Sitting in class with his phone off much of Wednesday, Breland Brandt didn't know the excitement he was missing.
The UCLA freshman, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end from Los Angeles Windward High who is already enrolled in college in anticipation of participating in spring practice, soon found out he had plenty of company as part of the Bruins' incoming football recruiting class.
When he turned his phone back on, "my Twitter was just blowing up," Brandt said.
UCLA knew it had achieved recruiting success in the days leading up to the first day high school seniors were allowed to officially accept scholarship offers. But another contingent of eight players Bruins coaches had targeted were undecided heading into late Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Once he plugged back in, Brandt discovered UCLA had signed most of them. Around noon, North Torrance High's Mique Juarez, one of the nation's best linebackers, picked the Bruins. A few minutes later, Concord De La Salle defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa announced he too was headed to Westwood.
Of the eight, six committed to UCLA.