DL Lombard Is Committed

Not well known before his commitment, defensive line prospect <b>Kenneth Lombard</b> from Bellflower St. John Bosco is lavished with praise by his high school coach after his commmitment to the Bruins...

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco has developed a nice pipeline in to UCLA and now you can add another player to the mix. Kenneth Lombard, a 6-1, 271 pound defensive tackle committed to the Bruins shortly after attending UCLA's camp two weeks ago.

"I know he may not be a big name but to me, this was a no brainer," Bosco head coach Kiki Mendoza said. "Kenneth is so strong and quick off the ball and he's one of the smartest players we've ever had here. He may not run a great 40 but he's incredibly quick getting off the ball and his first five yards are explosive.

"I think his best asset though is his head. He's a thinking mans player. He's able to read the play before it happen and has a great understanding of the game. If it's a trap or a counter, he can see it developing and then can make the play. One on one, he's basically impossible to block because he's so active and has a serious mean streak on the field."

As a junior, Lombard totaled 100 tackles and four sacks to earn 2nd team All-League honors. He clocked a 4.57 in the shuttle with 21 reps on the bench at the SoCal Nike Camp but it was at UCLA's four day camp where he really shined. "Going in to that camp, he was barely hearing from UCLA," Mendoza said. "His goal was to go there, dominate and earn a scholarship and that's what happened. He was so excited because he has wanted to go to UCLA as long as I can remember. His older brother Kory played there, his sister went there, he has a ton of aunts and uncles who went there. Kenneth has just always wanted to play at UCLA so as a staff, we were excited he got his wish. He's a great kid who works hard and now that he has the decision out of the way, I think it will help him to concentrate on nothing but football this year and he should have an incredible year on the field for us."

academically, Lombard is carrying a 3.0 GPA and has scored a 970 on the SAT


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