J.D. Groves, 6-2, 225, Keizer (Ore.) McNary, has verbally commmitted to UCLA, according to sources close to the high school.
Reportedly, J.D. Groves is in Los Angeles, and has unofficially visited UCLA a few times since being on his trip to the Southland, and verbally committed Wednesday while on campus.
Groves, who really made an impression in spring at the Oregon Nike Camp, is being recruited by UCLA as a fullback, while he's also being recruited by other schools as a linebacker.
At the Nike Camp, Groves put up very impressive numbers: 4.63 40, 4.26 in the shuttle, 29 inches in the vertical jump and 17 reps on the bench. Groves said previously that his best time in the 40 was actually 4.48, and also a 11.27 in the 100 meters.
Groves is considered a great fullback prospect, with explosiveness off the ball, a great body and build, and good hands.
It's pretty phenomenal that UCLA could get a commitment from a player who hails from a small school in Oregon, given how well the Oregon schools have done recently. But it's even more impressive that it's actually the second player UCLA has snagged from McNary High School. Current UCLA offensive lineman, Bryce Bohlander, is an alumnus and, in fact, Bohlander's father is the school's principal.
Groves said a couple of months ago that the schools he was considering the most were UCLA, Oregon and Washington.
Groves has a 3.4 GPA and has score an 1140 on his SAT.