Jarrad Page, 6-0, 190, San Leandro (Calif.) High, verbally committed to UCLA yesterday.
Page is ranked the #16 cornerback in the nation by TheInsiders, but many scouts project him as a safety on the next level. He is good-sized, has a nose for the ball and excellent hitting ability. He was also a standout wide receiver for San Leandro last year.
Page was a longtime UCLA lean, his older brother having gone to school in Westwood. Washington was thought to be UCLA's toughest competition, while he also strongly considered Oregon. He also visited Oregon State and Illinois officially.Not only is Page a very good get because of how good he is as a football player and his character, he also brings an added bonus: He's very good friends with San Leandro junior quarterback, Dennis Dixon, who is projected to be one of the best quarterback prospects on the west coast for next year.
Page is UCLA's 25th commitment of the recruiting season. Two of those commitments are from JC players, so 23 high school seniors count against the scholarship limit for the season, with a total of 25 able to be given in any one year. UCLA is still very involved with Fresno defensive back Aaron Miller, La Palma wide receiver Rhema McKnight, Long Beach offensive lineman Winston Justice, and Virginia linebacker Justin London, while also still recruiting Banning defensive lineman Fred Matua. If UCLA were to go over the 25-scholarship limit, it has arranged to grey shirt one of the incoming freshmen, which means that player would enroll next January instead of in fall so that his scholarship goes against the count for next year's recruiting class.
UCLA's recruiting class is currently ranked #3 in the country (Recruiting Class Rankings), and the commitment of Page solidifies that ranking. UCLA has a very good chance with Miller, McKnight and Justice, and if perhaps the Bruins gets even just two among those three, its class would most likely improve to the #2 spot in the nation.
Miller has said he will announce his decision soon, possibly by the end of the week. Justin London will announce Thursday, while Justice told BRO last night that he'll announce his decision Friday.