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.