JuCo DB/LB Je’Vari Anderson commits to UCLA

UCLA plucked another prospect from high-school powerhouse De La Salle on Wednesday as safety/linebacker Je’Vari Anderson announced his verbal commitment to the Bruins for the 2018 recruiting class.

Anderson went to Laney College out of De La Salle, the Bay Area school that also produced UCLA defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa and tight end Devin Asiasi. The 6-foot, 220-pound recruit is head coach Chip Kelly’s 14th known verbal commit for the 2018 class with two weeks left until National Signing Day.

During two seasons at Laney, Anderson had 32 tackles and three interceptions. He was also considering Kansas State, Cincinnati and UNLV.

Kelly’s recruiting class ranks 31st in the country and fourth in the Pac-12, according to 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. With eight commits already signed, the Bruins can ink the remainder of their recruiting class on Feb. 7, the first day of the traditional signing period.

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UCLA links: Chip Kelly finalizes coaching staff

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) stands with senior analyst Dana Bible before a preseason NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Chip Kelly‘s to-do list got one task shorter Tuesday as he finalized his coaching staff.

The new head coach announced three new hires, led by Dana Bible, who will take over as quarterbacks coach. Bible, a well-traveled assistant coach who has offensive coordinator experience in college and the NFL, will oversee UCLA’s quarterback competition this spring as the Bruins look for a new starter to replace Josh Rosen.

UCLA also officially announced the hires of Roy Manning (outside linebackers/special teams) and Vince Oghobaase (defensive line) on Tuesday and added that Jimmie Dougherty, DeShaun Foster and Hank Fraley would be returning under Kelly in the same positions they held last season. Angus McClure will return and coach tight ends.

More on UCLA’s full coaching staff

Other links:

  • NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah has Rosen at No. 7 in his top 50 prospects for the NFL draft
  • Kam Brown, a receiver from Texas in the class of 2019, decommitted from UCLA. Brown is the son of Larry Brown, a three-time Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl XXX MVP. All four of UCLA’s early verbal commitments for the class of 2019 have backed off their pledges. Signing Day for the 2018 class comes Feb. 7.

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