Four-star offensive guard Josh Wariboko commits to UCLA

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Four-star offensive guard Josh Wariboko has committed to UCLA, continuing the Bruins’ huge stretch run to close their 2015 signing class.

Ranked the top recruit in the state of Oklahoma, Wariboko picked UCLA over the home state Sooners and national champion Ohio State. He said the fact that the Bruins had already secured top recruits such as five-star quarterback Josh Rosen made the decision easier for him and his family.

“I saw the energy, the belief in what Jim Mora and his staff had going on down there,” the 6-foot-3, 314-pound lineman said during his announcement on ESPNU.

UCLA also reeled in tight end Chris Clark and running back Soso Jamabo, ranked No. 1 at their respective positions by Scout.com.

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Receiver Ryan Newsome flips from UCLA to Texas

After initially committing to UCLA almost two weeks ago, receiver Ryan Newsome flipped to Texas on Wednesday.

Newsome is the second receiver UCLA has lost on signing day, taking a little bit of air out of what has otherwise been a huge morning for the Bruins — one that has included the commitments of No. 1 tight end Chris Clark and No. 1 running back Soso Jamabo. Four-star prospect L.J. Reed will be attending a junior college instead of UCLA.

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UCLA has received 2015 national letters of intent from …

QB Josh Rosen (enrolled)
OT Zach Bateman (enrolled)
RB Soso Jamabo
OT Andre James
DB Will Lockett
DE Keisean Lucier-South
OG Tevita Halalilo
RB Bolu Olorunfunmi
DB DeChaun Holiday
ATH Stephen Johnson III
DE Rick Wade
DB Octavius Spencer
TE Chris Clark
DB Colin Samuel
C Fred Ulu-Perry
LB Josh Woods
WR Cordell Broadus
OG Josh Wariboko
S Nathan Meadors

This is UCLA’s complete 2015 recruiting class, unless something develops with linebacker Raquon Smith.

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No. 1 running back Soso Jamabo commits to UCLA

No. 1 running back Soso Jamabo committed to UCLA over Texas — putting two Bruin hats on the table during his announcement on ESPNU.

That followed an announcement from top tight end Chris Clark, continuing a huge recruiting morning for head coach Jim Mora and his staff. With the two in fold, the Bruins’ 2015 class includes the No. 1-ranked recruits at not just running back and tight end, but also quarterback (Josh Rosen, already enrolled) and center (Fred Ulu-Perry).

Jamabo also sent his letter of intent to UCLA just minutes after his announcement, making him the first Bruin to officially sign today.

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Linebacker Victor Alexander officially flips from to Georgia Tech

Three-star linebacker Victor Alexander officially sent his letter of intent to Georgia Tech, ending what had once been over a year-long commitment to UCLA.

The Jacksonville native gave a verbal to the Yellow Jackets on Saturday, during a visit to the Atlanta campus, but was unclear with how firm his commitment was in either direction afterward.

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No. 1 tight end Chris Clark commits to UCLA

No. 1 tight end Chris Clark has committed to UCLA, giving the Bruins a big start to National Signing Day.

The 6-foot-5, 253-pound Connecticut native picked Los Angeles over Michigan, which had made a hard push for him after hiring former 49ers and Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.

“I have an unbelievable relationship with UCLA’s coaches,” Clark said on ESPNU. “Coach Mora has basically become a second dad for me these last few weeks.”

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What’s still in play for UCLA on Signing Day?

About 14 hours from now, the first of UCLA’s remaining recruits will make his announcement on ESPNU — kicking off a day that could push the Bruins to a top-five class. I’ll post updates here throughout the day, including a live chat that starts running at 5 a.m. Head coach Jim Mora is scheduled to talk to reporters later in the afternoon.

Here’s a look again at the schedule of announcements:

Tight end Chris Clark
Announcement: 5:30 a.m. PT, ESPNU
Still a two-horse race between UCLA and Michigan, this announcement might be the most dramatic one of the day for Bruin fans.

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Donation pushes UCLA’s football facility fundraising to $53 million

An eight-figure donation has pushed UCLA’s football facility fundraising $3 million past its original goal — but $12 million behind its new target.

The athletic department announced on Monday that Jim and Carol Collins had donated $10 million toward the new football facility, bumping the fundraising total to more than $53 million in cash and pledges.

The Wasserman Football Center, scheduled to break ground in fall 2015, was budgeted at $50 million when the project was announced in September 2013. After receiving its latest donation, UCLA athletic department stated that it has set a new goal of $65 million in private funding — a “phase two” that it said “will allow for first-rate finishes, furniture, branding and technology.” Continue reading

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Four-star cornerback DeChaun Holiday commits to UCLA

Four-star cornerback DeChaun Holiday announced his commitment to UCLA today, giving the Bruins a big piece to use in the secondary.

The 6-foot-2, 208-pound recruit is No. 102 in the nation, according to Rivals.com., and No. 76 according to Scout.com.

Holiday is the fourth defensive back in UCLA’s 2015 class, joining four-star prospect Colin Samuel and three-star recruits Octavius Spencer and Will Lockett.

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