longbordr52 already fanshotted the fantastic news. It's worth it's own post. Anthony Barr, the number 10 ranked OLB in the country (per scout.com) committed to UCLA this afternoon over Notre Dame. Scout.com broke the story, Jon Gold confirmed it over at the Daily News.
This is big news. Barr a 4 star recruit is an explosive athlete with size and speed who will have an opportunity to compete for glamor positions on both sides of the field. Here is a quick video highlights on Anthony:
UCLA recruited Barr (6'4 225) as an athlete. I am guessing he might get an opportunity to compete for a spot at tailback against Jet Ski, Thigpen, Jones and James. However, he might also fit in nicely among our LB corps (where CRN is assembling serious talent). Also, if he can put on 25-30 lbs in college with his speed I can also see him turning out to be an Akeem Ayers type of monster who can fit in as a hybrid DE/LB in our front-7.
Either way this is awesome news. Barr becomes our 18th commit and this news will certainly give a huge boost to our efforts during the crunch time of this year's recruiting period. Great stuff. Welcome to Westwood Anthony.
UPDATE (N): The OC Register has the following comment from Barr:
“It was the hardest decision of my life,” Barr told Rivals. “I’ll always be a Notre Dame fan.”
Sounds like a very classy kid. Another note on where he is going to end up. I realize lot of folks have strong feelings on where he should play. I think he will get a legit shot at whichever position he wants to try out first. What's really important here is UCLA is getting an explosive athlete will with size and speed who will be another important piece of the puzzle in the coming years. GO BRUINS.