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UCLA received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 TE Michael Martinez.

Martinez (6'6/246) made his pledge during The Opening Finals, the only player to commit to the Bruins during camp festivities. While he's ranked as just a three-star recruit on the 247Sports composite board, there's some amount of intrigue beyond the stars, as he was one of just six tight ends to receive an invite to The Opening Finals. UCLA has been almost a complete no-show for the 2019 cycle to date, with Martinez just the fourth pledge they have landed in the class. Even beyond that, the program has yet to land a four-star recruit for 2019. We didn't expect new Bruins HC Chip Kelly to immediately be recruiting up to his Oregon speed, but it's been slow even accounting for the wobbles that sometimes come with the hiring of a new coach.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 5 - 3:28 PM

UCLA received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 G Beau Taylor.

Taylor (6’5/286) revealed that he had actually come to a decision and informed Bruins HC Chip Kelly and staff last week, but held off on making his pledge public until Wednesday. He said that part of his decision was due to the fact that UCLA’s depth chart on the offensive line looks to be relatively thin when he arrives on campus next year. Taylor is UCLA’s first OL commit in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 29 - 4:05 PM

Athlon Sports named UCLA redshirt junior TE Caleb Wilson (foot) to their preseason All-American fourth team.

Wilson (6'5/225) was in the midst of a stellar 2017 season when he sustained a broken foot against Colorado at the end of September. He had already piled up 38 catches for 490 yards at that time. We'll have to wait until August camp to see just how close he is to full health, as he wasn't doing much during spring practice.
Source: Fansided
Jun 27 - 11:53 AM

247Sports' Brandon Huffman referred to UCLA three-star 2019 verbal CB commit Shamar Martin as a "terrific athlete."

"Martin's quickness is enhanced by his ability to diagnose the play, with him quickly being able to read the quarterback, break on the ball and get to it to break up the pass," Huffman writes of the 6-foot, 175-pound corner. UCLA's hoping he can bring that weight up closer to 185 pounds by the time he officially joins the program down the road. Arizona State was also angling to land Martin's commitment, but in a battle between two new Pac-12 coaches, it was Chip Kelly who won out over Herm Edwards. On the 247Sports composite board, Martin lands as the No. 49 cornerback prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 26 - 4:52 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren mentions UCLA redshirt junior LB Keisan Lucier-South as one of the players who is running out of time to live up to his recruiting hype.

Lucier-South was a player who had big-time hype in the 2015 recruiting circle, but after redshirting his freshman season, he's yet to show the playmaking ability he flashes as a prep -- at least on a consistent basis. There's a good chance that changes in 2018, in VanHaaren's eyes. "Lucier-South has the athleticism to succeed as a hybrid defensive lineman or linebacker," he writes. "Maybe a reset will be good for the former high school standout to regain his footing and help improve the UCLA defense this coming season." If UCLA has any chance at all to compete in the Pac-12 South, they'll need him to.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 1:33 PM

UCLA received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 QB Chase Griffin.

Griffin comes to the Bruins from Texas, where he was ranked the 183 best player in the state and 51st best overall quarterback by 247 Sports composite rankings. In addition to the Bruins, he was also considering a host of Ivy League schools, and also had an offer from North Texas. He also was a former ball-boy for the Elite 11 camp, which is fun.
Jun 15 - 7:20 PM

247Sports Tracy Pierson reports that UCLA junior P Austin Kent is no longer on the team.

Kent (6'1/215) is not being kicked off the team for disciplinary reason or as punishment. Rather, there simply isn't a roster spot for him. He was one of three Bruins players -- along with OLs Alex Akingbulu and Sean Seawards -- to find himself in this uncomfortable predicament. While he averaged 38.3 yards per punt as a true freshman back in 2016, Kent often failed to display consistency, part of the reason that walk-on Stefan Flintoft eventually ended up supplanting him for the past campaign.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 8 - 12:55 PM

247Sports' Tracy Pierson reports that UCLA redshirt freshman OL Jax Wacaser has retired due to undisclosed health concerns.

Wacaser (6'4/265) sees his collegiate career cut short before it even really began. The former three-star offensive lineman will be able to stay on scholarship and not have it count against UCLA's limit moving forward. That NCAA rule -- the one allowing medical retirements to retain scholarships -- is one of the more empathetic ones implemented by the governing body.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 8 - 12:46 PM

247Sports' Tracy Pierson reports that UCLA redshirt freshman OL Sean Seawards is no longer with the team.

Seawards (6'3/325) was one of three players (along with Alex Akingbulu and Austin Kent) who have reportedly been told that they're out of luck in terms of holding a place on this UCLA team. For his part, Seawards makes for a minor loss. He was working as a second- and third-teamer during the spring. It's possible -- though not yet known for certain -- that he will be allowed to remain on scholarship at the university even though his football days (at least at UCLA) appear to be over. Pierson is hearing that Seawards could potentially begin sorting through transfer options. Barring a drop out of the FBS, he would have to sit out the upcoming season with his future team if he does, indeed, decide to move on from UCLA altogether.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 8 - 12:34 PM

247Sports' Tracy Pierson reports that UCLA redshirt sophomore OL Alex Akingbulu is no longer with the team.

This would appear to be a UCLA decision rather than a player decision, as Pierson passes along that Akingbulu and two others were "informed there wasn't a spot for them on the team." The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder arrived on campus as a three-star recruit in Jim Mora's 2016 class. After taking a redshirt for that campaign, he sustained a serious knee injury which kept him out of action for the most recent season. Akingbulu was actually being penciled in as the starting right guard when spring practice opened, but he was unable to maintain his consistency and ended up sliding down to the second string in April. A transfer could potentially be in the works, here.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 8 - 12:16 PM

The Pac-12 has passed a rule which will require conference squads to win at least six games to achieve bowl eligibility.

That means that the possibility of a bowl at 5-7 is no longer going to be in the cards for the conference. The NCAA has been using teams in that phylum to fill extra bowl slots when needed depending on the strength of the field, with APR (academic progress rate) used as the determining factor. There was no need to include any 5-7 programs in the fray this past bowl season, but two such schools were required in 2016 and three in 2015. Ever-opinionated Washington State HC Mike Leach more or less shrugged his shoulders and rolled his eyes at the Pac-12's new rule, saying, "Why should we limit opportunities when other conferences aren't?" and adding that if his team happened to go 5-7 they could "probably use the practice" afforded to them by a bowl.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 5 - 4:53 PM

UCLA redshirt freshman TE Jimmy Jaggers (concussions) has retired.

Jaggers (6'4/230) revealed in his social media post announcing the news that he has been diagnosed with three concussions in the past year. The most recent of those was sustained in an early April car accident. He'll be allowed to stay on scholarship despite the fact that he's calling it good in terms of a playing career. While Jaggers was a four-star recruit in the 2017 class, UCLA remains deep at tight end with Caleb Wilson, Devin Asiasi and Jordan Wilson.
Jun 5 - 12:37 PM

Fansided's Michael Chavez believes that UCLA senior CB Nate Meadors "will have a chance to thrive" under secondary coach Paul Rhoades.

Chavez is enamored with Meadors' approach to the game. The cornerback is not particularly flashy, but offers what the analyst refers to as a "steady and business-like" demeanor. A confident one as well. This past season was the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder's most involved to date, as he posted 54 tackles (2.0 for loss), a sack, an interception and nine tackles. He could have jumped for the draft over the winter, but instead opted to bring it back for one more go-round in HC Chip Kelly's first year at the helm of the ship.
Source: Fansided
Jun 2 - 2:33 PM

Former Michigan OC -- and current UCLA OC -- Jedd Fisch helped to convince redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight to transfer to the Bruins.

Fisch coached Speight in Ann Arbor for two years before leaving to become Jim Mora's last offensive coordinator. Fisch is now with the Los Angeles Rams, but he provided Speight with a UCLA endorsement when asked. "As a coach, you can kind of sniff out the B.S.," Speight said, "and he was able to do that and say, ‘Look, you’re getting what you see at UCLA and I think it’s the right fit,’ and I couldn’t have agreed more." Speight is battling Devon Modster and freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson for the right to replace Josh Rosen.
May 27 - 5:12 PM

UCLA junior RB Jalen Starks will transfer.

Bruins HC Chip Kelly said that Starks actually left the team in January, as his new staff was taking shape. A bulldozer of a back at 6-foot-1, 255 pounds, he rushed for 136 yards and four touchdowns over the course of nine games during the past campaign. He's not graduated as of yet, meaning that should he keep his transfer in the FBS, Starks will be forced to sit out the upcoming campaign to satisfy NCAA regulations. UCLA still has plenty of depth at running back with Soso Jamabo, Bolu Olorunfunmi and Brandon Stephens, plus former UC Davis RB Joshua Kelly (he sat out the 2017 season after transferring over) and true freshmen Kazmeir Allen and Martell Irby. Whether Kelly can turn any of this into an actual, bonafide rushing attack remains to be seen. The Bruins have been a tire fire in that department of late.
May 16 - 11:53 AM


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