UCLA football lands three-star OL commit from Texas

Hank Fraley‘s recruiting crusade picked up another commit.

Three-star offensive lineman Trey Stratford announced his commitment to UCLA via Twitter on Saturday, becoming the fourth offensive lineman commit in the class of 2018 in nine days.

Stratford, a 6-foot-3, 271 offensive tackle/center from Allen, Texas, picked up offers from Arizona State, Utah, California, Nebraska and home-state Texas. An accomplished student, he also reeled in offers from Harvard, Princeton and Columbia.

Fraley, UCLA’s first-year offensive line coach, has five commits to his position for the 2018 class already. Four are three-star prospects coming out of high school, while Jason Dickson is a junior college transfer.

Here are Stratford’s junior year highlights:

Here are UCLA’s 13 verbal commits for the 2018 class so far: Continue reading “UCLA football lands three-star OL commit from Texas” »

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UCLA football adds 2019 linebacker commit

The UCLA defense added another early commit for the 2019 class on Saturday as outside linebacker Jonathan Perkins announced his pledge to the Bruins.

Perkins, an outside linebacker/strong safety from Summit High in Fontana, is the third commit for the 2019 class, joining defensive back Chris Steele from St. John Bosco and wide receiver Kameron Brown from Colleyville, Texas.

Perkins had offers from Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska and Utah.

Here are Perkins’ sophomore highlights:

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NBA Draft links: Lonzo Ball favorite to win Rookie of the Year

Lonzo Ball is the favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year next season. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Despite competition including two No. 1 overall picks, former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball has the best odds to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award next season.

The No. 2 overall pick of the Lakers at Thursday’s NBA draft was given 5/2 odds to win the award by oddsmaker Bovada. Ben Simmons, the 2016 No. 1 overall pick who missed all of last season due to injury, has 3/1 odds and is followed by 76ers teammate Markelle Fultz, the 2017 No. 1 overall pick at 5/1 odds.

2017-2018 NBA Rookie of the Year – Odds to Win
Lonzo Ball, Lakers (UCLA) – 5/2
Ben Simmons, 76ers (LSU) – 3/1
Markelle Fultz, 76ers (Washington) – 5/1
De’Aaron Fox, Kings (Kentucky) – 7/1
Josh Jackson, Suns (Kansas) – 9/1
Jayson Tatum, Celtics (Duke) – 9/1
Jonathan Isaac, Magic (Florida State) – 16/1
Malik Monk, Hornets (Kentucky) – 16/1
Dennis Smith, Mavericks (NC State) – 16/1

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NBA draft: TJ Leaf, Ike Anigbogu land on opposite ends of spectrum

UCLA freshman TJ Leaf was selected 18th overall in Thursday’s NBA draft, but classmate Ike Anigbogu slipped to the 47th pick. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

It turns out TJ Leaf’s decision to declare for the NBA draft did indeed deserve less skepticism than that of UCLA classmate Ike Anigbogu – just not for the reasons we thought.

Both UCLA freshmen were selected by the Indiana Pacers in Thursday’s NBA draft. Leaf was the 18th overall pick and Anigbogu, a projected first-rounder, slipped to the 17th pick of the second round, 47th overall.

Concern about Anigbogu’s surgically repaired knee was reportedly the cause for the 6-foot-10, 252-pound center’s slide nearly an entire round later than his projections. There was little mention of his knee while Anigbogu was weighing his options after the season, which was understandable considering his meniscus surgery on Oct. 25 was minor enough for him to return to game action Nov. 25.

A sprained foot shelved Anigbogu for the only other game he missed the remainder of the season, a March 17 first-round NCAA tournament contest. In other words, he played four months of college basketball without knee issues only for concern to crop up shortly before the NBA draft. Continue reading “NBA draft: TJ Leaf, Ike Anigbogu land on opposite ends of spectrum” »

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UCLA football adds third OL commit in past week

In his first full recruiting cycle with UCLA, offensive line coach Hank Fraley is off to a hot start.

Fraley picked up his third offensive line commit in the past week Thursday as three-star offensive guard Marco Brewer announced his pledge to the Bruins on Twitter.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Brewer, from Corvallis, Ore., also had offers from Washington State, Oregon State, Hawai’i and Air Force, among others. Scout.com ranks him the No. 1 offensive guard in Oregon for the class of 2018.

UCLA picked up commits from fellow offensive linemen Jason Dickson and Chris Bleich during the past week. The Bruins have four committed offensive linemen for this class and 12 commits total.

Here are Brewer’s junior year highlights:

Here are UCLA’s 12 commits so far: Continue reading “UCLA football adds third OL commit in past week” »

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