May 22, 2006
Head men's track and field coach Art Venegas has announced the signing of five additional athletes to National Letters-of-Intent - distance runners Alex Crabill and Jake Matthews, thrower Tyler Dragon, sprinter Zack Fowler and pole vaulter Jonathan Quinn.
The Bruins are on the verge of what could be the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation after signing some of the most elite prep athletes in the fall. Now with the additional signing of these five student-athletes, UCLA track and field is shaping up to be a national contender in years to come.
Alex Crabill (Tacoma, WA/Charles Wright HS) - Currently ranks No. 5 in the nation in the 2-mile (9:01.42); Won the 2006 Tri-District 1A 1600m and 3200m title (3200 was a meet record, 9:27.39).
"We are really excited about Alex's potential as he has been a very under-evaulated recruit," said Venegas. "This is the second year we have picked up a top runner from the state of Washington and we know Alex and his family are the right fit for UCLA. He has shown the caliber of athlete he will be at Arcadia this year and we are excited to have him come to Westwood in the Fall."
Jake Matthews (Folsom, Ca/Folsom HS) - Holds the No. 3 time in CA in the 3000m (8:39.22) and No. 8 time in the 3200m (9:10.11); Placed second at the 2006 CIF San Joaquin Section Championships in the 3200m.
"Jake is another great addition to our cross country team and distance corps. He has had a wonderful track season, becoming one of the elite two-milers in the state. He is a versatile athlete who will be capable of running distances from the 1500m to the 5000m."
Jonathan Quinn (St. Margaret's/San Juan Capistrano) - Currently ranks fifth in the state in the pole vault with a jump of 16-5; Won the 2006 CIF Southern Section Div. IV title.
"We are thrilled to bring Jonathan into our pole vaulting group. He had a slow start but is really starting to figure out the vault and put it all together. There is a lot of upside to him and he will be a good addition in the fall."
Tyler Dragon (Clovis West, CA/Clovis West HS) - Currently holds the No. 4 shot put mark in the state (60-4); Won the 2006 CIF Central Section shot put and discus crowns.
"Tyler has a tremendous upside in the shot put. He has been consistent all season in the 59-foot range and is really ready to bust out a big throw."
Zack Fowler (Granite Hills) - 10.70 in the 100m/21.8 in the 200m.
"Zack is a solid sprinter who will definitely come in and give us some depth in the short sprints."
Fall National Letter of Intent Signees
David Klech (San Ramon, CA/California HS) - Klech currently ranks No. 2 in the nation in the high hurdles (13.69), and holds the No. 1 110m hurdle 300m hurdle time in the state (35.45). Also holds the No. 1 prep 400m hurdle time in the nation (50.35). Also ranks third in the state in the 400m (47.77), 4th in the high jump (6-9), 3rd in the long jump (23-0), and 7th in the 800m (1:53.1); Won the 2006 CIF Tri-Valley 400m, 110mH, 300mH and long jump titles.
Darius Reed (Denver, CO/George Washington HS) - Top returning senior in the nation in the 110m hurdles (13.70). Reed was also the top high school performer at the USATF Junior Nationals last summer over the college high hurdles (14.30); Won the 2006 Colorado 5A 110mH title; Has ran 37.01 in the 300m hurdles this season; Also has ran 14.27 over the college high hurdles.
Marlon Patterson (Elk Grove, Ca/Franklin) - Currently ranks No. 4 in the nation in the 800m (1:52.09) and No. 3 in CA. Holds the No. 3 time in CA in the 1600m (4:09.70). Also ranks 4th in the nation in the 3000m (8:41.12); At the CIF San Joaquin Championships, placed first in the 1600m and 2nd in the 800m and 3200m.
Greg Woepse (Santa Ana, CA/Mater Dei HS) - Currently ranks sixth in the nation and second in CA in the pole vault with a jump of 16-7; Won the 2006 CIF Southern Section Div. II pole vualt crown; sister is a pole vaulter on the women's team.
Nick Robinson (Lake Forest, CA/El Toro HS) - Ranks No. 4 in the nation in the discus and No. 3 in the state (197-0). Holds the top shot put mark in CA and No. 3 mark in the U.S. (65-1); Won the 2006 CIF Division II shot put and discus titles.
Bo Taylor (Newport Beach, CA/Newport Harbor HS) - Currently ranks 1st in the nation and state in the discus (208-5). Also ranks 2nd in the state in the shot put (61-4.25); Placed second in both the shot put and discus at the 2006 CIF Southern Section Div. II finals.
Darius Savage (San Diego, CA/Morse HS) - Currently ranks No. 2 in the nation and CA in the discus (206-4), and No. 2 in CA in the shot put (62-6). Will also play football at UCLA; Won the 2006 CIF San Diego Section shot put and discus titles.
Scott and Casey DiCesare (New York/Irvington HS) - Twin brothers who will compete in the decathlon next season; Scott has jumped 16-5 indoors and Casey has jumped 15-6 in the pole vault; Casey scored 6,420 points in a high school decathlon, while Scott scored 6,220.
Steven Taylor (Hueneme HS) - Is a triple jumper with a top mark of 47-10.75 last season; Finished second at the CIF Division II finals in the triple jump, 47-8.50.