Five-star running back Soso Jamabo enrolls at UCLA

Five-star running back Soso Jamabo has enrolled as a Bruin, according to the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

One of the top recruits in the class of 2015, the Dallas-area native had been arrested on April 19 in Kemp, Texas, for fleeing the police in a vehicle. Head coach Jim Mora had declined to comment on Jamabo’s status back then, saying that he didn’t have all the necessary information.

However, Mora also vouched for the teenager’s character during an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show on April 27. Continue reading

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UCLA’s Jake Brendel, Fabian Moreau to attend Pac-12 Media Days

UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau (10) will help represent the Bruins at Pac-12 Media Days. He is pictured here defending former UCLA receiver Devin Lucien during spring practice on Apr. 16, 2014. (Brad Graverson/Staff)

UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau (10) will help represent the Bruins at Pac-12 Media Days. He is pictured here defending former UCLA receiver Devin Lucien during spring practice on Apr. 16, 2014. (Brad Graverson/Staff)

At Pac-12 Media Days next month, UCLA will be represented by center Jake Brendel and cornerback Fabian Moreau.

The event expanded to two days for the first time in 2014, and will remain in that format at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank on July 30-31. Head coach Jim Mora and his two players are scheduled to speak on the first day at 10:50 a.m.

The Bruins have customarily brought veteran players to the conference’s first major press event of the season, and this year is no exception. Brendel is an easy pick as a team captain, one who has started 39 of 40 possible games in the middle of the offensive line.

That Moreau is attending rather than linebacker Myles Jack is a bit of a surprise, but the cornerback is one of the few seniors with starting experience. The former running back was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection last season, but put together an underwhelming campaign given his preseason hype.

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UCLA quarterback Asiantii Woulard decides to transfer out

UCLA quarterback Asiantii during the Bruins' spring practice Spaulding Field on April 15, 2015. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Asiantii during the Bruins’ spring practice Spaulding Field on April 15, 2015. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Asiantii Woulard has announced his decision to transfer out, and leaves the Bruins having never taken an in-game snap.

Woulard was a former former-star recruit in 2013, an Elite 11 MVP who looked like he had the potential to become Brett Hundley’s successor. However, the Florida native struggled to absorb the nuances of the position after his first preseason camp at Cal State San Bernardino.

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Jim Mora on Everett Golson’s transfer: ‘I don’t want mercenaries’

The biggest transfer news of this college football offseason came earlier this week, when former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson transferred to Florida State.

The talented albeit turnover-prone passer will play immediately at FSU, after having submitting a list of 10 schools to the Fighting Irish’s compliance department as his potential destinations. That list, according to ESPN, also included Alabama, South Carolina and UCLA.

But the Bruins weren’t interested in the prospect of landing Golson as a graduate transfer, despite the fact that they are without a game-proven option to replace former three-year starter Brett Hundley.

“We never even talked about it,” head coach Jim Mora said today on the Rich Eisen Show. “I don’t want mercenaries on my team. Continue reading

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UCLA spring camp position review: Quarterbacks

UCLA quarterbacks work on drill during spring football practice at Spaulding Field on April 23, 2015. (Andy Holzman/Staff)

UCLA quarterbacks work on drill during spring football practice at Spaulding Field on April 23, 2015. (Andy Holzman/Staff)

Much has already been made of UCLA’s quarterback situation over the past several weeks. Through 15 practices, the consensus among observers was this: Josh Rosen looks like the Bruins’ best starting option this season.

Jim Mora and the rest of the coaching staff has declined to officially name a starter, which is unsurprising for a two main reasons: it’s not a good look to have a true freshman, however talented, zoom to the top of the depth chart; it might persuade those who lose the competition to think longer and harder before potentially deciding to transfer out.

For those still skeptical, here’s the quick argument for UCLA to start a first-year player at a position where first-year players have historically struggled. Continue reading

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