Daily Headlines: UCLA wins a big Pac-12 recruiting battle

2021 athlete Devin Kirkwood announced his commitment to UCLA, as the Bruins became a late favorite in his recruitment, keeping the California product in-state over what Arizona State, previously considered Kirkwood’s desired destination. Kirkwood is an extremely talented player with spectacular versatility that will be a great fit in UCLA’s system. Although Kirkwood doesn’t have a position listed, he’s a great defensive asset, and he projects to eventually slot into UCLA’s secondary with superb physicality. His recruitment was largely a battle of Pac-12 schools, although a few Ivy League squads, Notre Dame, and Michigan were also interested in his services. 

NC State lands a 4-star QB

Pro-style quarterback Aaron McLaughlin decommitted from Auburn this past winter, and the NC State Wolfpack took full advantage, recruiting McLaughlin consistently. They were rewarded with McClaughlin’s commitment, one that he says “feels different” from when he committed to Auburn, a decision that the Georgia product made while he was still on campus. Since then, McLaughlin feels he has matured, and his decision to commit to the Wolfpack was made at home. Last year, NC State had three alumni as starting signal-callers in the NFL, and their success in pumping out NFL QBs was most definitely a factor in McLaughlin’s commitment. He’ll be headed to the ACC, where he will try to boost NC State to the top of the conference.

 Taulia commits to Maryland
Making the headlines late yesterday evening was the decision of Taulia Tagovailoa to transfer to Maryand. A year ago, the Terrapins just missed out on Jalen Hurts, who ended up heading to Oklahoma, but this time they managed to land the high-profile Alabama transfer, as they’ll take Tagovailoa, and hope he can bring them back to Big 10 relevancy. The Terrapins looked to be a strong team to start 2019, but they quickly faded, and hopefully some consistency at the quarterback position can help their case.

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