UCLA adds four-star cornerback Jordan Parker to 2016 class

Earlier this month, UCLA secondary coach Demetrice Martin said he’s currently in charge of his deepest defensive backfield yet. On Friday, he secured yet another player who can help the Bruins sustain both quality and quantity.

Four-star cornerback Jordan Parker, a standout at Pittsburg High in Northern California, announced his verbal commitment to UCLA. The 5-foot-11, 184-pound prospect is the first player at his position to join the Bruins’ 2016 class, which already included seven other recruits.

Rivals.com ranks Parker as one of the country’s top 16 cornerbacks, while Scout.com puts him at No. 9 nationally and the best at his position in the West.

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UCLA sets home-and-home series against Cincinnati in 2018, 2019

UCLA has scheduled a home-and-home series against Cincinnati, set for the 2018 and 2019. The first game will be played at the Rose Bowl as the season opener, while the next game will be at Nippert Stadium.

Cincinnati athletic director Mike Bohn first announced those plans on Thursday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, but said then that the series was tentatively scheduled for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

The games will mark the first-ever meetings between the Bruins and the Bearcats.

This is how UCLA’s nonconference schedule is currently constructed for the next decade: Continue reading

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VIDEO: Bill Roth explains why he left Virginia Tech for UCLA

Bill Roth spent nearly three decades at Virginia Tech, but left Blacksburg to become UCLA’s new play-by-play announcer this week. After the Bruins’ practice on April 23, he talked about why he decided to make the move, when he knew about the possibility, and some of his career influences.

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UCLA spring camp notes: Bruins wrap up last day at Spaulding Field

» For someone who has yet to play a down at UCLA, Asiantii Woulard’s career as a Bruin has seen its share of ups and downs. He committed late to the Bruins in the 2013 cycle, reputed to be a talented athlete but raw passer. Then, he opened eyes during the first week of preseason camp, making himself look like an underrecruited gem. And then, he faded — eventually hitting a wall that kept him from even being a backup last season.

So he deserves some credit for making a bit of noise this spring. Woulard had a rough start to spring camp, a stretch of the quarterback competition that was seized early by the precocious Josh Rosen. But halfway through, he finally broke out — completing what Jim Mora later called the best Woulard had looked in a UCLA jersey. (It’s worth mentioning that, on that day, Rosen still looked the best of the four quarterbacks.)

Since then, the 6-foot-3 quarterback has put together a decent — albeit still uneven — finish to his spring. Thursday’s morning practice was a microcosm of that. During 11-on-11s, Woulard made the best throw of the day by any UCLA passer: a bomb to Kenny Walker on a go route that he placed perfectly beyond cornerback Fabian Moreau. But a few minutes later, Woulard threw into the flat for what would have been a bad pick — had Johnny Johnson not let it bounce off his hands. Overall, however, the former four-star recruit is definitely trending up.

Taking into consideration everything that’s happened this spring, Josh Rosen still looks like the best choice to start at quarterback. Continue reading

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