Myles Jack said he was operating at around “80 percent” during UCLA Pro Day on March 15. The UCLA linebacker had declared for the NFL draft shortly after tearing his meniscus in September. (Thomas Cordova/Staff)
Cordell Broadus’ on-and-off football career appears to be on again.
The former four-star receiver, perhaps better known as the son of rapper Snoop Dogg, will attempt to return to the UCLA football team less than a year after walking away from the sport. Bruin Report Online first reported that the Bishop Gorman product will report to spring practices later this month as a walk-on.
After signing with the Bruins in February 2015, Broadus failed to report for preseason training camp last August. He remained enrolled at UCLA to pursue a filmmaking career, and wrote in October that he “played football for my father because I thought that was the only way he would love me (and) be a part of my life.” This week, however, he began posting Instagram photos of himself training in school gear.
His change of heart coincides with UCLA losing four of its top five pass-catchers from 2015, including Thomas Duarte — who led the team with 10 touchdown catches — and career receptions leader Jordan Payton. Still, Broadus will have to compete with an incoming recruiting class that includes five receivers, such as the already-enrolled Theo Howard.
The Bruins will start spring practices on March 29.
UCLA football has announced its upcoming spring practice schedule, which will take place at the on-campus intramural field just north of Pauley Pavilion. All sessions will be open to the public, starting with the first of 14 practices on March 29.
The Bruins’ “Spring Showcase” will be held at neighboring Drake Stadium on April 23 at 11:30 a.m., with tickets costing $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event.
Parking will be available in Lots 4, 7 and 8, with rates maxing out at $12 per day.
Tuesday, March 29 – 7 a.m.
Thursday, March 31 – 7 a.m.
Saturday, April 2 – 9 a.m.
Monday, April 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6 – 7 a.m.
Thursday, April 7 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 – 10 a.m.
Monday, April 11 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13 – 7 a.m.
Thursday, April 14 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 – 11 a.m.
Monday, April 18 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20 – 7 a.m.
Thursday, April 21 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 – Spring Showcase — 11:30 a.m.
On Friday afternoon, UCLA landed the first offensive lineman in its 2017 recruiting class. Less than 20 minutes later, it landed a second.
Four-star tackle Kanan Ray and three-star guard Will Farrar both announced their commitment to the Bruins, giving the program a pair of solid additions to the trenches. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Ray had 17 offers in hand, while Farrar — a Houston-area native — had over 20.
The former is entering his senior season at Chatsworth Sierra Canyon, where he is coming off a selection on the Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team.
— Kanan Ray (@KananRay) March 5, 2016
Former USC tight end Caleb Wilson will transfer to UCLA, giving the Bruins an additional body at a position with a thin depth chart.
The move, which was first reported by Bleacher Report’s Adam Kramer, comes nearly three months after the Trojans dismissed his father, defensive line coach Chris Wilson, who has since landed at Missouri. Caleb had originally committed to Old Dominion as a quarterback in January 2015 before deciding to walk on at USC. He redshirted his first season with the Trojans.
The Gardena Serra product has good size at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds — something UCLA could use as it transitions to a more pro-style offense. The Bruins, who lose four of their top five pass-catchers from 2015, signed three-star tight end Jordan Wilson last month, and will likely move some returning players to the position as well.
Caleb Wilson told TrojanSports.com in December that USC coach Clay Helton granted him a release without any restrictions. Because he was not a scholarship player with the Trojans, Wilson is not subject to the Pac-12 rule dictating that intra-conference transfers must sit out a year and lose an additional year of eligibility.