Theo Howard, the nation's #8-ranked receiver from Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake, signed financial aid papers Monday so he can enroll at UCLA in January.
Howard verbally committed to UCLA two weeks ago, chosing UCLA over USC, Oregon, Texas A&M and others.
He had been verbally committed to Oregon last spring, and then decommitted in August. The feeling was that UCLA was then the leader, while he took an official visit to UCLA but also Texas A&M.
Signing financial aid papers binds UCLA to Howard, but Howard is not bound by them. In theory, Howard could still opt out anytime before he enrolls in January while UCLA can't. But it's known that Howard's commitment to UCLA is very solid.
Howard is the highest-ranked receiver prospect UCLA has signed in many years, and it's hoped that Howard will be a deep-threat, elusive weapon for UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.