Harwell had committed last summer to UCLA. He then went on to have a huge senior season, recording over 100 tackles and 21 sacks.
He also then waivered on his commitment, taking an official visit to ASU and saying publicly he was still undecided before he told a few media outlets Tuesday he'd sign with UCLA today.
With a recruiting class made up of many unknown prospects, Harwell, the #10-ranked defensive end in the country, was the cornerstone of the class. Keeping Harwell in the fold is a paricular coup for Head Coach Karl Dorrell and his staff.
It was also announced that Brandon Breazell, a 5-11, 160-pound wide receiver from Fresno (Calif.) Edison, verbally committed to UCLA.
Breazell was fairly unknown among recruiting circles, but did collect 57 receptions for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns in his senior season. UCLA pursued Breazell fairly late in the recruiting game.
UCLA is still involved with wide receiver Chris Vaughn, 6-4, 200, Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas More. Recent reports have him leaning to Iowa or Notre Dame however.
Another wide receiver, Chancellor Young, that UCLA was still recruiting, committed to Duke Tueseday. Perhaps the best among UCLA's committed linemen, Shannon Tevaga from La Mirada, confirmed earlier in the week he would stick with his verbal commitment to UCLA. The re-affirmation of the the commitments of Harwell and Tevaga were the best news for the UCLA staff this week, and keeps the best among UCLA's recruiting class in the fold.
UCLA, including the JC recruits it signed in December, totals 26 new players that will be on the roster in spring, barring any late surprises on Signing Day today.