Rick Kimbrel

Rick Kimbrel

Rick Kimbrel, the former managing editor of PrepStar magazine, is nationally recognized as one of the leading authorities on college football recruiting. The veteran analyst and reporter was key in first making Blue Chip Illustrated and then PrepStar Magazine a recruiting publication standard.

Kimbrel has written for CBS Sportsline, ESPN.com, CNN-SI, The Sporting News, Athlon's, Lindy's, Football News, and numerous other publications. He has also consulted on All-America teams for Parade Magazine and Street and Smith's. Most recently, Rick was the West Coast Recruiting Editor for Rivals.com, national recruiting consultant for Rivals.com and publisher of BruinBlitz.com.

Rick has been a featured guest on many television shows around the nation including Prime Ticket, Fox Sports, Fox Sports West, CNN, CNN-SI and numerous local and regional stations. Kimbrel is also a highly sought after guest on radio broadcasts from coast-to-coast.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:03

UCLA To Host CSU-Bakersfield

Welsh T USC030917Last time out UCLA (5-1) conquered UC Irvine (2-4), 87-63. After a heavy dose of traveling and some controversy, the Bruins will be at home for their next three games.

First up on the docket will be Cal State Bakersfield. The Roadrunners are coached by Rod Barnes, who definitely has the program headed in the right direction. Barnes led Cal State Bakersfield to their first NCAA tournament in 2016. The Roadrunners won 25 games in 2017 and made it to the NIT semifinals. Last season’s 25 wins were the most in a single season since the school started playing D-I.

The probable starters for the Roadrunners are true freshman guard, Jarkel Joiner (6-1, 170). He was named Mississippi’s State Player of the Year. Senior guard Brent Wrap (6-3, 175) has led the WAC in assist-to-turnover ratio the last three seasons. Senior forward Shon Briggs (6-6, 200) led CSU-Bakersfield in scoring against Lamar with 22 points and was on the All-WAC newcomers team a year ago. Junior guard, Rickey Holden (5-10, 170), and senior center Moataz Aly (6-10, 205) round out the starting five for the Roadrunners.

Last time out all five starters scored in double-figures for the Bruins. Junior guard Prince Ali, starting in place of the inured Jaylen Hands, led all scorers with 21 points. Junior point guard, Aaron Holiday contributed 16 points and a game-high seven assists. True frosh guard Kris Wilkes scored 14 points and senior forward Gyorgy Golomon added 12 points.

Senior center, Thomas Welsh, notched his fourth double-double of the season scoring 13 points and grabbing a game-high 13 boards.

Coach Steve Alford hopes to see the continued improvement on the defensive end of the floor. UCLA held UCI shooting 34.4 percent from the field.

Tipoff is scheduled at 7:06 PM PST. The game will be televised by Pac-12 Network J.B. Long handling the play-by-play and UCLA great Don MacLean analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG broadcast the game locally along the AM 570 radio dial with Josh Lewin and Bruin great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:08

Steve Alford Weekly Presser

UCLA head basketball coach, Steve Alford met with the Bruin beat media for his weekly presser. Enjoy!

Monday, 27 November 2017 15:00

Bruins Top Anteaters, 87-63

Ali UCIIf it’s not globetrotting making things harder than usual for this UCLA basketball team, let’s add an injury to an undermanned squad handing them another dose of adversity. The Bruins without the services of injured true freshman starting guard, Jaylen Hands, saw sophomore guard Prince Ali given the nod and he didn’t disappoint. Ali led all scorers with a career-high 21 points while leading UCLA (5-1) to an 87-63 over UC Irvine (2-4).

“Really proud of our guys,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “We talked since we got back from the road trip to Kansas City how important this four-game homestand and growth.

“I think we are the only team in the country that has flown for 31 hours and 16,000 miles and we’ve been able to get four wins to date and coming into this homestand.

“Getting our fifth win tonight was one thing we really focused on after all the travel and being on the road that much. Getting wins over a Big Ten team and an ACC team is huge early in the season for our team.

“I think we saw growth tonight, especially defensively. Offensively we executed much better in the second half. We were in a little bit of a hurry in the first half and we didn’t make shots. We were 5 of 17 from three, we should make 65 percent of our free throws and despite that, we win the game by 26.

“That tells me our growth defensively was good. We did a good job of taking them out of their posts, which is what they are very good at. This is probably the best low-post team we have played and we really negated that from the opening tip.

“I told the team we wanted 40 minutes and I think we got about 32. The last two minutes of the first half and the first six minutes of the second half were not what the way we need to get engaged defensively. Other than that I liked how we were engaged defensively.”

Including Ali, all five starters scored in double-figures. Holiday contributed 16 points and a game-high seven assists. True frosh guard Kris Wilkes scored 14 points and senior forward Gyorgy Golomon added 12 points.

Senior center, Thomas Welsh, notched his fourth double-double of the season scoring 13 points and grabbing a game-high 13 boards.

The Bruin defense appears to be improving they held the Anteaters to shooting 34.4 percent from the field, but UCI did much better from beyond the arc hitting 41.7 percent of their threes. You would like to get that three-point percentage down.

“I think we defended it very well and when we got stops we got out and ran,” Alford said. “We didn’t shoot the ball the way we normally shoot it. But as I told the team we will live with that if we can build the culture defensively and tonight we had a really good culture defensively.”

The will stay home for a while their next three games are at Pauley. Wednesday's game against CSU Bakersfield will be televised by the Pac 12 Network and will be broadcast by UCLA Sports Network from IMG on your radio dial AM 57. Then the Bruins will host Detroit Mercy on Sunday, Dec. 3, and Montana on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:58

UCLA Welcomes UC Irvine

Ali P Uky 120415UCLA (4-1) will host UC Irvine (2-3) at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins have done some intense traveling since this season began earlier in the month. Now a well-rested UCLA team awaits the Anteaters. Tipoff is scheduled for  3:00 PM PST.

The Bruins hold an 8-2 advantage lifetime against the Anteaters, but the last two contests were nail biters. UCLA defeated UC Irvine in Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 13, 2012 (the Bruins won, 80-79, in overtime). Other recent meetings against UC Irvine took place in Dec. 2010 (UCLA 74, UC Irvine 73) and Dec. 2011 (UCLA 89, UC Irvine 60).

Earlier this week, UC Irvine (3-4) dropped a 90-82 decision to Rider University and bounced back Friday with a 77-71 win over Northern Arizona while participating in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.

Last time out for UCLA, the Bruins were in a seesaw battle with Wisconsin and then the man that Bruin head basketball coach, Steve Alford calls a ‘Pit Bull’ junior guard, Aaron Holiday put the Bruins on his back and scored the last 10 UCLA points of the game, including a buzzer beater for 72-70 win over the Badgers.

Against Wisconsin, four other Bruins scored in double figures. Gyorgy Golomon scored a season-high 11 points, all in the first-half. Thomas Welsh scored 11 points. Jaylen Hands scored 10 points and Prince Ali once again supplied points off the bench scoring 10.

Though true freshman guard, Kris Wilkes didn’t reach double figures, he has been a dependable scorer and is averaging a second best on the team, 14.3 points per game.

The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network Jim Watson doing the play-by-play and Casey Jacobsen analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG broadcast the game on your radio dial AM 57 with Josh Lewin and Bruin great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.

Saturday, 25 November 2017 16:08

Bruins Bowl Eligible By Beating Cal, 30-27

UCLA Molson CalThe regular season came to an end for the Bruins and it ended how it started with a thrilling victory in the Rose Bowl. UCLA remained undefeated at home winning all six of their contests. However, it wasn’t easy.

It took a team effort for UCLA (6-6, 4-5) to upend Cal (5-7, 2-7) in final seconds of the game, 30-27. The road to victory had many heroes for the Bruins.

There was an outstanding and poised relief effort by redshirt freshman quarterback, Devon Modster, who played the entire second half when starter Josh Rosen went out with an injury.

The Bruins were winning the ball game 17-9 when Rosen was injured, and the UCLA offense was humming. In a half of work, Rosen completed 13 of his passes out of 18 attempts and threw for two touchdowns.

When the second-half began it was Modster leading the troops. He stepped right in and when the game was on the line late in fourth-quarter, the game all locked up, 27-27, the Bruin freshman quarterback calmly and cooly, led the team down the field with 2:18 left on the clock, engineering a 10 play 55-yard drive, setting up sophomore placekicker, JJ Molson’s 37-yard game-winning field goal with four ticks left on the clock.

“Josh [Rosen], we pulled at halftime for some precautionary reasons,” UCLA interim head coach Jedd Fisch said. “We want to make sure he is healthy for the bowl game. He got hit pretty hard on that one sack. And he wants to make sure that he’s healthy, too.

“I told Devon, ‘I thought that you played one great half of football and that you were 8-for-8 against Utah, and then we lost you in that second half. And here is your second half.’ Let’s play a complete game. What’s cooler than that?

“I think that we were up 17-9 at halftime. I told our guys that if we could win each quarter, we’d win that game. Devon went in there. He did a great job of leading our football team. He did a great job of finding ways to get us down there and to put us in a position, with 27-27 all, with two minutes and 20 seconds left, and not taking a lot of reps in practice — tremendous by everybody.

“We had Brandon Stephens stepping up. He played more in this game than he has ever played. We’re excited for our guys and how hard they played. I’m excited for all of our players.”

Stephens was outstanding.He had a 37-yard run in the second quarter, his longest career run. His 20 rushing attempts and 83 yards were both career highs. In the third-quarter, Stephens scored his first touchdown as a Bruin.

Junior wide receiver, Jordan Lasley, had his second straight monster game. Lasley had a career-high 12 receptions, a game-high 227 receiving yards, and one touchdown. One can only wonder what his stats could have been if he didn’t get suspended for three games.

Now the Bruins are bowl eligible and will have the opportunity to get that elusive win away from the Rose Bowl. Fisch couldn’t be happier.

“Our players are so excited right now, that they get to go to a bowl game,” Fisch said. “Our players were so excited that they’re 6-0 and went undefeated at the Rose Bowl. And our whole football operation, from the trainers to the doctors, from the equipment managers to the coaching staff to the strength staff to the nutrition staff, we’re all appreciative of this opportunity. We are obviously excited as a program.

“We also feel that we owe this win to Coach Mora. And we wanted to make sure that we were able to end his legacy as the head coach at UCLA, as a guy that led five of his six teams to bowl games. So, we are very respectful of that.

“In turn, we are extremely excited to move forward and to be 1-0 in this capacity — to be a six-win team, to go and play a bowl game and to go and enjoy this and celebrate this.”

Friday, 24 November 2017 15:46

Josh Rosen Meets the Press

UCLA junior quarterback, Josh Rosen, met with the Bruin beat media and one the main topics of discussion was the letting go of UCLA head coach, Jim Mora. Rosen also is asked about his future at UCLA and how offensive coordinator, Jedd Fisch, is doing as the interim head coach and more. Enjoy!