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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Four-star tight end Jimmy Jaggers commits to UCLA

UCLA picked up a third commit in as many days as four-star tight end/defensive end Jimmy Jaggers announced his commitment on Twitter on Thursday.

Jaggers had a slew of offers from other schools, including USC, Alabama, Arizona and Texas A&M. According to 247Sports, he is the No. 8 tight end in the country and 29th-best prospect in California.

After a lackluster summer in recruiting during which many recruits withdrew their commitments to UCLA, the Bruins have doubled their 2017 class in just three days. Jaggers, from Roseville High in the Sacramento area, is UCLA’s sixth commit for the class of 2017. Three-star defensive backs Chris Wilson and Jaylan Shaw committed earlier in the week, joining five-star weakside defensive end Jaelan Phillips, three-star offensive lineman Kanan Ray and JUCO offensive lineman Ronald Rudd III as UCLA commits.

Jaggers’ junior season highlights:

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Three-star DB Jaylan Shaw commits to UCLA

Defensive back Jaylan Shaw announced his commitment to UCLA on Wednesday via Twitter. The three-star recruit from Corona Centennial is the second DB to commit to the Bruins in as many days as Chris Wilson pledged to UCLA on Tuesday.

Shaw, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound rising senior, told Scout he made it official when he went to campus. He was also considering USC, Washington State and Boise State, but he was never able to visit WSU or Boise State. 

“I’m very excited to be a Bruin and have this process over before my season,” Shaw told Scout. “That was always my plan, to make a summer commitment so I can focus on school and football. I didn’t want to rush anything after I got the offers, I took the last month to think things over and I feel really good about my decision.

Here are Shaw’s junior-year highlights


Defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin seemed pretty fired up about the commitment

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Three-star DB Chris Wilson commits to UCLA

Three-star safety Chris Wilson announced a commitment to UCLA via Twitter on Tuesday.

The Hitchcock, Texas native is the fourth commit in UCLA’s 2017 recruiting class. UCLA has already lost two three-star defensive back commits in Jeffrey Manning Jr. and Rhedi Short, who both withdrew their pledges to UCLA this summer.

Wilson was also interested in Iowa State and Texas A&M.

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Five-star DE Jaelan Phillips doubles down on UCLA commitment

After several UCLA commits backed off their early pledges to the Bruins, five-star weakside defensive end Jaelan Phillips reaffirmed his commitment on Sunday.

One day after three-star defensive back Jeffrey Manning Jr. announced his decommitment, Phillips tweeted he is “1000 percent committed” to UCLA and “always will be.”

Manning was the fourth early commit to withdraw his pledge since May.

 

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