallow and rude. It's a way of life. You'll notice it when you first go out there and it will surprise you. But then you get used to it -- like seeing Lou Ferrigno at the grocery store or Robert Downey at the gym. You start getting used to the dude at 7-11 acting like you are doing HIM a favor buying something or the people that won't ever slow down to let you change lanes EVER. In fact, you'll never notice it again until you go home and you go out around a bunch of people and you think that everyone there is so nice you can't believe it. Image is everything there and people you think are your friends are just there to help their image and not people you can count on. It sounds cliche but Ohio State friends were just more "real". You'll never notice that on a campus visit where each school shows you only the bright and shiny. But in the end it's about what you take away from those 4 years and that's true for life friends.
After you graduate, Buckeye fans are a united family wherever you go. We are united around our teams and the great times we had together at school. UCLA alums ... I hate to say it but I never find them. In all the cities I've lived, Houston, Tampa, San Jose, Denver, Miami -- you can move there one day and the next day you can hook up with 300 or 400 Ohio State fans to watch a game. I've never once found a UCLA "bar" or alumni get together. Ohio State fans treasure the memories of great games and great rivalries (I can't even imagine how much more that would be as a football player). UCLA ... nothing - almost no enthusiasm. Rivalry with USC, I guess but even then the stadiums were half empty whether we played at the Rose Bowl or their place. But it doesn't come anywhere close to the year-round atmosphere at Ohio State. (Are there 10 UCLA football web sites? Or even 5 busy ones? IDK honestly)
I hope any of this helps you in your decision. I don't regret the education I got from UCLA but i wouldn't trade my two and half years at OSU for 20 years at UCLA. I guess UCLA is that hot ass chick with big &^%$ ... that you just ache for. But she ended up being kinda shallow and superficial and two months later you can't remember her name. Ohio State is that beautiful, clean cut girl your mom would love with a heart of gold (and a rockin' body under those clothes) that would never even look at another guy because she's yours forever.