UCLA lands linebacker Dwight Williams, misses Joe Mixon

In a surprise move, four-star linebacker Dwight Williams put on a UCLA hat Saturday morning. The Gardena Serra standout announced his decision during the second quarter of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The Bruins had verbal commitments from four other Army All-Americans. Zach Whitley, the No. 6 linebacker in the country, called assistant coach Adrian Klemm Friday night to flip his decision from Alabama and will enroll early. UCLA also secured prior verbals from three other four-star recruits at the bowl: receiver Austin Roberts, cornerback Jaleel Wadood, defensive tackle Ainuu Taua.

The team did miss out on two other announcements in San Antonio. Four-star tight end Bryce Dixon, who played at Ventura St. Bonaventure, and five-star running back Joe Mixon opted for USC and Oklahoma, respectively — though neither recruitment is rock solid.

Dixon told Rivals.com that he will take visits to both UCLA and USC before Signing Day on Feb. 5, while Mixon has been fickle in his decision for months. The Bay Area native had hats from UCLA, Cal, Wisconsin and Oklahoma on the table when he announced.

UCLA is also a finalist for five-star cornerback Adoree Jackson, joining Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee and USC in his top six.

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  • The EDGE

    It may sting my Bruin Blue & Gold eyes but, I’ve come to terms that UCLA is not a 5 star’s destination. Yes UCLA may secure 1 and luck into a second periodically, once the 4 star’s are coached up, maybe more will take notice and come to UCLA. There’s only so many 5 stars to go around. So give me 4 stars by the bunches! I wish Joe Mixon the best, I wish he would be a Bruin, but I’ve some strange NSD’s too.

    • Joe Blow

      Now HERE’S a SMART Bruin! Congrats.

      • maze949

        I’ve never met a “smart” trOJan. Another weekend on the UCLA blog, huh? Some life you lead…haha

        • Joe Blow

          You have NOW.

          Great life, finish off the evening you su wifie.

          • ProbationU

            Using the phone JB? That can be dangerous to the spelling…you may need an edit unless you are speking an ancient Trojan language which not even you can understand.

          • Joe Blow

            Figured you were from Mexico

          • ProbationU

            Shhh….I am on the lam from ICE. Awaiting immigration reform! Hence the name probation….but about to be off probation soon and back to my job at SC in campus security.

          • anno nimus

            Dude, why are you such a f*****g loser?

          • Joe Blow

            Why are YOU?

    • Pingon27

      NOT YET…THE SEEDS ARE IN PLACE FOR 5 STAR RECRUITS. ROME WASNT BUILT IN 2 SEASONS.

      • The EDGE

        I agree with the “not yet” and “the seeds”. Thanks bro!

  • SKL

    Jack, UCLA didn’t “land” or “miss” on anything today. Long time til NSD and verbal commitments a month out don’t often mean squat. Even money says Mr. Mixon elects to call Westwood home next month, IMHO.

  • Joe Blow

    ucla MISSED on Mixon. So says Joseph B Lowe

  • BRUIN1

    Jack – why don’t you have up to date information regarding recruiting especially during these last few weeks. I am sure your readers would like to know UCLA will be aggressively pursuing Nate Starks who is a highly rated RB. Compared to other sites, you provide no insights and just repeat what other sites provide hours/days before.

    If you want real UCLA insider information I would suggest BRO or Rivals.

    • IIWIICUB

      i’d recommend BRO.

    • 92104bruinfan

      Jack is not a recruiting beat writer nor is the free Daily News site set up to provide that type of service. IMO, Jack provides just the right amount of Bruin recruiting 411.If you want anything beyond that, there are plenty of solid premium sources out there, some of which you listed. Go Bruins!

      • BRUIN1

        Brian Dohn who ran this site a few years ago provided tremendous insights and indepth information regarding UCLA. Compared to what it was then (it was still free, same service, etc.), this blog provides no information. I have transitioned to BRO over a year ago and it is amazing the information we don’t get on this site that I would think a reporter covering UCLA should be providing its readers. The blog is titled INSIDE UCLA – you would hope you are getting SOME inside information…