Home receiver Mekhi Fox withdraws from UCLA Football, reopens recruiting

The Bruins have a key engagement hours before the early signing period begins.

Class 2022 receiver Mekhi Fox, who signed up for UCLA football on June 26, has decided to reverse his decision and reopen his recruiting Tuesday night. The offshore Pasadena (CA) also sits on scholarship offers from the State of Arizona, State of Colorado, Florida, Atlantic Florida, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon and Utah.

Fox recently visited the state of Colorado on December 10.

Fox was not scheduled to sign with UCLA when the first signing period opened on Wednesday, according to Bruin Report Online reports from 247Sports, and instead planned to wait until February to formalize his next destination. Another report from 247Sports claimed Fox has had minimal communication with the Bruins’ coaching staff lately.

Right before committing to UCLA in June, Fox traveled to Nevada. Jay Norvell, who was the Wolfpack’s coach at the time, has since held the most senior position at Colorado State, creating a quick bond between Fox and the Rams staff.

Fox had 41 receptions for 976 yards and 12 touchdowns in nine games for Pasadena this season, and he ended his high school career with 4,800 all-purpose yards and 50 total touchdowns in 36 appearances.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound wide receiver has experience as a running back in addition to his wide-range catcher accolades, and he has also spent time as a punt and punt returner. foot.

Fox is a four-star rookie, according to 247Sports and ESPN, but Rivals places him at three stars. According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Fox is the 391 rookie in the country and 31st in the state. Losing Fox sounds a bit like the Bruins on the local scouting track, but they still have five of California’s top 30 rookies without him.

Receiver coach Jerry Neuheisel recruited Fox and was in place when he signed on in June, so it wasn’t as if the last offseason staff change at the station played a role in his disengagement. The odds of coach Chip Kelly leaving fell to almost zero when Oregon hired Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning over the weekend, and the offensive coordinator positions Justin Frye had been tied were also tied. been filled.

With Fox out of sight, the UCLA 2022 recruiting class is down to 12 scholarships. And instead of three first-year receivers, Jadyn Marshall and Braden Pegan are the only two to join the team next fall on Tuesday.

However, immediately taking Fox’s place on the roster is transfer of Duke graduate Jake Bobo, who signed with the Bruins earlier on Tuesday.

Receivers Kyle Philips and Chase Cota walked through the Bruins’ senior night and could still make the NFL Draft, and Keontez Lewis entered the transfer portal on Sunday. Bobo, Marshall and Pegan will help soften the loss of Fox, Lewis and Philips or Cota, should they choose to leave, but the Bruins will likely have a whole new look in the receiving room next fall regardless.

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