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Four-star WR Chase Cota verbally committed to play at UCLA.

Cota (6'4/195) picks UCLA over Alabama, California, Notre Dame and Oregon, among others. ESPN ranks him the 47th best WR in the country, and a member of their top 300. Outside of his obvious size, positives in his scouting reports cite his hands and ability to high-point the football, while noting he's not going to be a burner. Chip Kelly and his group has hit the ground running in terms of recruiting. No one should be surprised.
Source: 247 Sports
Dec 14 - 12:45 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that UCLA has hired Arkansas DC Paul Rhoads to serve as secondary coach.

Rhoads linked up with Arkansas in the winter of 2016 as defensive backs coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator this past January. His biggest coaching position to date came when he served as head coach at Iowa State (2009-15). This new gig with the Bruins will be his first in the Pac-12.
Dec 10 - 12:18 PM

In a tweet, UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen said that he hasn't made a decision as of yet whether or not he'll enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Rosen's tweet was presumably in response to a Wednesday report from Walter Football's Charlie Campbell that the junior quarterback was going to enter the draft. "I have not made a decision, and I don't plan to do so anytime soon," Rosen says. It's still widely assumed that the quarterback will be entering the draft and likely will be one of the first quarterbacks off the board, but any reports that suggest that he's leaving may have been premature.
Dec 7 - 10:51 PM

UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen is viewed by NFL evaluators as the likeliest from the 2018 class to start from day one.

A group of seven evaluators gushed to Charles Robinson over Rosen's ability to "spin the ball" and his throwing motion. That group also listed Rosen as the top quarterback prospect in the class. We will continue to hear about possible signs of immaturity with Rosen, but things are swinging in his direction as the top prospect at his position.
Source: Yahoo
Dec 7 - 11:26 AM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen is expected to forego his final year of eligibility to declare for the NFL Draft.

No real surprise, here. Assuming Rosen does declare (it would be a stunner if he does not), he will be in play to be the first quarterback selected -- and perhaps the first player selected, period -- come the spring draft. There's no disputing his obvious physical talents (he has the arm to make any throw), but character concerns and questions of demeanor are frequent demerits that we've heard regarding the junior. Campbell notes that "[t]here has been talk in the scouting community about Rosen having bad intangibles and being disliked by his teammates at UCLA, especially during his early time with the Bruins." The analyst does soften that a bit in passing along that Rosen has been trying to make strides in the locker room. While these character questions are almost certainly going to linger throughout the evaluating process, it is unlikely that they cause him to take a significant tumble. His upside is just too great.
Dec 6 - 4:55 PM

UCLA hired Cal DL coach Jerry Azzinaro to serve as defensive coordinator.

"The success Jerry has had and expertise he has gained in more than three decades at both the college and professional levels have provided him with a supreme knowledge of the game," said HC Chip Kelly in a statement. As Kelly alludes to, Azzinaro brings a depth of experience to the table for the Bruins, having coached in various capacities for 36 seasons. He's also well acquainted with Kelly's coaching style and demeanor -- he worked with Chip at Oregon from 2009-2012, then followed him to both the Eagles (2013-2014) and 49ers (2015) after Kelly tried his hand at the NFL.
Dec 5 - 6:25 PM

UCLA interim coach Jedd Fisch fully expects junior QB Josh Rosen (shoulder) to play in the Cactus Bowl against Kansas State on Dec. 26.

Rosen missed the second half of the regular season finale against California with the injury. Rosen previously stated that he'd play in the bowl game if he was healthy. Afterwards, Rosen is expected to declare for the NFL Draft.
Source: LA Times
Dec 4 - 3:18 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that former Oregon DC Don Pellum will serve as linebackers coach at UCLA.

Pellum and new Bruins HC Chip Kelly are intimately familiar with each other, as their paths intersected from 2007-2012, when Kelly was working as offensive coordinator and subsequently head coach in Eugene. Pellum did not have a coaching role with a program this season, having last served as Oregon's linebackers coach for the 2016 campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 3 - 11:37 AM

Sources tell Football Scoop that Cal defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro will be named defensive coordinator at UCLA.

Azzinaro is one of the most respected defensive line coaches in the country, and while he's spent most of his career in that position, he's also coordinated defenses for Duke from 2004-2006 and UMass in 1994. Chip Kelly's first staff is starting to come together, with offensive coordinator likely being the next big hire for the Bruins.
Dec 1 - 12:34 AM

Football Scoop reports that UCLA HC Chip Kelly plans on retaining WR coach Jimmie Dougherty, RB coach DeShaun Foster and OL coach Hank Fraley.

Kelly is still in the process of finalizing his staff with the Bruins after landing the head-coaching job on Sunday. The biggest dominoes have yet to fall one way or another, as we're still waiting to hear on the fates of OC Jedd Fisch and DC Tom Bradley.
Nov 30 - 3:33 PM

UCLA four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Dorian Thompson-Robinson remains 100% on-board with the Bruins following their hiring of HC Chip Kelly.

Thompson-Robinson (6'2/190) spoke with Kelly on Sunday night and came away impressed. Said the Las Vegas gunslinger, "(He) [s]ees a lot of Marcus Mariota in me and loves my tape. He’s a really upbeat coach. I like his vibe so far." He added that "his offensive background speaks for itself." Thompson-Robinson has been committed to UCLA since April. He has just one season of experience as starting quarterback (OSU frosh Tate Martell was blocking him at Bishop Gormon High up until this season) and probably shouldn't be expected to make an immediate impact when he joins UCLA this winter, but Rivals' No. 48 overall prospect (No. 4 dual-threat quarterback) has all sorts of athletic upside to make his mark on the Pac-12 down the road.
Source: Rivals
Nov 28 - 7:54 PM

UCLA interim coach Jedd Fisch says junior QB Josh Rosen (undisclosed) was pulled from Friday's game against Cal for precautionary reasons.

Rosen's head and throwing shoulder were slammed to the ground on a hit in the second quarter. He was evaluated and removed from the contest. After the game, Fisch indicated that he pulled Rosen because he wanted to make sure his quarterback was healthy for a bowl game. UCLA reached bowl eligibility by beating the Bears. Multiple times this month, Rosen has told reporters that he planned to play in a bowl if the Bruins made it. Rosen is expected to declare for the NFL Draft after the season.
Source: ESPN
Nov 25 - 12:42 PM

Chip Kelly agreed to a five-year contract worth $23.3 million to become UCLA's next head coach.

The deal comes with a $9 million reciprocal buyout. This move is official following UCLA's announcement on Saturday morning. "I am thrilled to welcome Chip Kelly to Westwood," UCLA AD Dan Guerrero said. Kelly has worked as a TV analyst this season after spending the previous four as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers (2016) and Philadelphia Eagles (2013-15). Prior to that, of course, he was one of the most innovative college coaches of the past decade. Kelly went 46-7 at Oregon between 2009-12, including victories in the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. The Ducks played in a BCS bowl in each of his four seasons and made the National Championship game following the 2010 season. He was named the Associated Press Coach of the Year in 2010. After firing Jim Mora, the Bruins beat out a host of suitors, most notably Florida, to land Kelly. Kelly's first order of business: Hit the recruiting trail hard and close ground on archrival USC.
Source: UCLA
Nov 25 - 11:52 AM

Yahoo's Pete Thamel reports a deal between Chip Kelly and UCLA is expected to be completed by the end of the weekend.

Chip is back. The deal is being "finalized," so Kelly has certainly verbally agreed to the take the job. Kelly seemed headed for Florida before UCLA abruptly fired Jim Mora, thus opening up Kelly's options. The better fit has been discussed numerous times, as players and the school need to buy into Kelly's system both on and off the field. We think it is easy to buy into a coach that went 46-7 at Oregon over four seasons.
Nov 25 - 10:31 AM

UCLA redshirt junior WR Jordan Lasley caught 12 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown in the school's 30-27 win over Cal on Friday.

That means Lasley's two-game line is 22 catches, 431 yards and four touchdowns against USC and Cal. Wow. His touchdown against the Bears was a perfectly executed back shoulder toss, as Lasley boxed out and won at the catch point. His emergence has been spectacular to watch.
Nov 25 - 10:02 AM


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