UCLA post-spring position outlook: Linebackers

Spring football is done, and over three months still stand between us and the start of UCLA’s third season under Jim Mora — one that comes with national title aspirations and accompanying media glare. This blog will cover the status of each position group moving forward. Next up …


Myles Jack is already UCLA’s all-everything superstar, and did nothing this spring to suggest that his sophomore effort will far short of the already sky-high expectations. He continued to excel in coverage, and will play behind the ball when the team deploys a nickel formation. After finishing with just one sack last season, he’s also spent extra time focusing on his pass rushing moves.

He won’t practice at running back until the season starts, but that only gives him more time to cement his role as the Bruins’ defensive leader.

The question marks facing the team in its post-Anthony Barr era lie elsewhere. Continue reading

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Four-star linebacker Kenny Young commits to UCLA

Four-star linebacker Kenny Young committed to UCLA this morning on ESPNU, giving the Bruins a coveted prospect from Louisiana. Young had also considered LSU, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

He traveled to Los Angeles this past weekend on his final official, and is rated the fifth-best outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com. John Curtis High teammate Malachi Dupre, a five-star wideout who also visited, opted to stay close to home at LSU.

Young is the fourth linebacker to join the Bruins’ class, following three-star prospect Cameron Griffin, and four-stars Dwight Williams and Zach Whitley.

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UCLA pushing for trio of Louisiana natives

Three Louisiana recruits are currently visiting UCLA, a thought that could make SEC loyalists feel some mixture of disbelief, indignation and nausea.

Over the last 10 nine years, only one player from the Bayou State — three-star prospect Jeremy McGee — committed to the Bruins. This time around, UCLA is gunning for a trio of top-100 recruits: receiver Malachi Dupre, linebacker Kenny Young and defensive end Davon Godchaux.

How coveted are they? LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron took the time to book the same flight to Los Angeles. Landing even just one of the three could do much for the Bruins’ profile in the Deep South, especially with an announcement coming on ESPNU.

Here’s a look at how they might fit on the roster.

Malachi Dupre, 6-3, 195, #2 WR, #15 overall

UCLA has talent at receiver, but no one that can single-handedly flummox opposing defenses. Continue reading

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