UCLA links: UCLA commit Bryan Addison returns to his roots

Serra’s Bryan Addison (3) intercepts a Centennial pass in the first half of the Division 1 first-round playoff game Friday in Corona, CA. November 10, 2017.

Bryan Addison chose to stay close to home when he committed to UCLA out of Serra High. His family will be able to watch him play in the Rose Bowl, but this weekend is about his extended family watching him one last time before he heads to college.

The four-star receiver who signed with the Bruins last month is playing in the Polynesian Bowl on Saturday in front of his mother Faye’s family in their native Hawaii.

Addison’s father, also named Bryan, was an All-WAC safety at Hawaii and his mother was of Hawaiian descent. Faye passed away in 2002 at age 32 when Addison was 3 years old, but he is relishing the opportunity to play in the home stadium of his father’s alma mater and practice at his mother’s old high school.

“I know she’s watching from above, so just having a guardian angel watching me practice where she’s been, I feel kind of closer as well,” Addison told Hawaiian TV station KHON2. “I’m really playing for my momma.”

Addison is one of four UCLA commits playing in the all-star game. The Bruin contingent also includes quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, offensive lineman Chris Murray and safety Stephan Blaylock.

More on Addison as he prepares to play in the Polynesian Bowl on Saturday.

Other links:

  • Offensive lineman Baraka Beckett talks to the SoCal Recruiting Stories Podcast about his visit to Westwood, his community service in Kenya and how he fits in Chip Kelly‘s offense.
    • Beckett, a two-star prospect who played defensive line at Palisades as a senior, said he and his sister worked together to build a school in Kenya, where his mother is from.
  • From ESPN: UCLA’s quarterback competition is one to watch this spring
  • From the San Jose Mercury Pac-12 hotline: Jon Wilner projects the Bruins to finish fourth in the Pac-12 South in the first year of the Kelly era
  • UCLA has representatives in both NFL showcase events on Saturday
    • Jaleel Wadood and Jacob Tuioti-Mariner will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the Rose Bowl. They’re teammates on the American Team. The game starts at 1 p.m. PT and will be televised on FS1.
    • Kenny Young will represent the West in the Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game starts at 12 p.m. PT and will be televised on NFL Networks.