Jordan Patterson, 2019 WR/DB, commits to UCLA

It didn’t take long for Jordan Patterson to settle on his college choice. The 2019 wide receiver/defensive back from Arcadia High landed an offer from UCLA on June 23, then announced his commitment to the Bruins exactly one month later, on Sunday night.

Patterson also had an offer from USC. He is UCLA’s fourth commit for the 2019 class, joining defensive back Chris Steele, receiver Kameron Brown and linebacker Jonathan Perkins.

Patterson attended Hawkins High as a sophomore, but could not play due to CIF City Section transfer rules, according to Scout.com.

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UCLA football 2017 schedule preview: Arizona State

Arizona State’s Kalen Ballage, right, runs with the ball as UCLA’s Adarius Pickett (6) moves in for the tackle during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona State at UCLA
Saturday, Nov. 11 | Rose Bowl

Arizona State answered its first major question for the 2017 season last week: Manny Wilkins is its starting quarterback. Now to address its defense, which gave up the most points per game over a full season in school history last year, the rest of its offense, which is led by its third coordinator in as many years, and the special teams unit that lost one of the best field goal kickers in FBS history.

Like UCLA, the Sun Devils (5-7, 2-7 Pac-12 last year) have struggled mightily in the past two years. Head coach Todd Graham didn’t get his usual one-year contract extension this year, seemingly leaving the head coach on the hot seat with new coordinators on both offense and defense heading into his sixth year in Tempe.

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Where UCLA figures land on SCNG’s 50 Most Powerful in SoCal Sports

Clockwise from top left: UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, point guard Lonzo Ball, football head coach Jim Mora and athletic director Dan Guerrero were all named to the SCNG’s list of 50 Most Powerful in SoCal Sports. (Photos by Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News, Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Brittany Murray/Daily Breeze, and Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

With new football and basketball facilities opening on campus this year, athletic director Dan Guerrero moved up one spot in the Southern California New Group’s list of the 50 Most Powerful in SoCal Sports. Guerrero, ranked 23rd this year, leads a group of UCLA figures on the annual list.

Others with UCLA ties:

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UCLA football 2017 schedule preview: Utah

Utah quarterback Troy Williams (3) tries to slip away from UCLA linebacker Kenny Young (42) last year at the Rose Bowl. Williams returns to the Utes with a new offensive coordinator in 2017. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Press-Telegram/SCNG)

UCLA at Utah
Friday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. PT, FS1/FOX Deportes | Rice-Eccles Stadium

Despite 28 wins over the past three seasons and three straight bowl wins, Utah is the last school without an outright Pac-12 South championship.

“We’re not going to apologize for winning nine-plus games the last three years, but we want to win a championship,” head coach Kyle Whittingham told Athlon Sports. “We’ve got to find a way to break through.”

The Utes tied for the title division title in 2015, but watched USC play in the championship game due to the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Whittingham hopes new offensive coordinator Troy Taylor can be the difference. Taylor was the quarterbacks coach at Eastern Washington last year and called plays for the Eagles as they set FCS records in passing yards (5,160) and total offense (5,766). The Utes (9-4, 5-4 Pac-12 last year) have ranked in the bottom half of the conference in passing offense in each of the past three years.

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UCLA football 2017 schedule preview: Washington

Chris Petersen led Washington to the College Football Playoff in his third year as the program’s head coach. (Ted S. Warren AP)

UCLA at Washington
Saturday, Oct. 28 | Husky Stadium

Jim Mora once said the head coaching job at Washington was his “dream job.” In 2014, the UCLA head coach passed on the chance to return to his alma mater, which cleared the way for Chris Petersen to take the job. Three years later, Petersen’s Huskies are coming off a College Football Playoff berth and their first conference title in 16 years.

The Huskies (12-2, 8-1 Pac-12 last year) reached the Pac-12’s pinnacle and now are fighting to stay there. UW’s success cost the team four early entrants in the 2017 NFL Draft, including star wide receiver John Ross (ninth overall pick) and second-round defensive backs Budda Baker and Sidney Jones, and two assistant coaches, who were hired by NFL teams.

“To me, it is much harder to stay up near the top than get there,” Petersen told the Seattle Times. “These guys don’t know that, but I do. So that’ll be the next step.

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