UCLA caps 2016 class with five-star linebacker Mique Juarez

Five-star linebacker Mique Juarez has picked UCLA, marking the biggest addition to the Bruins’ impressive 2016 recruiting class.

The North Torrance High star announced his decision on Wednesday afternoon, picking up a UCLA hat over Alabama, Ole Miss and BYU. He is just the second top-10 consensus national prospect to join the Bruins during Jim Mora’s tenure, following quarterback Josh Rosen.

Juarez was a two-way threat in high school, and could quickly fill the type of dynamic role that Myles Jack did at UCLA for a little over two seasons before tearing his meniscus this past September.

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Three-star offensive guard Francisco Perez commits to UCLA

Three-star offensive guard Francisco “Paco” Perez has flipped his commitment from Cal to UCLA, giving the Bruins some more depth up front.

The Baldwin Park High product announced his decision on Wednesday morning in an on-campus ceremony, then sent his signed letter of intent just a few minutes later. Scout.com ranks him as the third-best offensive guard prospect in California.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman may not see immediate playing time, but could very well feature into the two-deep rotation during practices. UCLA could use more depth on the interior after losing three-year starter Alex Redmond as an early entry into the NFL draft, as well as freshman Fred Ulu-Perry as a transfer to Hawaii.

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Four-star receiver Audie Omotosho commits to UCLA

After losing four of its top five pass catchers, UCLA made a big push to add more.

The Bruins now have six receivers committed to its 2016 class, adding Plano East product Adewale Omotosho to the haul on Wednesday morning. The 6-foot-2, 189-pound wideout joins a receiving corps that already includes top-20 prospects in Theo Howard — who is already enrolled — and Damian Alloway, who committed last week.

The prospect of playing with star quarterback Josh Rosen almost certainly factored into their decisions.

Omotosho is considered a four-star recruit by Scout, as well as one of the top-10 high school receivers in Texas. Rivals ranks him as a three-star recruit.

He is also the third player in a little over a year to make the journey to Westwood from Plano, Texas. Running back Brandon Stephens of Plano Senior High had picked UCLA an hour earlier, while former Plano West star Soso Jamabo totaled 404 rushing yards for the Bruins as a true freshman this past fall.

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Four-star running back Brandon Stephens commits to UCLA

For the second straight year, UCLA has landed another top running back from Plano, Texas.

After reopening the recruiting process again in late January, Brandon Stephens officially announced his commitment to the Bruins on Wednesday morning in a ceremony at Plano Senior High. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound prospect is the first tailback to join UCLA’s 2016 class, which already has fullback Jalen Starks.

Scout ranks Stephens as a four-star recruit and one of the top 10 running backs coming out of Texas, while Rivals slots him at three stars while giving him the No. 20 spot at his position nationally. He had decommitted from Stanford less than two weeks ago.

UCLA running back Soso Jamabo, who could vie for the starting job vacated by former Pac-12 rushing leader Paul Perkins, starred at Plano West High before joining the Bruins as a five-star recruit. Jamabo rushed for 404 yards and four touchdowns as a true freshman, though he did most of his work in the fourth quarter.

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