OL Jaxson Kirkland decommits from UCLA after Oregon visit

Already short on offensive linemen for the class of 2017, UCLA have lost three-star recruit Jaxson Kirkland‘s pledge.

The 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive lineman from Jesuit High in Portland, Ore., announced his decommitment on Twitter on Thursday night. Kirkland committed to the Bruins in August, but recently picked up offers from Oregon and Washington.

According to the Oregonian, Kirkland took an official visit to Oregon on Tuesday. He was scheduled to visit UCLA this weekend before National Signing Day (Feb. 1).

Kirkland’s father Dean was an offensive lineman at UW, where he co-captained the 1990 co-Pac-10 championship team.

Without Kirkland, the Bruins have three likely scholarship offensive linemen in the 2017 recruiting class: Kanan Ray, Jax Wacaser and Zachary Sweeney. San Clemente offensive lineman Zach Cochrun has also accepted a preferred walk-on position with UCLA.

The Bruins have 19 total commits for this recruiting class. Here’s an updated look at the recruiting situation.

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A look at UCLA’s recruiting situation with 1 week until Signing Day

Redlands East Valley's Jaelin Phillips. (Terry Pierson/staff)

Redlands East Valley’s Jaelin Phillips is already on campus at UCLA. (Terry Pierson/staff)

UCLA has already reeled in several big-named recruits during January and have one week left to round out its recruiting class before National Signing Day.

As of Jan. 25, the Bruins had 19 verbal commits, four offensive linemen and no receivers. One of those linemen may be wavering also.

Here’s a look at UCLA’s recruiting situation, from the solid verbal commits to the commits who are still searching to some of the coaching staff’s remaining targets:

SOLID VERBAL COMMITS:
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Grace Brethren QB Nick Juels commits to UCLA

UCLA picked up a commitment from two-star quarterback Nick Juels on Wednesday. The Grace Brethren quarterback’s only scholarship offer was to Kentucky Christian, but he is likely taking an invited walk-on position with the Bruins.

Juels joins three-star recruit Austin Burton as UCLA’s quarterbacks for the 2017 recruiting class.

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Four-star DB Elijah Gates picks UCLA

UCLA pulled in another highly-ranked defensive back for its 2017 recruiting class as four-star recruit Elijah Gates committed to UCLA on Monday.

Gates, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back from Buena Park, chose the Bruins over Oregon. He joins an elite group for UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin, who also pulled in five-star Darnay Holmes, four-star Jaylan Shaw and three-stars Quentin Lake and Morrell Osling.

“The coaches, the players, the whole environment of everything, I felt like I was at home,” Gates told the Southern California News Group’s Jonathan Khamis.

According to Scout, Gates is the No. 5 defensive back in California.

He’s UCLA’s 18th verbal commit with National Signing Day coming in a little over a week.

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OL Zachary Sweeney commits to UCLA

The same day UCLA hired its next offensive line coach, the Bruins picked up their fourth offensive line commit for the class of 2017.

Zachary Sweeney, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., announced his commitment to the Bruins on Twitter on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound guard joins Jaxson Kirkland, Jax Wacasner and Kanan Ray in UCLA’s group of offensive line recruits for this class.

Sweeney was also considering South Florida, where he visited last weekend. He is rated a three-star prospect by Scout and 247 Sports and a two-star by Rivals.

The Bruins announced the hire of new offensive line coach Hank Fraley on Saturday morning with less than two weeks left until National Signing Day.

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