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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Three-star DB Chris Wilson decommits from UCLA

Three-star defensive back Chris Wilson announced his decommitment from UCLA on Friday via Twitter, writing he is opening his recruitment “to seek better options” after receiving “increased interest.” The prospect from Hitchcock, Texas committed to UCLA on Aug. 2 as the first of five commits from during the month of August.

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UCLA picks up commitment from three-star DB Quentin Lake

UCLA continued its hot recruiting streak Tuesday with a commitment from three-star defensive back Quentin Lake.

Lake is UCLA’s fifth commitment in the month of August and the team’s eighth overall for the class of 2017. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound DB from Mater Dei was also considering USC and Pitt, among others.

He is the son of UCLA All-American cornerback Carnell Lake, who is currently the defensive backs coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Three-star OL Jaxson Kirkland commits to UCLA

Three-star offensive lineman Jaxson Kirkland from Portland, Ore., announced his commitment to UCLA via Twitter on Sunday. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound lineman from Jesuit High was also considering California, Oregon State and Washington State.

He told Scout.com that he was looking to branch out of Oregon and had a good relationship with offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.

Kirkland is the seventh commit for UCLA in the class of 2017 and the fourth in the month of August.

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Former UCLA commit Hunter Echols chooses USC

Two weeks after withdrawing his commitment from UCLA, four-star defensive end Hunter Echols announced his pledge to USC on Friday night.

Echols told Scout.com that once he decommited from UCLA, the Bruins didn’t send him an offer letter and “it just made sense to go our separate ways.”

One of three Cathedral High players to decommit from UCLA since May, Echols said he was “over the (recruiting) process” and settled on USC because he had a great relationship with the staff, including head coach Clay Helton, who recruited him “harder than another other head coach.”

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