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With Deshun Murrell in, UCLA welcomes 16 on Signing Day

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Murrell recommitted to the Bruins to make it 16 new faces in Westwood

The UCLA Bruins Early Signing Day class of 2021 got a big boost a day late when Deshun Murrell recommitted to the Bruins following a brief pledge to Penn State.

After committing in the summer but decommitting in November, Murrell pledged and signed his letter of intent with the Bruins after all.

“It was a tough — very tough decision,” said Murrell. “I did go back and forth between UCLA and Penn State, and Penn State is a great program, but I feel like UCLA is trending, that they will be on the rise, and the degree I can get there with the networking really put them over the top.

“I know after football, UCLA will set me up. They have the best overall situation for me with academics and football. I went back and forth, but UCLA is right for me.”

With Murrell in the class, UCLA’s recruiting class is now 16 players strong who signed letters of intent on the Early Signing Day period.

Here is the official list and the biography page that UCLA put together for each player:

Deshun Murrell, RB, Centreville, Ala. BIO

Devin Kirkwood, DB, Gardena, Calif., BIO

Isaiah Newcombe, ATH, Queen Creek, Ariz., BIO

Tyler Kiehne, OLB, Los Lunas, N.M., BIO

Ezavier Staples, WR, Long Beach, Calif., BIO

Keontez Lewis, WR, East St. Louis, Ill., BIO

Quintin Somerville, DL, Scottsdale, Ariz., BIO

Kajiya Hollawayne, QB, San Jacinto, Calif., BIO

Thomas Cole, OL, San Luis Obispo, Calif., BIO

DJ Justice, WR, Mission Hills, Calif., BIO

Garrett DiGiorgio, OL, Phelan, Calif., BIO

Noah Pulealii, OL, Salinas, Calif., BIO

Benjamin Roy, OL, Henderson, Nev., BIO

Josh Moore, DB, Atlanta, Ga., BIO

Christian Burkhalter, OLB, Spanish Fort, Ala., BIO

AJ Campbell, DL, Akron, Ohio, BIO