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Bruin Bites: Class of '17 4 Star DE, Hunter Echols, Verbals to UCLA

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Lost in the shuffle of National Signing Day for the Class of 2016 was the verbal commitment given to UCLA by the Catherdral High product, who calls UCLA his "dream school."

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Good morning! Time to clear out the cobwebs after last night's "Big Game." Seriously, I want to lead the charge to get the Monday after the Super Bowl made into a national holiday. We combined Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays into one holiday some time ago. Can't we just a bump that one back a Monday or two? End of rant. Let's check out some Bruin Bites today.

Football Recruiting

According to Bruin Report Online, whose story is not currently behind a firewall, and the L.A. Times, UCLA received a verbal commitment from Class of 2017 four star defensive end, Hunter Echols, last week. Echols is the second ranked DE in California. It's never too early to start recruiting for the next cycle!

Women's Basketball

The UCLA Women's Basketball team salvaged a split in the desert with a convincing victory over the Arizona Wildcats, 73-39, raising the Bruins' record to 17-6, 9-3 PAC12. The game was never in doubt as UCLA raced to a 16-2 1st quarter lead, and was up 34-11 at the half.

UCLA faces the Washington schools at Pauley Pavilion this weekend, with the Wazzou Cougs on Friday, and UDub on Sunday.

Men's Volleyball

In an interesting scheduling quirk, the #1 ranked UCLA Men's Volleyball team traveled to Hawai'i over the weekend for a 2 game "series" against the #5 Rainbow Warriors. Although the Bruins fell to Hawai'i on Friday night, they avenged the setback on Saturday with a 5 set victory, 22-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9. In doing so, UCLA snapped Hawai'i's 17 game home winning streak. UCLA is 11-1 on the season and should retain its #1 rank even though the Bruins split with Hawai'i.

Women's Tennis

The UCLA Women's Tennis team beat Northwestern in convincing fashion at the L.A. Tennis Center on Monday, 6-1. The Bruins, now 3-1, host a doubleheader against Cal State Northridge and UC Davis this Saturday.

Women's Gymnastics

UCLA gymnastics welcomed the Utah Utes to Pauley Pavilion on Saturday in front of a nice crowd of 7,546. Those in attendance were rewarded with a great competition, as UCLA came from behind in the final rotation (the floor exercise, in which UCLA is tops in the nation) to nip the Utes, 197.100-197.075, a .025 margin. Saquida Bynum pushed the Bruins over the top, scoring a 9.95 on the floor when needing a 9.925 to tie Utah. Well done!

Hope you enjoyed the Bites today. Have a great week and Go Bruins!!!