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Saturday, January 8, 2011
Football: UCLA whiffs on top target Lyons

By Blair Angulo

Citing the academics as the main reason, ESPNU 150 prospect Wayne Lyons (Oakland Park, Fla./Dillard) chose Stanford over UCLA and Michigan in the third quarter of the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas.

For the mean time, UCLA's recruiting class appears stuck at eight commitments.

Lyons, the nation's No. 7 safety according to ESPNU, would have become coach Rick Neuheisel's highest-rated recruit, surpassing four-star quarterback Brett Hundley (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler). Two other UCLA targets also made announcements at the game but did not choose Westwood as their destination.

Four-star wide receiver Tobias Singleton (Madison, Miss./Central) had a UCLA hat on the table, but he was always expected to stay in-state. The nation's No. 22 receiver prospect chose Mississippi.

Three-star offensive lineman Donovan Smith (Owings Mills, Md./Owings Mills) stayed closer to home, committing to Penn State over UCLA and North Carolina State.

This comes after local receiver Devon Blackmon (Fontana, Calif./Summit), rated No. 4 nationally, chose Oregon over UCLA and USC at the Under Armour All-American Game on Wednesday.