Four-star receiver L.J. Reed commits to UCLA

For the second year in a row, UCLA has landed a receiver from Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks.

Four-star wideout L.J. Reed committed to the Bruins, according to multiple reports. He follows the footsteps of former high school teammate Alex Van Dyke, who signed with UCLA this February as a top-40 prospect at his position.

Listed at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Reed is the seventh commitment in UCLA’s 2015 class and the first true wideout. Four-star athlete Jaason Lewis is listed as a receiver by Scout.com, but at 6-foot-3, 234 pounds, would likely be used inside.

UCLA cornerback Marcus Rio also played at Cosumnes Oaks.

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Top quarterback prospect Josh Rosen to announce college decision Thursday

Will UCLA land its next quarterback prospect soon?

Five-star 2015 recruit Josh Rosen will announce his college decision at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in a ceremony at St. John Bosco High. Rated No. 1 and No. 2 at his position by Rivals.com and Scout.com, respectively, he is widely considered a heavy lean for the Bruins. His other finalists are Michigan, Cal and Stanford.

A pair of Rosen’s high school teammates already signed with UCLA as part of the 2014 class: defensive back Jaleel Wadood and defensive lineman Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, both of whom were four-star prospects.

Rosen himself was at Spaulding Field on Wednesday afternoon, throwing with Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley, as well as Philip Rivers and Tim Tebow.

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Point guard Jordan McLaughlin commits to USC over UCLA

Four-star point guard Jordan McLaughlin committed to USC this afternoon, picking the Trojans over UCLA, Kansas and Indiana. His decision, announced in a ceremony at Etiwanda High, marked one of the few times in recent memory that the Bruins lost to their crosstown rivals in a head-to-head recruiting battle.

Rated the ninth-best point guard in the country by Scout.com, McLaughlin would have filled a glaring need for UCLA. The Bruins lost a steady presence when Larry Drew II graduated, and don’t have a proven commodity to replace him at the one. Point forward Kyle Anderson is a gifted passer, but is expected to leave for the NBA next spring. Continue reading

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UCLA’s secondary pickups tempered by loss of five-star tailback Joe Mixon

If Joe Mixon becomes an All-American, it likely won’t be at UCLA.

The five-star running back cut the Bruins from his list of prospective schools, a big hit for a team that has struggled to gain recruiting momentum and needs to replace all-time leading rusher, Johnathan Franklin. Mixon’s top 10: Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Texas A&M, Cal, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Oregon State, Washington. Continue reading

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