3-Star OT Jaxson Kirkland Decommits From UCLA

    Three-star offensive tackle Jaxson Kirkland decommitted from UCLA on Thursday evening, leaving the Bruins with 16 total commits in the 2017 class.

    January 27, 2017

    Three-star offensive tackle Jaxson Kirkland decommitted from UCLA on Thursday evening, leaving the Bruins with 16 total commits in the 2017 class.


    This certainly isn’t the way UCLA head coach Jim Mora wanted to enter the final stretch before National Signing Day. Late Thursday evening, 3-star offensive tackle Jaxson Kirland decommitted from the Bruins.

    Kirkland expounded upon his decision via social media, thanking Mora and the UCLA staff for their recruitment.

    “First off I would like to thank the staff at UCLA, I have the outmost [sic] respect for everyone apart [sic] of it. With that being said, after talking with my family and saying prayers I have decided to part ways with UCLA. This was the toughest decision of my life and for my future and a special thanks to Coach Mora and Coach Klemm for taking interest in me early on and being tremendously classy people. Please respect my decision and no interviews. Thank you.”

    Kirkland had been committed to UCLA since August, and this new development comes less than a week after he was offered a scholarship by Oregon. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Kirkland appears to be a strong lean for his home-state Ducks and new head coach Willie Taggart. Kirkland is listed as the No. 52 tackle in the 2017 class, and No. 1 OT in the state of Oregon. The Ducks currently have one OT committed in this class, 3-star Alex Forsyth.

    With the decommitment, UCLA now has 16 recruits in the 2017 class, sitting at No. 20 in the recruiting class rankings.

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