Early signing period for Division I football approved

The Collegiate Commissioners Association approved an early signing period for Division I football on Monday, officially allowing recruits in the 2018 class to sign their national letters of intent as early as Dec. 20.

The traditional signing period that begins in February is still available, but now recruits can choose to sign during a 72-hour window from Dec. 20-22. The new period coincides with the first three days of the junior college transfer signing period. The NCAA Division I Council already approved the change in April.

UCLA has nine verbal commits so far for the 2018 class who could consider using the early signing period to lock down their spots in Westwood. The group is led by four-star quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson from Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman and includes three safeties: four-star prospects Stephan Blaylock (St. John Bosco) and Cam’ron Jones (Mansfield High, Texas) and three-star recruit Jhevon Hill (Cajon).

Other UCLA verbal commits:

  • ATH Isaiah Johnson
  • DL Aaron Maldonado
  • OT Blake McDonald
  • WR Kyle Phillips
  • RB AJ Carter
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St. John Bosco DB Stephan Blaylock commits to UCLA

UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin is stocking up on safeties for the 2018 recruiting class.

St. John Bosco’s Stephan Blaylock announced his commitment to UCLA on Friday, giving UCLA three verbal commitments from safeties for this recruiting cycle.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Blaylock is the No. 4 safety in California, according to Scout.com. He’s ranked as a four-star recruit by Scout, Rivals and ESPN.

Blaylock picked UCLA over Oregon, Nebraska, Washington State and Colorado. He will play in the Polynesian Bowl next year.

After signing four cornerbacks in the 2017 class, Martin now has pledges from two four-star safeties in Blaylock and Cam’ron Jones and a three-star in Jhevon Hill. Blaylock is UCLA’s ninth verbal commit for the 2018 class, which is led by top quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

Blaylock’s junior season highlights:

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2019 WR Kam Brown commits to UCLA

Receiver Kam Brown announced his commitment to UCLA on Monday, joining St. John Bosco cornerback Chris Steele in UCLA’s 2019 recruiting class.

The 6-foot, 164-pound Brown is the son of Super Bowl XXX MVP Larry Brown. Ranked a four-star recruit by Scout and Rivals, Brown told USA Today that he had 30 offers by his sophomore year. His top 12 included notable schools like Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Nebraska, Penn State and Texas. He was also considering his father’s alma mater TCU.

As a sophomore at Colleyville Heritage High in Texas, he 1,160 all-purpose yards and 14 total touchdowns.

Brown’s sophomore tape:

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QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson commits to UCLA

Heading into what could be Josh Rosen‘s final year in college, UCLA secured a big quarterback pledge Sunday as Bishop Gorman’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson announced his commitment to the Bruins.

Despite having never started a game at quarterback, Thompson-Robinson is still a sought-after recruit. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound quarterback sat behind now-Ohio State freshman Tate Martell for the past two years, but is still a four-star prospect according to ESPN, Scout.com and Rivals. ESPN ranks him the third-best dual-threat quarterback in the country and Rivals has him second.

Thompson-Robinson picked UCLA over Michigan while also having Pac-12 offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Oregon and Utah. Tennessee, Alabama and Florida State were also among the suitors for Thompson-Robinson.

Thompson-Robinson is UCLA’s eighth verbal commitment for the class of 2018. The Bruins also have pledges from safeties Jhevon Hill and Cam’ron Jones, offensive lineman Blake McDonald, athlete Isaiah Johnson, defensive lineman Aaron Maldonado, wide receiver Kyle Phillips, and running back AJ Carter.

Here are Thompson-Robinson’s junior year highlights

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Three-star RB AJ Carter commits to UCLA

DeShaun Foster secured his first commitment as UCLA’s running backs coach Saturday as three-star recruit AJ Carter announced his pledge to the Bruins on Twitter.

Carter, a 6-foot, 220-pound back from Louisiana, held an offer to Texas Tech from Foster before the former UCLA running back took the coaching position with the Bruins. Carter also had offers from Arkansas, Arizona State, Missouri and Mississippi State, among others.

The Bruins, who didn’t sign any running backs in the 2017 class, will lose at least one after this year with the graduation of Nate Starks.

Carter is UCLA’s second verbal commit in as many days and seventh overall. UCLA also has commitments from safeties Jhevon Hill and Cam’ron Jones, offensive lineman Blake McDonald, athlete Isaiah Johnson, defensive lineman Aaron Maldonado and wide receiver Kyle Phillips.

Here is Carter’s highlight tape:

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