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Pac-12 recruiting: UCLA goes big on Signing Day

Published February 6, 2013 6:32 pm

Pac-12 • Fitts, Woulard headling Bruins' catches.
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UCLA's Signing Day momentum began Tuesday night when Kylie Fitts, a defensive end who had Notre Dame and Utah among his final choices, announced he was signing with the Bruins.

From there, the Bruins' roll never really stopped, as many believe UCLA had the best class in the Pac-12.

The Bruins also nabbed four-star quarterback Asiantii Woulard, a dual-threat quarterback out of Winter Park, Fla.

His signing will make Bruins fans forget the high-profile quarterbacks the Bruins missed earlier in the recruiting process.

The Bruins also signed Isaac Savaiinaea, a linebacker out of Hawaii who chose UCLA over Texas A&M.

Close behind UCLA was rival USC. The Trojans had several players decommit in the days leading up to signing day, but still pulled in a strong class because, well, they are the Trojans.

Quinton Powell, an outside linebacker from Daytona Beach, was the highlight of Wednesday's decisions for the Trojans. The onetime Florida commit went with USC when several others have bailed, including Fitts and linebacker Matthew Thomas, who stayed close to home and signed with FSU.

Powell was one of five five-star signees for the Trojans, who also picked up a running back in Ty Isaac and a 6-foot-5, 215-pound quarterback in Max Browne out of Washington.

Washington also had a good day, getting Joe Mathis, a defensive end recruited by the Utes, to sign as well as receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow, who was considered one of the best receivers in California.

The Huskies also kept the California schools away from corner Jermaine Kelly.

Oregon might like to score fast and furious with its offense, but it showed it could come from behind on recruiting day when former Cal commit Cameron Hunt, a 6-4, 267-pound offensive tackle and former USC commit Torrodney Prevot signed with the Ducks.

Some Pac-12 schools took some hits as ASU's prospective quarterback went with Tennessee and Oregon State didn't gain much momentum from its season and pulled in just an average class.

Colorado, to no surprise, didn't make many waves in recruiting.




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