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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UCLA’s Jake Brendel, Fabian Moreau to attend Pac-12 Media Days

UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau (10) will help represent the Bruins at Pac-12 Media Days. He is pictured here defending former UCLA receiver Devin Lucien during spring practice on Apr. 16, 2014. (Brad Graverson/Staff)

UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau (10) will help represent the Bruins at Pac-12 Media Days. He is pictured here defending former UCLA receiver Devin Lucien during spring practice on Apr. 16, 2014. (Brad Graverson/Staff)

At Pac-12 Media Days next month, UCLA will be represented by center Jake Brendel and cornerback Fabian Moreau.

The event expanded to two days for the first time in 2014, and will remain in that format at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank on July 30-31. Head coach Jim Mora and his two players are scheduled to speak on the first day at 10:50 a.m.

The Bruins have customarily brought veteran players to the conference’s first major press event of the season, and this year is no exception. Brendel is an easy pick as a team captain, one who has started 39 of 40 possible games in the middle of the offensive line.

That Moreau is attending rather than linebacker Myles Jack is a bit of a surprise, but the cornerback is one of the few seniors with starting experience. The former running back was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection last season, but put together an underwhelming campaign given his preseason hype.

See the full Pac-12 Media Days schedule below: Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Utah and Duke to play at Madison Square Garden

» After falling in the Sweet 16, Utah will get another shot at Duke this December at Madison Square Garden.

» Famed Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar is facing doping allegations, including ones surrounding former Oregon runner and Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp. ProPublica and the BBC collaborated on the investigation.

» Theo Robertson, who was a part of Cal’s conference title team in 2010, is now a video intern for the Golden State Warriors.

» Former UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin now works in the Notre Dame athletic department. He talked to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about adjusting to life after football. Continue reading

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