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, 29 January 2013 02:41

Travis Wear Update

UCLA redshirt junior forward Travis Wear remains day-to-day after having suffered a concussion in the Bruins’ game against Arizona on Thursday, Jan. 24. Wear’s activity at practice on Monday was limited to conditioning and shooting. He did not play in UCLA’s game at Arizona State on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Monday, 28 January 2013 19:53

UCLA Baseball Ranked No. 2

UCLA Ranked No. 2 in USA Today/ESPN Preseason Poll 

 

Bruins to enter the 2013 season ranked No. 2 in the coaches' poll.

Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA Baseball team has been ranked No. 2 in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' preseason poll. The Bruins, who reached the College World Series for the second time in three seasons in 2012, received four first-place votes in the poll.

Arkansas came in at No. 1 in the preseason poll, followed by the Bruins, LSU, North Carolina and South Carolina in that order. Oregon, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Florida State and Arizona rounded out the top-10. The No. 2 preseason ranking is the highest the Bruins have earned in a preseason poll since the program was ranked preseason No. 1 by USA Today/ESPN in 2011.

UCLA is one of six Pac-12 teams in the preseason top 25, joining Oregon (No. 6), Stanford (No. 7), Arizona (No. 10), Oregon State (No. 14) and Arizona State (No. 20). The Bruins will play a total 21 games against teams in the preseason top-25. They will play a three-game series against each of the aforementioned Pac-12 teams, a three-game series against No. 23 Baylor, a two-game set against No. 22 Cal State Fullerton, and one game against No. 16 Oklahoma.

In addition to the USA Today/ESPN poll, UCLA has been ranked No. 5 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason top-40 poll, No. 6 in Perfect Game USA's preseason top-25 poll, and No. 12 in Baseball America's preseason poll.

UCLA has made the postseason in six of the last seven seasons and has hosted an NCAA Regional at Jackie Robinson the last three seasons. The Bruins also hosted an NCAA Super Regional at Jackie Robinson Stadium in 2010 and 2012 and are the two-time defending Pac-12 champions. UCLA returns 17 letterwinners off of last season's squad, including their entire starting rotation, led by preseason All-American Adam Plutko. Juniors Nick Vander Tuig and Zack Weiss also return to the rotation while sophomore Grant Watson comes back after a great freshman campaign in 2012. In the bullpen, junior Ryan Deeter and sophomore David Berg will be counted on to handle the late innings for the Bruins.

In the outfield, juniors Brian Carroll and Brenton Allen, and sophomore Eric Filia will all look to step into bigger roles in 2013 after the Bruins lost their entire starting outfield from a year ago. Juniors Pat Valaika and Kevin Williams, and sophomore Kevin Kramer will look to anchor the infield while sophomore Chris Keck will look to build upon a solid freshman season. The Bruins also brought in the No. 2 ranked recruiting class back in September and will count on numerous freshmen to make key contributions in 2013.

UCLA will kick off the 2013 season with a three-game series against Minnesota starting on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6 pm at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The series will continue on Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm and 1 pm respectively. 

http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/012813aae.html

Thursday, 24 January 2013 16:51

Johnson locks it down

Johnson Johnny 200

The Bruins are getting rich in the defensive secondary. When they landed  Fresno (Calif.) Central East corner, Johnny Johnson (5-10, 175) they received one of the nation’s best.

Johnson will come to UCLA ready to compete because he received outstanding high school coaching from Tony Perry one of the country’s best high school defensive back coaches. Perry let’s Bruin fans in on the type of prospect on his way to Westwood.

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 20:05

UCLA football on the mend

 

Jim-MoraUCLA's football season was the most successful season since 2005.  Thanks in large part to the new commitment of the players to be winners. That trend started with the hiring of Jim Mora as football coach.

Bruin fans at first were lukewarm about the hire. The rumblings that rambled

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Monday, 25 February 2013 08:00

The Barr Raised

Barr Anthony 300It is true that the Bruins recently signed an outstanding recruiting class that is going to bode well for UCLA's future down the road. The Bruins truly hit the mother lode when junior linebacker, Anthony Barr opted to continue his college career putting off a NFL payday for a year. That couldn't have been easy to do. It was quite possible that Barr would have gone in the first round in the upcoming draft.

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Thursday, 29 November 2012 05:41

Coach Mora: Post-Practice on Thursday

Jim-MoraThe 15/16th-ranked Bruins (9-2, 6-2) continued their work for Saturday's Pac-12 Conference game (3:35 p.m. on FOX; and radio broadcast in the Los Angeles area by the Bruin IMG Network on am570) against No. 11 Stanford this morning on Spaulding Field.

Bruin Notes ---- UCLA is ranked fifth in the nation in sacks (3.5/g). The Bruins have captured 11 of the last 18 home games played versus teams ranked in the Associated Press poll, including Nebraska, Arizona and USC this season. Quarterback Brett Hundley is tied with Cade McNown for second on the all-time touchdown passes in a season list at 25 (Drew Olson, 2005 is No. 1 - 34). Hundley's eight rushing touchdowns rank tied for sixth on that list with Rick Bashore, 1978 (No. 1 are John Sciarra, 1975 and Gary Beban, 1965 with 14). Johnathan Franklin ranks fifth in the nation in rushing (131.0). Anthony Barr is ranked fourth in the nation in sacks (1.09) and tied for eighth in the nation in tackles for loss (1.64). Senior cornerback Sheldon Price ranks tied for 14th in the nation in interceptions (0.40/g). Senior punter Jeff Locke has placed 20 punts this season at or inside the 10-yard line.

The game time for the Pac-12 Championship contest on Friday, Nov. 30 is 5 p.m., and it will be televised by FOX. For ticket information call 310-UCLA-WIN or visit uclabruins.com/tickets.