The 2020 UCLA Bruins football season is on and today, we’re kicking off our new series of Gettin’ to know U — a detailed look at all the information you should know about your UCLA Bruins at a specific position group.
Today’s group is the wide receivers, those pass-catchers hauling in receptions from QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
We’ll go in numerical order, as officially released on the 2020 UCLA football roster:
#2 Kyle Phillips — 5’11, 184, R-So.
From San Marcos High School in San Marcos, California, Phillips has played in 16 career games and has accumulated 712 career receiving yards on 66 catches and five touchdowns in his career to date. He’s chipped in with a return touchdown and seven more yards on a rushing carry to give him a total of 935 all-purpose yards to date.
He was a four-star recruit and was one of the top 200+ recruits nationally in his recruiting class after hauling in 2227 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns during his upperclassmen years in high school. Phillips has earned a spot on the Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll in the Spring 2018, Winter 2018, Fall 2019, Winter 2020 and Spring 2020.
#12 Matt Sykes — 6’4, 203, Fr.
Sykes enters the fold at WR after landing as a four-star recruit from 247Sports, hailing from Saint Louis School in Kapolei, Hawaii. He was the No. 4 ranked prospect in Hawaii and hauled in 742 receiving yards with seven scores as a senior. During his four years at Saint Louis School, he won State Championships four years in a row.
He was the MVP at the 2018 All-American Bowl National Combine and was a member of the 2020 Polynesian Bowl invite list.
#14 Josiah Norwood — 5’8, 165, R-So.
A high school quarterback, Norwood was a talented dual threat at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. He threw for 2,231 yards and 19 touchdowns while adding 697 rushing yards and nine more scores on the ground as a senior. He played in a few games a season ago as he transitions to a reserve receiver role with the Bruins.
Norwood earned spots on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in Spring 2020, Winter 2020 and Fall 2019.
#15 Jaylen Erwin — 5’11, 180, Sr.
Originally from Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, Erwin spent two seasons at powerhouse Hutchinson Community College in Kansas where he earned a three-star recruit profile. In his final year at Hutchinson, he hauled in 436 receiving yards and six scores while making the All-KJCCC All-Conference squads in each of his two seasons.
He’s a relative to former Bruin linebacker Roman Phifer and was a letterer in track and field during his time at high school.
In his lone season as a Bruin to date, Erwin hauled in 32 catches for 339 yards, two touchdowns and was a serious threat after the catch.
#17 Logan Loya — 6’0, 184, Fr.
A four-star recruit from 247Sports, Loya enters the mix at receiver from St. John Bosco High School in Garden Grove. He was a top 247 recruit nationally and was the 20th-ranked prospect in the state of California for his class. He hauled in 72 catches in his senior season with nine scores and had 10 catches for 132 yards in his state-championship winning performance against De La Salle in 2019.
He was a former member of Orange Lutheran High School and was an invite to the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame World Bowl after his senior season.
#18 Charles Njoku — 6’4, 219, R-Fr.
The younger brother of two incredibly talented pass-catchers ahead of him, Njoku was ranked as a four-star recruit from Rivals.com while landing as the No. 9 ranked recruit in the state of New Jersey. He caught 52 passes for 1,106 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior from Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, New Jersey.
Charles is the younger brother of former first-round NFL draft pick David while other brother Evidence is a member of the University of Miami football program. He also lettered in track and field in high school in the high jump, long jump and triple jump.
#21 Michael Ezeike — 6’5, 228, Jr.
Ezeike has played in 17 career games as a Bruin, chipping in with 12 catches for 136 yards and two scores during the 2018 year but was held without a catch last season. He’s originally from Colony High School in Upland and was a four-star prospect on the 247Sports Composite in his class. He had 25 touchdowns in his final two years in high school and was the 39th-best prospect in the state of California.
His first career catch came against Oklahoma, and was also a touchdown in 2018.
#23 Chase Cota — 6’3, 201, Jr.
Originally from South Medford High School in Medford, Oregon, Cota has seen action in all 24 possible games since he enrolled. He was a consensus four-star recruit and was the 27th-ranked receiver in the country in his recruiting class.
He has hauled in 38 career catches for 518 yards and three scores, with his long reception of 61 yards coming a season ago. His dad played defensive back in the NFL with the Panthers, Colts, Rams and Saints from 1995 to 2002. Chase has also been a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in Spring 2020 and Winter 2020.
#26 Ashton Authement — 6’2, 204, R-Fr.
Authement was a member of the Notre Dame High School CIF Championship team from Riverside and set new school records in all-time career receptions, receiving touchdowns, receiving yards and receiving yards in a season during what could only be described as an illustrious high school career. His final season saw him catch 51 passes for 1,014 yards and 19 scores and he was also a member of the basketball, baseball and track teams.
#29 Delon Hurt — 6’0, 201, Jr.
A former three-star recruit, Hurt has made an impact on special teams during his seasons at UCLA after entering the mix as the No. 52-ranked recruit from the state of California after playing at Servite High School. He hauled in 17 touchdowns during his final two seasons in high school and his first catch came against Cal a season ago on a two-point conversion.
Hurt has also earned spots on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in Winter 2019 and Spring 2020.
#35 Devanti Dillard — 6’0, 201, Fr.
Dillard enters UCLA’s receiving room after scoring seven touchdowns in his final seasons at Etiwanda High School in Fontana. He was selected to play in the 2020 Hawaii Tiki Bowl after helping his high school reach the CIF quarterfinals.
#36 Ethan Fernea — 6’0. 196, R-Sr.
The relative veteran of the group, Fernea has been with the Bruins since 2016 and has logged 33 career games with UCLA. He’s hauled in six receptions over his time for 109 yards and a score but has made his major impact on special teams as he’s accumulated seven career special teams tackles.
Fernea has made the Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll in Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Winter 2018 and Winter 2019. He was also given the Bobby Field Captains’ Award at the team banquet following the 2019 season
#81 Hudson Habermehl — 6’6, 221, R-Fr.
Habermehl hails from Woodcreek High School in Roseville where he hauled in 334 receiving yards and six scores as a first-team all-league section in his final season. He also played lacrosse, volleyball and basketball, winning his Coaches Award for Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year.
His dad played football at Cal Poly SLO and his uncle played for USC. His sister ran track at Chico State while his grandfather played in teh Canadian Pro League and was a member of the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff during their Super Bowl run in 2001. Hudson has made the Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll in Winter 2020 and Spring 2020.
#86 Bradley Schlom — 5’11, 181, Fr.
A highly-sought after recruit, Schlom was a three-star prospect and one of the top players in the state of California from Corona del Mar High School. He caught 91 balls for 1,151 yards and 17 touchdowns during his final season and had two return touchdowns. He was the Sunset League co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2019.
His grandfather attended UCLA and his younger sister was a junior Olympic swimmer.