UCLA coaches hit the recruiting trail

UCLA football coaches are hitting the recruiting trail hard without a bowl game to worry about this month. Several coaches paid in-home visits as well as hosted recruits for official visits in the past few days. Here are a few:

Martin Andrus Jr., Los Angeles High, DT

  • Four-star recruit according to Scout, three-star according to 247 Sports and Rivals
  • Has offers from several other Pac-12 schools, including Oregon and USC.

Tayler Katoa, Layton (Utah) High, Ath

  • Four-star recruit according to Scout, three-star according to 247 Sports and Rivals
  • One of the top recruits in Utah
  • Plays both quarterback and linebacker/defensive end, but projects mostly on defense
  • List of contenders includes Washington, USC, Boise State, Utah and BYU

DeAndre McNeal, Fullerton College, WR

  • A former Texas receiver, McNeal was suspended indefinitely by head coach Charlie Strong on Aug. 3, 2016 for an undisclosed violation of team rules
  • McNeal was a three- to four-star recruit in the class of 2015 out of Poteet (Texas) High and played in 10 games as a true freshman, but didn’t record a catch

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Top ILB Anthony Hines III chooses Texas A&M over UCLA

Scout.com’s No. 1 inside linebacker in the country committed to Texas A&M on Friday, choosing the Aggies over UCLA. 

Anthony Hines III was also deciding between Florida State, TCU, UCLA, Ohio State and Penn State.

UCLA coaches visited the 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker from Plano East (Texas) High this week in a late recruiting push. Linebackers coach Scott White, defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and head coach Jim Mora went on the in-home visit.

The Bruins have 10 commits for the class of 2017, lead by five-star defensive end Jaelan Phillips and four-star defensive lineman Greg Rogers

 

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UCLA gets commitment from four-star DT Greg Rogers

Four-star recruit Greg Rogers tweeted his commitment to UCLA on Monday morning. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound prospect from Las Vegas is a top-10 defensive tackle in the country.

He is the 10th commit in UCLA’s 2017 recruiting class and third defensive lineman. The Bruins are losing several key pieces on the defensive line, including Takkarist McKinley, Eli Ankou and likely Eddie Vanderdoes, who was honored as a senior last Saturday.

He was also considering USC, Arizona State, Colorado and Oklahoma.

Here are Rogers’ junior year highlights:

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OL coach Adrian Klemm gets two-year show-cause order, fine for recruiting violations

The NCAA announced additional punishment in UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm‘s recruiting violations case on Friday, handing out a two-year show-cause order and a $5,000 fine after Klemm admitted to paying for housing and private training for two prospects.

The NCAA accepted UCLA’s self-imposed penalties from last season, which included a two-game suspension for Klemm, who also holds the title of associate head coach along with his offensive line duties.

“While I certainly did not intentionally violate NCAA rules, the fact of the matter is that I did violate NCAA rules, and I accept full responsibility,” Klemm said in a statement released by UCLA althetics Friday. “I need to be aware of every rule, and I will be moving forward. I’m thankful that this process has concluded, and my focus remains squarely on our student-athletes and helping them achieve their goals.”

The show-cause order goes from Sept. 16, 2016 to Sept .15, 2018.

Klemm admitted to paying $2,400 for housing and private training for two prospects, according to the NCAA, but said he was not aware that he had violated NCAA rules because he thought the two prospects had signed National Letters of Intent.

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UCLA lands quarterback commit for class of 2017

2017 quarterback Austin Burton flipped his commitment from Boston College to UCLA on Monday. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound pro-style QB is a three-star prospect, according to ESPN, and a two-star according to 247Sports.

Burton is UCLA’s first quarterback commit in the class of 2017 and eighth commit overall. The Bruins were targeting San Clemente quarterback Jack Sears, but he committed to Duke earlier this month.

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