UCLA loses three more commits

UCLA’s coaching change continues to reset the school’s current recruiting class as four-star safety Cam’ron Jones, three-star linebacker Kolin Demens and three-star running back Lentivone Lesane all announced they have decommitted from UCLA on Monday.

Jones, viewed as a key part of UCLA’s 2018 recruiting class because he was an out-of-state catch for defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin, recently hosted Mississippi coaches at his family’s home in Mansfield, Texas. He has been committed to the Bruins since April, but also has offers from Oklahoma, Colorado, Baylor and Texas Tech.

Bruin Report Online reported Monday that Martin would not be retained under new head coach Chip Kelly. Martin is one of the staff’s best recruiters and was key in reeling in top prospects like Darnay Holmes and four-star cornerback Elijah Gates last year. Continue reading “UCLA loses three more commits” »

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UCLA links: Jaylen Hands leads Bruins to rout over Detroit Mercy

UCLA Bruins guard Jaylen Hands (4) goes under the basket for a layup during the game between the Detroit Mercy Titans and the UCLA Bruins on December 03, 2017, at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Dennis/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

Jaylen Hands wasn’t close to 100 percent. He would never almost miss a dunk like he did in the first half against Detroit Mercy if he was at full strength.

But even with his explosiveness compromised by a left foot sprain, Hands had a career-high 23 points with nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in UCLA’s 106-73 rout over Detroit Mercy on Sunday at Pauley Pavilion.

He came off the bench for the second straight game and gave the Bruins (7-1) an immediate lift, scoring 13 points in an eight-minute span during the first half. The one thing that frustrated him about the game was a dunk when he said he had to hang on the rim because he didn’t think he got enough height.

“No more of that,” he said. “That made me mad.”

More from UCLA’s blowout win

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UCLA rebuilds OL class with three-star tackle Alec Anderson

UCLA got the first part of its new offensive line group for the 2018 recruiting class on Sunday as three-star offensive lineman Alec Anderson flipped his commitment from Washington State to the Bruins.

Anderson, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound tackle from Etiwanda High, told the Daily Bulletin that he was worried about Washington State head coach Mike Leach‘s job status in Pullman as Leach was connected with several high-profile coaching vacancies last week.

The Bruins lost a commitment from Trey Stratford on Sunday morning, who was the last of the five offensive linemen who had committed under Jim Mora to back away from UCLA. Anderson is Chip Kelly’s second commit after the new head coach also got a pledge from speedy running back Kazmeir Allen.

Anderson said he attended a camp at UCLA, but never officially received an offer from Mora’s staff. He was also considering Arizona State and Oregon State.

Anderson’s senior highlights:

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UCLA football will face Kansas State in Cactus Bowl

UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen passes against the USC Trojans during the second half of an NCAA college football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. USC Trojans won 28-23. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

UCLA was selected to play in the Cactus Bowl against Kansas State on Dec. 26 in Chase Field in Phoenix at 6 p.m. PT.

The Bruins (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12) inched into a bowl with a 30-27 win over Cal in their regular season finale to earn their fifth bowl game in six years, missing one last year for the first time during the Jim Mora era.

UCLA has never played in the Cactus Bowl.

More on UCLA’s bowl game.

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UCLA loses last OL commit Trey Stratford to Stanford

UCLA seemingly wrapped up its offensive line recruiting class by July. Now, the Bruins are without a single offensive line commit for the 2018 group after three-star prospect Trey Stratford flipped to Stanford on Sunday.

Stratford committed to UCLA on June 24 as UCLA’s fifth offensive lineman for this class. The group started to fall apart in November though as junior college transfer Jason Dickson and Northern California product Blake McDonald backed out when whispers of Jim Mora‘s job security started to pick up after UCLA lost to Washington. Chris Bleich flipped to Florida last week, citing coaching uncertainty, then Stratford announced his pledge to Stanford.

The Bruins also recruited Corvallis, Ore., prospect Marco Brewer, but the three-star recruit was charged with rape during the summer and didn’t play high-school football as a senior.

Stratford seemingly doubled-down on his UCLA commitment only a few days ago in a now-deleted tweet that said he was planning to sign on Dec. 20 during the early signing period and was excited to play for “his future coach” Hank Fraley. Chip Kelly‘s new coaching staff is not yet set, but there have been indications that the new head coach is expected to retain several of Mora’s former assistants.

With less than three weeks before the signing period, UCLA’s recruiting class is in major flux. The Bruins have also lost running back AJ Carter, a three-star prospect from Louisiana. Carter said told the Shreveport Times he has backed off his UCLA pledge and is now looking for an offense that suits his skill set more.

Four-star safety Cam’ron Jones also seems to be exploring his options. The Texas native recently received an offer from Mississippi.

Despite many changes around him, cornerback Stephan Blaylock told the Long Beach Press-Telegram he is still with the Bruins.

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