San Marcos WR Kyle Phillips commits to UCLA

Wide receiver Kyle Phillips announced his commitment to UCLA on Friday, giving the Bruins their first offensive skill player for the 2018 recruiting class.

Phillips also had offers from Arizona State, Arizona, Cal, Oregon, Utah and Washington State, among others. The 5-foot-11, 176-pound prospect from San Marcos High is the No. 7 receiver in California and No. 9 in the West, according to Scout.com. He’s a four-star recruit according to Scout and a three-star by Rivals’ rankings.

UCLA did not sign any receivers in the 2017 class, but will be losing at least four players from the group after this season. Darren Andrews, Eldridge Massington, Alex Van Dyke and Mossi Johnson are all entering their final years of eligibility. Andrews’ graduation will open the starting spot at slot receiver, where Phillips could contribute.

UCLA now has six verbal commits for the 2018 class: safeties Jhevon Hill and Cam’ron Jones, offensive lineman Blake McDonald, athlete Isaiah Johnson and defensive lineman Aaron Maldonado.

Phillips’ junior year highlights:

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UCLA spring football day 10: A real spring game

Head coach Jim Mora is planning to have an official spring scrimmage for the team’s spring showcase. (Photo by Brittany Murray/SCNG)

There’s no telling how UCLA’s next four practices will go, but if they go according to plan, the team’s final spring practice will be its first official spring game in three years.

Head coach Jim Mora said he plans on having a scrimmage between blue and white teams on April 29 at Drake Stadium during the Spring Showcase, barring significant injuries.

Mora opted to skip the scrimmage format for the spring showcase during the past two years due to injury concerns, but is encouraged by UCLA’s current health status as DeChaun Holiday (shoulder) suffered the only significant injury of spring practice so far.

More on the possible spring showcase format and the backup quarterback competition

Video interviews

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Eldridge Massington, Matt Lynch after practice April 20

Receiver Eldridge Massington talks about the deal he made with his coaches to not go to the track on his off days anymore, the difference with the new coaching staff and moving on after last year’s disappointment.

Quarterback Matt Lynch talks about the backup competition, what he learned while he was redshirting and how he’s changed his throwing motion.

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