UCLA lands linebacker Lokeni Toailoa, athlete Demetric Felton

Signing Day is almost a year away, but UCLA is already pulling in some big-time 2016 recruits.

Four-star inside linebacker Lokeni Toailoa was one of two players who committed to the Bruins on Monday, bringing their total verbal commitments to six. Three of those are ranked top-15 at their position according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com.

Toailoa is rated the second-best inside linebacker in the country by both recruiting services, and is a star at Rialto Carter High — the alma mater of UCLA defensive tackle Kenny Clark. He picked the Bruins over USC.

“It’s a great fit for me and my family,” Toailoa said. “It’s right down the street. … It wasn’t really the coaches. Football coaches come and go, but I could just see myself as a Bruin.”

Linebacker depth was a need following the departure of Butkus Award winner Eric Butkus, and Toailoa joins four-star prospect Khrys Barnes and five-star defensive end/outside linebacker Breland Brandt as the next members of a growing pipeline.

Also announcing for UCLA on Monday was three-star athlete Demetric Felton. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder from Temecula Great Oak is a top-50 recruit in California, and is expected to play slot receiver for the Bruins.

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UCLA suspends Adrian Klemm due to alleged NCAA violations

UCLA has suspended offensive line coach Adrian Klemm due to allegations of NCAA violations.

Here’s the full statement from the school:

“UCLA was recently made aware of alleged NCAA rules violations involving Adrian Klemm, a member of the UCLA Football coaching staff. UCLA immediately reported this information to the NCAA and to the Pac-12 Conference and has placed Klemm on suspension with pay. UCLA will continue to work jointly and cooperate fully with the NCAA while this matter is being reviewed and to protect the integrity of the process, will have no further comment at this time.”

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Four-star linebacker Krys Barnes commits to UCLA

Four-star linebacker Krys Barnes committed to UCLA today, becoming the fourth player to join the Bruins’ 2016 class and the second at his position.

The soon-to-be senior at Liberty High in Bakersfield is rated the No. 12 inside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 8 middle linebacker by Scout.com. The former also has him as a top-40 recruit at any position in California. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker had 130 tackles, five forced fumbles and an interception as a junior.

The rest of the Bruins’ current recruiting class consists of five-star linebacker Breland Brandt, four-star receiver/defensive back Michael Pittman, and longsnapper Johnny Den Bleyker.

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Tom Bradley could earn more than $1 million in two years at UCLA

When Tom Bradley decided to move across the country to become UCLA’s new defensive coordinator last month, he signed a two-year contract that will guarantee him $975,000. Including bonuses, his total earnings could top $1 million.

The longtime Penn State assistant coach had most recently worked at West Virginia, where served as associate head coach. According to MetroNews, his contract there was similar: a guaranteed $1 million in base salary over two years, although $600,000 was paid in the first season.

His new contract with UCLA gives him $475,000 in base pay through June 30, 2016, and then $500,000 through June 30, 2017. He received a $25,000 signing bonus, and will be paid $10,000 annually for working camps and clinics. The latter figure may be prorated if he does not work every camp.

Bradley can also earn up to $100,000 in performance bonuses. Continue reading

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