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National signing day: UCLA got head start on gathering recruits

National signing day: UCLA got head start on gathering recruits
Crenshaw cornerback Mossi Johnson tackles Dorsey wide receiver Joshua Hill in a 2012 game. Johnson enrolled early at UCLA. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)

UCLA got a head start on signing when linebacker Zach Whitley, cornerback Mossi Johnson and safety Rob Robinson enrolled early.

Whitley, who is 6-foot-2, 222 pounds, was a highly coveted player at Galena Park (Texas) North Shore High. He was ranked among the top 10 linebackers in the nation by scouting websites. Whitley orally committed to Alabama, but the Bruins managed to lure him away. He is ranked No. 192 on the ESPN top 300 high school players list.

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Johnson, who is 6-1, 170, committed a year ago, but delayed his enrollment after tearing two knee ligaments in a Texas all-star game. He also played wide receiver and quarterback at Los Angeles Crenshaw.

Robinson, who played at Corona Santiago, gives the Bruins size at safety at 6-2, 190.

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