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.

No. 16 UCLA Defeats WSU in Pac-12 Opener, 6-5

Pries and Stronach each collect two hits for the Bruins.




LOS ANGELES –Jake Pries and Jack Stronach each recorded two hits, while Michael Toglia drove in two runs as the No. 16 UCLA baseball team earned a 6-5 win over Washington State in the Pac-12 opener on Friday from Jackie Robinson Stadium.


Jake Bird (2-1) earned the win tossing 6.0 innings allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits with two strikeouts. Kyle Mora recorded his first career save throwing the final 1.1 innings allowing two runs on three hits with one strikeout.


The Bruins trailed 3-0 in the third inning but would put up three runs to tie the game. With runners on second and third Daniel Amaral knocked in a run with a base hit through the left side of the infield to score Jake Hirabayashi for UCLA's first run. Two batters later, Toglia would hit a line drive over the right fielder's head for a two-run double to make the score 3-3.


UCLA would then score three runs in the sixth inning to take a 6-3 lead. Jeremy Ydens led off the frame with a single to right field and came home on a double off the bat of Chase Strumpf to left-center field. Stronach would then hit an RBI-single to right field and Hirabayashi would lift a fly ball to left field to score Pries on a sacrifice fly.


WSU looked to make a comeback in the ninth inning as Justin Harrer hit a solo home run to center field followed by Cal Waterman grounding out to the second baseman to plate a run and cut the lead to 6-5. However, Mora was able to get Wyatt Segle to pop up to shortstop for the final out of the game.


Washington State jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the second inning as Jack Smith plated Andres Alvarez from third base with a ground ball to the shortstop, followed by JJ Hancock scoring on a passed ball in the second inning.


The Cougars tacked on one more run in the third inning as Hancock hit a ball up the middle with the bases loaded to score Dillon Plew but his base hit was taken away on a diving stop by Ryan Kreidler as he was able to cut down the runner at second base.


WSU's A.J. Block (0-2) suffered the loss allowing three runs on five hits in 2.2 innings in relief, while starter Isaac Mullin went 2.2 innings allowing three runs on three hits with one strikeout.


UCLA (11-4) scored six runs on 10 hits with one error, while Washington State (4-10) finished the game with five runs on 12 hits and no errors.


The second game of this three-game Pac-12 series will be played on Saturday at 2 p.m. PT at Jackie Robinson Stadium.


Game Notes: This is the fourth game this season the Bruins have collected double-digit hits … Michael Toglia recorded his team-best seventh double of the year … Toglia tallied his fourth multi-RBI game of the season … Daniel Amaral collected his sixth RBI of the year … Jake Bird threw 6.0 innings or more for the fourth time in five starts this year … Jack Stronach recorded his second multi-hit game of the season and Jake Pries recorded his first … Six different Bruins scored one run today … Jeremy Ydens tied for the team-high with five stolen bases.

Saturday, 17 March 2018 13:26

Osa Odighizuwa On Coaching Change

Sophomore defensive lineman, Osa Odighizuwa, met with the Bruin beat media after a recent practice and he talked about the coaching change and more. Enjoy!

Thursday, 15 March 2018 13:42

Marcus Moore Talks New Defense

Sophomore defensive lineman, Marcus Moore, met with the Bruin beat media after a recent practice to touch upon spring practice and the changes brought by the new coaching staff. There is also a new keyword the defense wants to bring to the table and Moore lets everyone in on the secret. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 14:33

Turnovers End Season For Bruins

Holiday A SBUThe season came to a disappointing end for UCLA (21-12) as they fell to St. Bonaventure (26-7) and the Bonnie’s aggressive defense, 65-58. The things that plagued Bruins losses all season long raised their head in this game.

When UCLA would lose, it was because of turnovers, long droughts of scoring, and not making their free throws. Two out of three causes raised their ugly head in this game.

The Bruins had 20 turnovers, a season-high. The Bonnies were able to take advantage UCLA’s turnover problems by turning them into 30 points. Because of Bruin turnovers, there was long period of time where UCLA didn’t score and the Bonnie would go on a run. It was all too much for the Bruins to overcome.

“Well, great job by Mark and his staff,” Steve Alford, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men’s Head Basketball Coach said. “We haven't been held down like that offensively, very often.

“For two teams that kind of had a season where the offense was probably their strength, it became a defensive game. I thought we were really good defensively. I thought we did the things we wanted to do to Mobley and Adams, two really good players. And so I think that really gave ourselves a chance.

“We just had too many turnovers. We've been a team over the last month that's really handled the ball well, and we had a lot of live-ball errant passes today that I think the difference in the game was 30 to three in [points off] turnovers.

“That's hard to overcome, especially in an NCAA game, when you give up that many points. And it takes that away from your offense. We had 10 fewer shots. In most games this year, we were getting more shots than our opponents. So, credit their defense, but we were very uncharacteristic with our offense.

But I'm proud of these guys. These two to my right [Thomas Welsh, Aaron Holiday] have meant so much to our program and our culture. You got to see what kind of players they are. They're better people. They're better young men. And that says a lot because they're terrific, great players. And I really appreciate what they've given to this program both on the floor, off the floor and in the classroom. They've been first class in everything that we've asked for them.

“So, unfortunately, March, there's a finality to it and we've reached our finality today. But these two will end up having great careers beyond college. And they'll go on and be highly successful just because of the people that they are. I really appreciate what they've meant to our program.”

Now the Bruins have a long offseason to regain their bearings. UCLA has an outstanding recruiting class coming in to go with the one currently on campus, so the future looks bright.

Gone will be Thomas Welsh, who had an outstanding season, though his last game as a Bruin he never was able to get into the swing of things offensively scoring two points, he did come down with 15 rebounds.

GG Golomon also played his game as a Bruin. He, too, only scored two points in his swan song, but did block four shots.

More than likely, Aaron Holiday will probably enter the NBA draft and be going his brothers in the league, but no announcement has been made, as of yet. Assuming Holiday has played his last game as a Bruin, he went out scoring 20 points and seven assists.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 13:22

Chip Kelly Pre-Practice Presser

UCLA head coach, Chip Kelly, met with the Bruin beat media pre-practice (03-13-18) and the first topic of conversation was defense. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 12:08

Moses Robinson-Carr Starts Anew

UCLA sophomore to be, Moses Robinson-Carr, saw action as a tight end as a true freshman, but Chip Kelly and the new coaching staff saw something in Robinson-Carr that prompted a switch to defensive line and that is where he is lining up this spring. Robinson-Carr talks about the switch and more. Enjoy!

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