2019 St. John Bosco DB Chris Steele decommits from UCLA

Chris Steele committed to UCLA more than two years before he would have been able to sign with the Bruins, so it seemed that Wednesday’s announcement was inevitable: Steele, one of the top recruits in the 2019 class, he has backed off his UCLA pledge.

“I wanted to be fair and respectful to UCLA,” Steele told Scout.com. “They’re still one of my of top schools and I told Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) that when we talked earlier in the week. I’m still very interested in them and still want to build that relationship with him and the rest of the coaching staff moving forward.

The four-star cornerback from St. John Bosco committed two days before UCLA signed its 2017 class. His star continued to rise and he reeled in offers from all over the country: Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, Stanford, Oklahoma, Arizona State, LSU and Colorado, to just name a few.

Steele is Scout.com’s No. 1 cornerback in California and the West and the third-best prospect at his position in the nation.

UCLA has three verbal commits for its 2019 class still: receiver Kameron Brown, linebacker Jonathan Perkins and receiver/defensive back Jordan Patterson.

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Four-star defensive end Abdul-Malik McClain commits to UCLA

UCLA’s recruiting train picked up another future Bruin on Monday as JSerra weakside defensive end Abdul-Malik McClain pledged his verbal commitment.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound McClain is UCLA’s 21st commit for the class of 2018 and the fourth in two days after the team hosted several recruits Sunday at the new Wasserman Football Center.

McClain is Scout.com’s No. 2 weakside defensive end and the fourth-best prospect at his position in the West. He also had offers from Louisville, Georgia Tech, Washington, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oregon State and Utah. He has a three-star ranking from Rivals.com and ESPN.

He is UCLA’s fourth defensive line commit for this class and first defensive end. The Bruins also have commitments from defensive tackles Niti Liu and Aaron Maldonado.

Here are McClain’s junior season highlights:

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Commits pour in while UCLA unveils Wasserman Football Center

UCLA hosted players, families and recruits Sunday in the new Wasserman Football Center and the new facilities immediately worked their recruiting magic.

At least three prospects committed to the Bruins on Sunday — four-star cornerback Olaijah Griffin, three-star linebacker Matthew Tago, three-star receiver CJ Parks — bringing UCLA’s 2018 recruiting class up to 20 commits.

Griffin, the son of rapper Warren G, also had offers from USC, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State and Cal. Scout.com has the Mission Viejo student ranked as the second-best cornerback in the West and the second-best in California.

Griffin is UCLA’s fifth defensive back for the 2018 class, joining safeties Cam’ron Jones, Stephan Blaylock and Dayven Coleman, and cornerback Ken Montgomery. He earned a coveted spot at The Opening finals this summer, competing for Team Alpha Menace.

Here are Griffin’s junior season highlights:

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DB Ken Montgomery commits to UCLA

Ken Montgomery reached under the table, unzipped his backpack and pulled out a blue UCLA hat. The three-star defensive back from Florida is a Bruin.

Montgomery announced his verbal commitment to UCLA on Thursday on Spectrum Sports Florida, becoming UCLA’s 17th pledge for the 2018 class. He also had Pac-12 offers from Arizona, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State and USC. He recently took a visit to Alabama.

The Bruins have four defensive backs in their 2018 class so far with Montgomery joining safeties Stephan Blaylock, Dayven Coleman and Cam’ron Jones.

Montgomery’s junior season highlights:

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Jordan Patterson, 2019 WR/DB, commits to UCLA

It didn’t take long for Jordan Patterson to settle on his college choice. The 2019 wide receiver/defensive back from Arcadia High landed an offer from UCLA on June 23, then announced his commitment to the Bruins exactly one month later, on Sunday night.

Patterson also had an offer from USC. He is UCLA’s fourth commit for the 2019 class, joining defensive back Chris Steele, receiver Kameron Brown and linebacker Jonathan Perkins.

Patterson attended Hawkins High as a sophomore, but could not play due to CIF City Section transfer rules, according to Scout.com.

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