Update on Reginald Stokes

When the 6-3, 240-pound defensive end from Alabama, Reginald Stokes, committed to UCLA last summer, he wasn't very well known. He's had a huge senior year and many programs have noticed. So, how does he sit with UCLA and his commitment?

Despite getting more recruiting attention because of a big senior year, Montgomery (Ala.) Carver defensive end Reginald Stokes (6-3, 240) is sticking with the school that he committed to at the beginning of summer.

"Yes sir, I'm 100% committed to UCLA," said Stokes. "I get letters from a lot of other schools, and a lot from the South, but I gave my commitment to UCLA."

Stokes was sort of an unknown when the Bruin staff offered him the last week in June. A week later, Stokes committed to UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell and running backs coach Eric Bieniemy.

"UCLA is a great school with a great football program," said Stokes. "I'm going to take my (official) trip there on December 16th-18th."

Stokes said he frequently speaks with Dorrell, Bieniemy and future position coach Thurmond Moore.

Carver's season ended in the second round of the state playoffs, but Stokes put together a season to remember from his rush end position. He finished the season with 155 tackles and 19 sacks, though he was disappointed in his otherwise impressive numbers.

"My older brother had 163 tackles his senior year, and I set a goal of breaking that," said Stokes. "He was a linebacker, so he didn't get many sacks but I had 19."

As a junior, Stokes tallied 137 tackles and 9.5 sacks, giving him 292 tackles and 28.5 sacks in his final two high school seasons.

Stokes said he's put on 10 pounds since the start of his senior year, and thinks he's about 240 right about, which is where he wants to be when he enrolls next fall.

Academically, Stokes said he is fully qualified with a 3.1 GPA and a 19 on the ACT.


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