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.

Thursday, 28 February 2013 21:36

Bruins Laying Recruiting Foundation

Hundley USC 350The Bruins are coming off two straight successful recruiting classes since Jim Mora took over the UCLA football program. When a school like UCLA shows the kind of improvement the Bruins did in 2012 then you can quickly become the flavor of the month with topflight talent. It couldn’t have happened at a better time for the Bruins.

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Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:48

Howland Talks ASU

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UCLA head coach Ben Howland was obviously pleased with his team's performance last night. It was key game, in a must situation, for the Bruins. The win sets up another important game Saturday against an angry Wildcat team that lost to USC.
Thursday, 28 February 2013 15:30

Adams and Anderson Post ASU

The Bruins were by led to victory by a trio of talented freshman in Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, and Shabazz Muhammad. The trio combined for 64 of UCLA's 79 points. Adams and Anderson talk to the media after the important overtime victory.
Thursday, 28 February 2013 07:59

Bruins Prevail Over ASU

Howland B SU 405The Bruins (21-7, 11-4) needed a victory against the Sun Devils (20-9, 9-7) for many reasons. One was for redemption for the way they played in the desert after a huge win against Arizona 

Another reason was to prove to themselves that this group of Bruins have a very tough mindset. UCLA played without the services of Travis Wear, yet they gutted another short suited victory over another tough opponent.

The Bruins prevailed in overtime against a scrappy ASU team, 79-74.

It was a true team effort led by three freshman who put on a scoring display. Jordan Adams led the Bruins with 22 points, many of them came in the clutch.

Shabazz Muhammad who is playing with an eye issue and tweaked an ankle in the first half scored 21 points. He was steady the whole night through.

Another freshman, Kyle Anderson, also had 21 points. Between Anderson, Muhammad and Adams, they scored 64 of UCLA’s 79 points. That alone would be impressive enough, but this threesome did so much more than just score points to help the Bruins win.

Adams had another fine game rebounding the basketball and his boards seemed come when the Bruins needed them most. He ended up with six rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. He also did a lot of the grimy defensive work that doesn’t find itself in the box score.

Muhammad had seven rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist while getting a lot of attention from ASU’s defense.

In addition to his 21 points, Anderson also did some nifty work off the glass accounting for 15 rebounds, six of them were of offensive variety. Anderson had another double-double giving him eight on the season. He also had four blocked shots and three assists to his credit.

The three freshman weren’t the only ones who played a part in this victory. After being shut out in the first half, David Wear scored eight second half points and he also had seven rebounds.

Larry Drew II was once again masterful dishing off the rock, racking up 13 assists. He did have some uncharacteristic turnovers again in the second half that could have been because of fatigue.

“That was a great win for us,” UCLA head coach Ben Howland said. “I think our guys did a great job battling a very good ASU team. You can see that they have a great shot at being an NCAA tourney team.”

One of the areas the Bruins needed to show improvement on was in the rebounding department. UCLA was out rebounded by 20 boards in Tempe. ASU still had more rebounds, but the margin was only three and that made all the difference.

The Bruins will face an angry Arizona who will be coming into Pauley with a chip on their shoulder after being upset by USC.

Hopefully the Bruins will see the return of Travis Wear, who is now considered day to day.

UCLA’s wins puts them in outstanding position for a first-round bye in the Pac 12 tournament.


Wednesday, 27 February 2013 21:42

Bruins Wrap Up Road Rrip

No. 6 UCLA Wraps Up Three-Meet Road Swing at No. 4 Alabama

Bruins face two-time defending national champions.     

UCLA Travels to Alabama

Sixth-ranked UCLA (7-2) visits fourth-ranked and two-time defending NCAA champion Alabama (4-2-1) on Friday, Mar. 1 at 7:30 pm CT. This meet is the last of three-straight road meets against Top 15 teams for the Bruins.

Live Coverage

Friday's meet will be live streamed on rolltide.com, which will also host live stats. Follow @uclagymnastics on Twitter for live updates as well. 

In the Rankings

With Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) now determining rankings, UCLA dropped one spot to No. 6 with a RQS of 196.720. The Bruins rank third on beam (49.180), fifth on bars (49.205) and floor (49.285) and eighth on vault (49.245).

Vanessa Zamarripa is ranked No. 1 in the nation in both the all-around (39.590) and floor exercise (9.925) for the third consecutive week. She also ranks No. 5 on bars (9.890), No. 6 on vault (9.905) and No. 16 on beam (9.860). Olivia Courtney ranks 18th on vault (9.885), Danusia Francis is 11th on beam (9.865), and Alyssa Pritchett is 13th on floor (9.885).   

Bruins Score Road Best in Loss at Oklahoma

UCLA recorded its best score on the road this season, 197.2, but it wasn't enough, as second-ranked Oklahoma set a new school record with a total of 198.375. The Bruins had what head coach Valorie Kondos Field called the team's best meet of the season. Several Bruins had season and career-bests in the meet, including Sophina DeJesus, who returned to competition after sitting out two meets with a concussion and tied her career-bests on beam and floor with 9.875s. Vanessa Zamarripa scored 39.65 in the all-around to tie for second place and took home UCLA's only individual victory, winning uneven bars with a 9.95. 

Rematch on Tap in Tuscaloosa

UCLA will go head-to-head with the team that nipped the Bruins at the NCAA Championships the last two seasons, two-time defending champion Alabama. The Bruins came in second to the Tide at the 2011 NCAAs by just 0.275 points and was third by just 0.10 at the 2012 Championships. UCLA and Alabama have combined to win 12 NCAA titles, six by each team. 

About The Crimson Tide

Fourth-ranked Alabama is coming off a tie at Arkansas, with both teams scoring 197.1. Like UCLA at Oklahoma, the Crimson Tide's score was their highest road mark and their second-highest overall score this year. Alabama has posted 32 consecutive home wins and has not lost at Coleman Coliseum since Feb. 13, 2009 vs. LSU.    

Series History

UCLA has a 2-7 record in regular season play against the Tide. The Bruins' last win over Alabama came in 2001 in Los Angeles. The last time the two teams met in the regular season was 2008 in a quad meet in Los Angeles. Arkansas upset both teams in that meet, scoring 196.425 to Alabama's 195.925 and UCLA's 195.8. UCLA's last visit to Tuscaloosa came in 2007, with Alabama winning 197.225-196.475.              

Zamarripa Sets Pac-12 Records

With four Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week honors this season and nine in her career, Vanessa Zamarripa has set the standard in the conference. Her four awards this season tie the single-season record held by UCLA's Kristen Maloney in 2005. Zamarripa's nine career awards broke the record set by her former teammate Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, who totaled six.

Zamarripa has been dominant this season, ranking No. 1 in the nation in the all-around and on floor exercise, and winning the all-around in four of her six meets. In addition to her all-around wins, she has placed first on 15 of 26 routines (58%) this season.

Francis Beaming in First Year

Freshman Danusia Francis has been a star for the Bruins on balance beam, ranking 11th nationally on the event with a RQS of 9.865. Francis has placed first in four meets and in the Top 3 in six of seven meets. She has set career-highs of 9.925 twice on beam and has scored no lower than 9.8 all season. Francis has competed on uneven bars in every meet as the leadoff performer and posted a career-high of 9.8 last weekend at Oklahoma. The 2012 British Olympic alternate has also competed on floor the last three meets, scoring a high of 9.8 at Oklahoma.

DeJesus Makes Triumphant Comeback

Freshman Sophina DeJesus came back in a big way at Oklahoma after sitting out two weeks with a concussion, recording career-highs of 9.875 on beam and floor. DeJesus has been a strong performer for the Bruins all season, earning Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honors twice and totaling two event wins and five Top 3 finishes. She is averaging over 9.825 on both beam and floor and has a high of 9.9 on uneven bars.

Courtney Continues Consistent Effort

Junior Olivia Courtney has been one of the Bruins' most consistent gymnasts since her freshman season. Through her career, she has hit 99 of 102 routines (97%), with her only three misses all coming on balance beam. She is 21-for-21 this season and averages 9.854 on vault, 9.818 on bars and 9.890 on floor. At UCLA's Feb. 10 quad meet, she posted 39.475 in the all-around, just .025 shy of a personal-best, and tied for first on beam with a season-high 9.875.

UCLA to Host 2013 NCAA Championships

UCLA will host the 2013 NCAA Championships in Pauley Pavilion on Apr. 19-21. This will be UCLA's fourth time hosting the NCAAs. The Bruins won the national title the last time they hosted in 2004, scoring an NCAA record 198.125.

UCLA also previously hosted in 1998 and 1984. Tickets for the Championships are on sale now atuclabruins.com/tickets

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 16:08

Van Dyke Heating Up

Van-Dyke Kyle 300If you haven’t heard much about wide receiver, Alex Van Dyke (6-4, 205) from Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks, you will. Van Dyke and his teammate offensive lineman, Kameron Schroeder and his high school coach, Ryan Gomes, spent last weekend in Los Angeles. The purpose of the visit was to take an unofficial trip to UCLA and attend USC’s junior day on Sunday.

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