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:

Here are UCLA’s 13 verbal commits for the 2018 class so far: Continue reading “UCLA football lands three-star OL commit from Texas” »

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UCLA football adds 2019 linebacker commit

The UCLA defense added another early commit for the 2019 class on Saturday as outside linebacker Jonathan Perkins announced his pledge to the Bruins.

Perkins, an outside linebacker/strong safety from Summit High in Fontana, is the third commit for the 2019 class, joining defensive back Chris Steele from St. John Bosco and wide receiver Kameron Brown from Colleyville, Texas.

Perkins had offers from Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska and Utah.

Here are Perkins’ sophomore highlights:

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UCLA football adds third OL commit in past week

In his first full recruiting cycle with UCLA, offensive line coach Hank Fraley is off to a hot start.

Fraley picked up his third offensive line commit in the past week Thursday as three-star offensive guard Marco Brewer announced his pledge to the Bruins on Twitter.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Brewer, from Corvallis, Ore., also had offers from Washington State, Oregon State, Hawai’i and Air Force, among others. Scout.com ranks him the No. 1 offensive guard in Oregon for the class of 2018.

UCLA picked up commits from fellow offensive linemen Jason Dickson and Chris Bleich during the past week. The Bruins have four committed offensive linemen for this class and 12 commits total.

Here are Brewer’s junior year highlights:

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UCLA links: Football gets two offensive line commits

Hello, friends! Long time, no blog. You may have noticed I was gone; I went on vacation. But I’ve returned, so here’s a roundup of what went down around UCLA athletics while I was out:

Football recruiting: The Bruins picked up two offensive line commits for the 2018 class: junior college transfer Jason Dickson and three-star prospect Chris Bleich.

  • Dickson, a 6-foot-7, 295-pound tackle from Diablo Valley College, announced his commitment on June 16. He had offers from Colorado, Arizona State and TCU, among others.
  • Bleich is a one-time Penn State commit, but pulled the pledge to his home-state team in April, and committed to the Bruins on June 19. The 6-foot-6, 313-pound lineman is 241st in ESPN’s 300 national recruiting rankings. Scout.com and Rivals.com tab Bleich as a three-star prospect.
  • The Bruins have 11 total commits for the 2018 class, including three offensive linemen now.

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