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.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 16:49

Pickett Fence at Corner

Pickett Adarius 300Make no question about it, cornerback Adarius Pickett (5-11, 180, 4.5) from El Cerrito, Calif., is one of the best corners in the Golden State and a player that UCLA wants very badly to sign in February of 2014. Pickett is already doing research on UCLA.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 01:18

Mixon's the One

Mixon Joe 300If anyone who has seen Joe Mixon from Oakley (Calif.) Freedom on tape and isn’t impressed, should have their eyes examined. He is truly a very gifted running back. He already has, for a West Coast prospect, an unheard 35-plus offers and it’s only March. That could be a West Coast record for early offers. Yes indeed, Mixon's the one.

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Monday, 18 March 2013 15:57

Video Norman Powell Filling In

Sophomore guard, Norman Powell had the unenviable task of replacing UCLA's most consistent player, when freshman Jordan Adams broke his foot on the last play of the Bruins' thrilling victory over Arizona on Friday Night. Powell talks about the task and the team moving forward.

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Monday, 18 March 2013 14:10

UCLA Gymnastic Team Beats Arkansas

UCLA Ties Season High in 197.425-196.6 Win over Arkansas

Vanessa Zamarripa scores eighth career perfect 10 on vault.

 

Led by a perfect 10 by Vanessa Zamarripa on vault, UCLA matched its season-high team total in the regular season finale, scoring 197.425 to defeat Arkansas, which scored 196.6.

 

On Senior Day, the Bruins' fifth-year seniors came up big. In addition to scoring a 10 on vault, Zamarripa won uneven bars with a 9.95 and the all-around with a season-high-tying 39.675. Alyssa Pritchett hit career-highs on both vault (9.85) and floor exercise (9.95), and Kaelie Baer scoring a career-high 9.9 on vault for the third-straight meet. 

 

Zamarripa's 10 gave the Bruins a season-high score of 49.5 on vault and a first-rotation lead they never relinquished. Also contributing to the season-high mark were Dana McDonald and Lichelle Wong with 9.8s, Pritchett with a 9.85, Baer with a 9.9 and Olivia Courtney with her second-straight 9.95. Arkansas started its meet with a 49.1 on bars, led by Shelby Salmon's 9.85.

 

The Bruins lost a little bit of their lead in rotation two, scoring 49.125 on uneven bars to Arkansas' 49.225 on vault. UCLA received scores of 9.775 from Danusia Francis, Wong and Monique De La Torre, along with a 9.8 from Sophina DeJesus and 9.825 from Courtney before Zamarripa closed it out with a 9.95.

 

UCLA held strong on beam in the third rotation, scoring 49.25. Baer and Wong started things off with 9.8s, and DeJesus tied her career-high with a 9.875. After a 9.75 from Courtney and 9.825 from Zamarripa, Francis performed a near-flawless routine to score a career-high 9.95.

 

With UCLA leading by less than three-tenths of a point, 147.875-147.600, heading into the final rotation, victory was up for grabs, especially after UCLA's leadoff performer on floor fell. But Sydney Sawa, competing on floor for the first time since suffering an ankle sprain in January, came through big with a 9.85 to set the tone for the rest of the rotation. DeJesus followed with a career-high 9.9, Zamarripa also scored 9.9, and Pritchett and Courtney closed with back-to-back 9.95s to give UCLA a season-high-tying 49.55 and the victory. Arkansas scored 49.0 on beam to finish with 196.6.  

 

"Obviously, I'm thrilled for our seniors, but what was really important for us as a team was to hit four events great," said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. "We haven't done that all year. We needed to hit four events. And we made a point to huddle before and after every event to remind them of that, to keep the energy up. That was the goal for today, and that's exactly what they did." 

 

UCLA (10-4) begins postseason on Saturday, Mar. 23 at the Pac-12 Championships in Corvallis, Ore.

 

Team Results

1) UCLA 197.425

2) ARK 196.600

 

VAULT Results

1) Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA) 10.000

2) Olivia Courtney (UCLA) 9.950

3) Kaelie Baer (UCLA) 9.900, Katherine Grable (ARK) 9.900

 

BARS Results

1) Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA) 9.950

2) Erin Freier (ARK) 9.850, Shelby Salmon (ARK) 9.850

 

BEAM Results

1) Danusia Francis (UCLA) 9.950

2) Sophina DeJesus (UCLA) 9.875

3) Katherine Grable (ARK) 9.850

 

FLOOR Results

1) Olivia Courtney (UCLA) 9.950, Alyssa Pritchett (UCLA) 9.950

3) Sophina DeJesus (UCLA) 9.900, Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA) 9.900, Amy Borsellino (ARK) 9.900, Katherine Grable (ARK) 9.900

 

All-Around Results

1) Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA) 39.675

2) Katherine Grable (ARK) 39.475, Olivia Courtney (UCLA) 39.475

Monday, 18 March 2013 03:04

Free Video Howland Seed Presser

UCLA head coach Ben Howland held a press conference beat media and other outlets to discuss the brackets. Of course the Bruin coach is happy that his team is in the tournament, but as the video will display, he was perplexed with the way the Pac 12 was seeded. He also discusses what the team will be doing going forward and of course, Minnesota, UCLA's first-round opponent.

Monday, 18 March 2013 02:47

Howland Presser Quick Hits

Howland NCAA 300Coach Ben Howland is happy that his team is in the tournament, stating the obvious, but if he had his druthers, he would have higher seed, if, he could be in the west. As a matter of fact, he likes Cal’s seed. The Bears will be playing just down the road in San Jose.

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