UCLA football lands three-star OL commit from Texas

Hank Fraley‘s recruiting crusade picked up another commit.

Three-star offensive lineman Trey Stratford announced his commitment to UCLA via Twitter on Saturday, becoming the fourth offensive lineman commit in the class of 2018 in nine days.

Stratford, a 6-foot-3, 271 offensive tackle/center from Allen, Texas, picked up offers from Arizona State, Utah, California, Nebraska and home-state Texas. An accomplished student, he also reeled in offers from Harvard, Princeton and Columbia.

Fraley, UCLA’s first-year offensive line coach, has five commits to his position for the 2018 class already. Four are three-star prospects coming out of high school, while Jason Dickson is a junior college transfer.

Here are Stratford’s junior year highlights:

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UCLA football adds 2019 linebacker commit

The UCLA defense added another early commit for the 2019 class on Saturday as outside linebacker Jonathan Perkins announced his pledge to the Bruins.

Perkins, an outside linebacker/strong safety from Summit High in Fontana, is the third commit for the 2019 class, joining defensive back Chris Steele from St. John Bosco and wide receiver Kameron Brown from Colleyville, Texas.

Perkins had offers from Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska and Utah.

Here are Perkins’ sophomore highlights:

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UCLA football adds third OL commit in past week

In his first full recruiting cycle with UCLA, offensive line coach Hank Fraley is off to a hot start.

Fraley picked up his third offensive line commit in the past week Thursday as three-star offensive guard Marco Brewer announced his pledge to the Bruins on Twitter.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Brewer, from Corvallis, Ore., also had offers from Washington State, Oregon State, Hawai’i and Air Force, among others. Scout.com ranks him the No. 1 offensive guard in Oregon for the class of 2018.

UCLA picked up commits from fellow offensive linemen Jason Dickson and Chris Bleich during the past week. The Bruins have four committed offensive linemen for this class and 12 commits total.

Here are Brewer’s junior year highlights:

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UCLA links: Football gets two offensive line commits

Hello, friends! Long time, no blog. You may have noticed I was gone; I went on vacation. But I’ve returned, so here’s a roundup of what went down around UCLA athletics while I was out:

Football recruiting: The Bruins picked up two offensive line commits for the 2018 class: junior college transfer Jason Dickson and three-star prospect Chris Bleich.

  • Dickson, a 6-foot-7, 295-pound tackle from Diablo Valley College, announced his commitment on June 16. He had offers from Colorado, Arizona State and TCU, among others.
  • Bleich is a one-time Penn State commit, but pulled the pledge to his home-state team in April, and committed to the Bruins on June 19. The 6-foot-6, 313-pound lineman is 241st in ESPN’s 300 national recruiting rankings. Scout.com and Rivals.com tab Bleich as a three-star prospect.
  • The Bruins have 11 total commits for the 2018 class, including three offensive linemen now.

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Grad transfer OL Sunny Odogwu chooses UCLA

Jim Mora’s search for grad transfer talent came up big Friday as the Bruins landed the commitment of former Miami right tackle Sunny Odogwu.

Odogwu chose UCLA over Michigan and can add immediate help to an much-maligned offensive line. While earning his bachelor’s degree at Miami, he started 14 games but dealt with major injuries late in his career.

The 6-foot-8, 325-pound right tackle missed the final game of the 2015 season due to knee surgery and only lasted five games of the 2016 year after he broke his lower leg in a game against Florida State.

A native of Nigeria, Odogwu came to the United States when he was 16 after his father died. He originally came to pursue a basketball career, but found football as a senior in high school. He’s known to be personable and warm, just as his name would suggest.

“That’s who I am, that’s who God made me and I appreciate that,” he told the Miami Herald in 2015. “But as a player I just put my head down and go to work every day knowing that the coaches have my best interest and the team’s best interest at heart.”

UCLA’s offensive line struggled last year, but returned every starter except for left tackle Conor McDermott. If Odogwu sticks at right tackle, he’ll displace Kenny Lacy, who took over the spot during spring practice. Lacy did not particularly shine during spring camp as he repeatedly lost one-on-one reps against UCLA’s fast edge rushers. UCLA’s starting offensive line, from left to right, during spring practice was Kolton Miller, Andre James, Scott Quessenberry, Najee Toran and Lacy.

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