Top Texas RB Brandon Stephens commits to UCLA

Stephens will go to UCLA.
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Stanford’s loss became UCLA’s gain on National Signing Day. 

A one-time commitment to the Cardinal, 2016 running back Brandon Stephens has opted to sign with Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins. 

Hailing from Texas, the 6’1" running back is a supremely talented player. Although he has a taller and slim frame, Stephens can make people miss in space with his surprising lateral agility. 

He’s also a patient one-cut-and-go type of runner — which fits into what new offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu looks for in a running back. 

UCLA did well here to luck out with such a talent so close to signing day. Stephens reneged on his pledge less than two weeks ago — booking a visit to Westwood shortly after. 

With Paul Perkins leaving for the NFL, Stephens could impact the depth chart right away.