Found February 06, 2013 on
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UCLA got a recruiting bonus Wednesday.
Running back Malcolm Jones, who left UCLA last fall, will return to the Bruins program as a walk-on, head coach Jim Mora said.
Jones was a high-profile recruit out of Westlake Village Oaks Christian, where he was named the national Gatorade player of the year as a senior. But Jones career meandered his first three years at UCLA.
The 6-foot, 220-pound running back had 313 yards rushing in three seasons before leaving after the 2012 season opener. Jones planned to transfer to San Diego State but decided to return to UCLA.
UCLA needs to replace running back senior Johnathan Franklin, who set career and single-season rushing records. Jordon James, Steven Manfro and Paul Perkins are the Bruins' top three returning running backs. Damien Thigpen's availability remains uncertain after he suffered a knee injury last season.
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Perhaps the best RB in the 2013 NFL Draft, Johnathan Franklin now stands alone in the annals of UCLA history, as it’s all-time leading rusher with 4.403 yards (including an astounding 1,734 as a senior) and finished 2012 as a Doak Walker Award finalist (Nation’s best RB). Franklin was invited to Mobile, AL for the prestigious Senior Bowl where he continued to impress with his...
As NFL offenses typically focus on the passing game, DCs have been focusing on hybrid defenders, capable of lining up inside and out depending on the down and distance. Datone Jones meets this criteria, playing highly effective football at both DT and DE. He could be valuable to a 4-3 or 3-4 defense and is expected to go off the board in the first round of the 2013 draft.
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2012 saw Johnathan Franklin bounce back from a 2011 season in which he failed to break the 1,000 yard rushing mark (976 yards). Franklin completed his senior season with 1,734 yards on 282 carries, while reaching the endzone 13 times, all career highs. Franklin also hauled in 33 passes for 323 yards and 2 touchdowns, also career...
Defensive end Kylie Fitts, the nation's No. 8 defensive end, made the trip to his high school on Tuesday night to announce his commitment to the UCLA Bruins.