AJ Carter reverses course, recommits to UCLA

AJ Carter spent 10 days as an LSU commit and now the three-star running back is back to being a Bruin.

Carter, from Many, La., announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he is recommitting to UCLA after he broke off his pledge on June 26 to commit to his hometown Tigers. In his social media post, Carter wrote that he was swayed by the desires of his friends and family, but quickly realized he “made a mistake” as his heart already belonged to the Bruins.

He’s the second running back commit for UCLA in one day as Lentivone Lesane also gave his verbal pledge to the Bruins early Wednesday afternoon. The Bruins have 14 total commits for 2018.

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UCLA grabs commitment from Florida running back

UCLA grabbed two offensive linemen and a quarterback from Florida for its 2017 recruiting class and now have a running back from the Sunshine State on the way. Lentivone Lesane, a two-sport athlete at Florida’s Mater Academy, announced his commitment to UCLA on Twitter on Wednesday.

Lesane is a lightly recruited three-star prospect, according to Scout.com, and a two-star according to Rivals. Utah gave him his only other Pac-12 offer, while Central Florida, Syracuse, Illinois and Cincinnati also came calling. Aside from football, Lesane also is a sprinter on the track team; his 100-meter personal record is 11.34 seconds.

UCLA lost a commitment from three-star running back AJ Carter on June 26 (UPDATED JULY 1, 4:25 p.m. — Carter is back) when he flipped to his home-state school LSU. Lesane is UCLA’s 13th verbal commit for 2018 and only running back.

Here are Lesane’s junior year highlights:

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UCLA commit Dorian Thompson-Robinson at The Opening

Dorian Thompson-Robinson has yet to start a real game at quarterback in high school, but the highly touted prospect from Bishop Gorman looks to be competing well at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore.

Here are some clips of Sunday’s 7-on-7 tournament as Thompson-Robinson represented Team Alpha Menace.

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Three-star RB AJ Carter flips UCLA commitment to LSU

UCLA showed interest in three-star running back AJ Carter early in the Louisiana native’s recruiting process and he rewarded the school with an early commitment last April.

Then LSU called.

Carter flipped his commitment from the Bruins to his home-state Tigers on Monday. He officially received an LSU offer only three days ago.

Carter, who was UCLA’s only running back for the 2018 class, wrote on social media that he “appreciate(s) (Jim Mora and DeShaun Foster) for seeing my ability before anyone else. However, I feel like I have to follow another path. I have to follow my dream.”

Foster, UCLA’s first-year running backs coach, began recruiting Carter while he was still at Texas Tech before honoring the offer for UCLA. The Bruins have 12 commits for the 2018 class now:

  • ATH Isaiah Johnson
  • DL Aaron Maldonado
  • OT Blake McDonald
  • S Cam’ron Jones
  • WR Kyle Phillips
  • QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson
  • S Stephan Blaylock
  • DL Niti Liu
  • OL Jason Dickson
  • OL Chris Bleich
  • OL Marco Brewer
  • OL Trey Stratford
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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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