Myles Jack named a Sporting News preseason All-American

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is the only Bruin picked by the Sporting News as a preseason All-American. He is pictured here during UCLA's 42-30 loss to Oregon on Oct. 11, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is the only Bruin picked by the Sporting News as a preseason All-American. He is pictured here during UCLA’s 42-30 loss to Oregon on Oct. 11, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack was picked as a preseason All-American by the Sporting News, his second such honor this month.

The junior was a second-team selection, echoing his spot on Phil Steele’s list two weeks ago, and was the only Bruin picked.

Three Pac-12 players made the Sporting News’ preseason All-American first team: Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, and USC safety Su’a Cravens.

Joining Jack on the second team are Cal kick returner Trevor Davis, Utah punter Tom Hackett, and USC center Max Tuerk and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson.

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JJ Molson commits to UCLA as the Bruins’ kicker of the future

UCLA has found its next kicker.

The Bruins received a commitment from JJ Molson on Thursday morning, one day after they extended a scholarship offer to the Montreal native. Molson is currently ranked the No. 2 kicker in the class of 2016 by Chris Sailer, the country’s foremost evaluator of the position.

Molson will arrive on campus to succeed Ka’imi Fairbairn, who is entering his senior season. Fairbairn has been reliable from short range throughout his career, but is 11 of 22 on attempts of at least 40 yards.

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Four-star athlete Michael Pittman decommits from UCLA

Four-star athlete Michael Pittman decommitted from UCLA on Wednesday, eight months after he initially joined the Bruins’ 2016 class.

Pittman was the first recruit to verbally commit to UCLA in the current recruiting cycle. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect could play either safety or receiver in college.

The Oaks Christian standout is the son of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Michael Pittman. His announcement to decommit from UCLA came about an hour after the Bruins landed four-star recruit Dymond Lee.

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Dymond Lee commits to UCLA as a dual-threat quarterback

UCLA needs to fill out its quarterback depth chart. And it’s going to try and do so with one of the state’s best receiver prospects.

West Hill Chaminade’s Dymond Lee committed to the Bruins’ 2016 class on Wednesday, telling Bruin Report Online that he was doing so as a passer rather than a pass-catcher. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Lee is ranked a four-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, with the latter slotting him as one of the top 30 national prospects at receiver.

This is an interesting verbal commitment for several reasons — not least of which being Lee’s limited game experience behind center. Primarily a receiver at Chaminade, he was second on the team with 616 yards and 33 catches. He also rushed for 117 yards on 16 carries.

When he did line up as a quarterback in a Wildcat package, he usually took off running. As a junior, Lee only threw 10 passes all season, completing six of them for 97 yards. He is expected to play more quarterback as a senior. Continue reading

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