JUCO offensive tackle Zach Bateman commits to UCLA

For the first half of this season, UCLA’s offensive line was hurting most on the edges.

The return of Conor McDermott at left tackle has stabilized the unit, but it was an obvious area of need heading into the next recruiting cycle. And on Saturday night, the Bruins added one more future piece in three-star JUCO recruit Zach Bateman.

The 6-foot-7, 320-pound tackle starred for Orange Coast College after becoming an All-Orange Coast League selection at Costa Mesa’s Estancia High. His commitment was first reported by Scout.com, and he should graduate in time to enroll early.

Bateman’s arrival would give UCLA a chance to test out more offensive line combinations during spring camp. The Bruins would return McDermott and starting right tackle Caleb Benenoch, as well as have a fully healthy Simon Goines — a former 20-game starter at tackle. Current redshirt freshman Poasi Moala would be a factor as well.

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Three-star cornerback Will Lockett commits to UCLA

Cornerback Will Lockett announced his commitment to UCLA Thursday night, giving the Bruins the first defensive back of their 2015 class.

A consensus three-star receuit across major recruiting outlets, Lockett is 247Sports’ No. 77 cornerback nationwide, and its 113th-best Texan prospect at any position. Standing at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, he is Scout.Com’s No. 70 cornerback.

The Manvel High defensive back also had offers from Missouri, Michigan State, and Washington.

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Three-star defensive end Rick Wade commits to UCLA

UCLA has landed the second defensive lineman in its 2015 class.

Scout.com first reported that three-star prospect Rick Wade picked the Bruins Thursday evening over USC. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end notched 67 tackles for Santa Margarita High in Orange County as a junior last year.

He is the first defensive end in UCLA’s current recruiting cycle, with the Bruins having landed defensive tackle Bryce English last week.

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Three-star linebacker Joshua Woods commits to UCLA

Three-star linebacker Joshua Woods announced his commitment to UCLA on Tuesday, making him the 12th verbal commitment of the Bruins’ 2015 class.

Listed at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Woods tweeted that he had received and accepted an offer from UCLA. He is the second linebacker to commit, following three-star prospect Victor Alexander.

Center Fred Ulu-Perry becomes third offensive lineman in UCLA’s 2015 class

UCLA landed its third commitment of the week in center Fred Ulu-Perry, just the latest prospect to join the Bruins’ offensive line.

Ulu-Perry, who can also play guard, is rated three stars by Rivals.com — which first reported the commitment Friday — and four stars by Scout.com.

The 6-foot-2, 310-pound Honolulu St. Louis product was among those who participated at Nike’s The Opening in Eugene, and his announcement was preceded by fellow campers Andre James — a four-star tackle — and athlete Stephen Johnson also verbally pledging to UCLA this week.

Four-star lineman Tevita Halalilo also committed to the Bruins in April.

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