UCLA grabs early 2019 defensive back commit

UCLA hasn’t quite sewn up its 2017 class yet, but the Bruins have a very early commit for the class of 2019.

St. John Bosco defensive back Chris Steele announced a commitment to UCLA on Monday, two days before the Bruins are set to sign their 2017 class. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back just finished his sophomore season at St. John Bosco with 81 total tackles and one interception, according to Max Preps.

While Steele acknowledged that his pledge is very early, so it can be taken with many grains of salt, he has old ties to UCLA. He wrote on Twitter about his former youth football coach Bruce Walker, a former UCLA defensive lineman who introduced Steele to the Bruins.

Steele’s sophomore highlights:

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4-star ATH Connor Wedington commits to Stanford over UCLA

After visiting UCLA last weekend, four-star athlete Connor Wedington made his commitment official and pledged to Stanford.

Wedington broke his commitment to Washington, his in-state school, soon after receiving an offer from Stanford. The recruit from Sumner (Wash.) picked the Cardinal over UCLA, UW and Notre Dame.

The Bruins have 19 total commits for the class of 2017. Here’s an updated look at the recruiting situation with two days left until National Signing Day.

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Final push until National Signing Day

UCLA football head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

UCLA football head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

With half-a-week left until National Signing Day, there are a few last-minute changes for UCLA’s recruiting class too keep track of:

RB Stephen Carr

  • The five-star running back and longtime USC pledge took an official visit to UCLA this past weekend, but is not expected to back off his commitment to the Trojans.
  • UCLA has no running backs in its 2017 recruiting class at this point

ATH Connor Wedington

  • The four-star athlete took an official visit to UCLA this past weekend and told Scout that he’s considering Baylor, UCLA, Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington.
  • Before his official visit, he got an in-home visit from UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin, as well as Stanford running back coach Lance Taylor.
  • The recruit from Sumner (Wash.) backed off his UW pledge in December after Stanford offered him.

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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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