After a couple weeks of gloomy recruiting news, UCLA Football picked up a big recruit in signing OG John Lopez. As reported by Brandon Huffman:
Orange (Calif.) Lutheran OL John Lopez Picks the Bruins recruiting.scout.com/2/1207559.html— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) August 2, 2012
HT LongtimeBru for first posting the news here on BruinsNation, but the commitment is worth expanding on. Lopez is a big recruit for the Bruins. Not only is he a mature 6'5 305 lbs., but he's one of the better OG's in the west. He is a 3* on Scout and 4* on Rivals and ESPN, and is said to have been impressive in the camp circuit. Lopez holds an impressive offer list, including roughly half of the Pac-12 and national schools Arkansas and Florida St.
Lopez joins OT's Christian Morris, Erik Bunte, and Sean Dowling in forming a pretty formidable group of offensive line recruits, is the 11th commitment to the 2013 class. Of course, nothing is set in stone at this point and the staff will surely have to keep recruiting Lopez as well as have a successful season in order to ensure that he sticks with the Bruins, but this is a nice pick-up at this stage.
We'll take a look at some highlights of Lopez after the jump.
Here are some highlights from his Junior year:
And his Sophomore year:
Lopez was recruited by Coach Klemm, but he’s a guy that UCLA has been chasing for a while. Coach Neuheisel offered him years ago, and it took a while for the new staff and Lopez to get comfortable.
Welcome to Westwood, John.