QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson commits to UCLA

Heading into what could be Josh Rosen‘s final year in college, UCLA secured a big quarterback pledge Sunday as Bishop Gorman’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson announced his commitment to the Bruins.

Despite having never started a game at quarterback, Thompson-Robinson is still a sought-after recruit. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound quarterback sat behind now-Ohio State freshman Tate Martell for the past two years, but is still a four-star prospect according to ESPN, Scout.com and Rivals. ESPN ranks him the third-best dual-threat quarterback in the country and Rivals has him second.

Thompson-Robinson picked UCLA over Michigan while also having Pac-12 offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Oregon and Utah. Tennessee, Alabama and Florida State were also among the suitors for Thompson-Robinson.

Thompson-Robinson is UCLA’s eighth verbal commitment for the class of 2018. The Bruins also have pledges from safeties Jhevon Hill and Cam’ron Jones, offensive lineman Blake McDonald, athlete Isaiah Johnson, defensive lineman Aaron Maldonado, wide receiver Kyle Phillips, and running back AJ Carter.

Here are Thompson-Robinson’s junior year highlights

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UCLA spring football week 3 wrap up

Quarterback Josh Rosen (in yellow) throws a pass in practice. (Photo by Brittany Murray/SCNG)

After three weeks of practice, it’s the time to stop thinking and start playing. Rapid installation of a new offense left heads spinning, but the coaching staff took a step back this past week to help the offense take vital steps forward.

“I can see them playing a little bit faster,” offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said Saturday. “That’s usually the indicator of knowing it a little bit better: less thinking, more doing.”

The defense is finding its new stars. Adarius Pickett was tabbed as the secondary’s new Fabian Moreau by defensive backs coach Demetrice MartinJaelan Phillips and Darnay Holmes continue to live up to their five-star billing as the pair of freshmen already started to rotate into the No. 1 defense.

Here are links to wrap up the third week of spring practice. The final week starts Monday at 4 p.m. Continue reading “UCLA spring football week 3 wrap up” »

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Three-star RB AJ Carter commits to UCLA

DeShaun Foster secured his first commitment as UCLA’s running backs coach Saturday as three-star recruit AJ Carter announced his pledge to the Bruins on Twitter.

Carter, a 6-foot, 220-pound back from Louisiana, held an offer to Texas Tech from Foster before the former UCLA running back took the coaching position with the Bruins. Carter also had offers from Arkansas, Arizona State, Missouri and Mississippi State, among others.

The Bruins, who didn’t sign any running backs in the 2017 class, will lose at least one after this year with the graduation of Nate Starks.

Carter is UCLA’s second verbal commit in as many days and seventh overall. UCLA also has commitments from safeties Jhevon Hill and Cam’ron Jones, offensive lineman Blake McDonald, athlete Isaiah Johnson, defensive lineman Aaron Maldonado and wide receiver Kyle Phillips.

Here is Carter’s highlight tape:

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UCLA spring football day 11: Team focused on repetition in 11-on-11s

UCLA’s Eldridge Massington, pictured in a 2014 practice, said UCLA’s receivers are more focused on run blocking this year with new coach Jimmie Dougherty. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

The timing may not have looked ideal for Jimmie Dougherty, but the affection he has held for UCLA for more than a decade was too strong to ignore.

After less than two months as Oregon’s wide receivers coach, Dougherty flew south to Westwood to take the same position at UCLA this season. Since arriving, he’s jumped head on into improving UCLA’s inconsistent receivers group while providing offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch a vital familiar face as they install a new offense.

More on how Dougherty fell in love with UCLA as a San Diego assistant coach and what he brings to the Bruins.

Video interview with Fisch

Here are notes/observations from practice today: Continue reading “UCLA spring football day 11: Team focused on repetition in 11-on-11s” »

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