UCLA lands commitment from highly coveted cornerback Devin Kirkwood

UCLA football players warm up before a game against rival USC.
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Devin Kirkwood, a highly coveted cornerback from Gardena Serra High, committed to UCLA on Thursday, giving the Bruins their most high-profile prospect in the Class of 2021.

“Westwood’s Return to Greatness!” Kirkwood tweeted as part of his announcement.

Kirkwood became the third player to give the Bruins a nonbinding verbal commitment but the first to receive four stars on the 247Sports composite scale. Devin Aupiu, a linebacker from Oxnard Pacifica High, and DJ Justice, a wide receiver from Mission Hills Bishop Alemany, have also committed to UCLA and are listed as three-star prospects.

Kirkwood’s commitment bumped UCLA’s class up to No. 71 nationally and No. 6 in the Pac-12 Conference, according to the 247Sports rankings.


Coach Chip Kelly said he is planning as if UCLA will play football this season because no one has definitely said what will happen in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.