Clovis North star running back commits to UCLA

The Fresno BeeMarch 11, 2014 

Bolu Olorunfunmi has decided on his college early — and the Clovis North High star football player is heading to UCLA.

The junior gave an oral commitment to Bruins coach Jim Mora Jr. on Tuesday night, becoming UCLA's fourth commit for the class of 2015.

"I'm just blessed to have this opportunity to play for them and to represent the Central Section," Olorunfunmi said. "This Valley has supported me to this point, and I'm glad to represent them.

"The Pac-12 is high-level competition and I believe I can play with them."

After lighting up the stat sheet last fall when he rushed for 2,344 yards and 24 touchdowns, Olorunfunmi continued his momentum on the offseason camp circuit, earning MVP of the running backs at the NorCal Rivals Camp on March 2.

Shortly after being named the MVP, a UCLA offer was thrown his way. However, UCLA wasn't the only school racing to land the 5-foot-11 workhorse, Olorunfunmi also held offers from Oregon State, Northwestern, Fresno State, Nevada and Eastern Washington.

"It's been my dream school since I was a little kid and to have a big opportunity to play for a team and attend that school is an honor," Olorunfunmi said of UCLA. "I'm just really excited. UCLA loves me and I love them."

Clovis North's Haupt attends Washington State junior day

Clovis North linebacker Hayden Haupt spent last weekend at Washington State's junior day in Pullman.

Junior days are invitation-only events that provide a foundation for college coaches to get the ball rolling with recruits for the upcoming class. The recruits visit the campus, showcase their skills, talk with staff and in some cases meet with academic advisers.

"It was really good and the school was amazing, same with the coaches and players," Haupt said. "Their linebacker coach told me they were very interested."

Haupt also has been invited to Cal's junior day on April 12 and said he is planning on attending, which would be his second visit to Berkeley.

Mission Oak standouts earn BYU junior day invites

BYU has reached out to a pair of teammates at Mission Oak — LeAndre Jefferson and Koby Tripp — and extended junior day invites to each.

Both were dangerous for the Hawks last fall. The 6-foot-1 Tripp caught 43 balls for 604 yards and 10 touchdowns; Jefferson had 47 catches for 706 yards and nine TDs. Jefferson also had four interceptions on defense — returning three for touchdowns — while Tripp picked off two of his own.

Edison's Hamilton shines

Edison's Xavier Hamilton earned MVP honors among the linebackers group Sunday at the National Underclassmen Five Star West Camp at Village Christian High in Los Angeles.

Cal Poly linebackers coach Josh Brown has reached out to Hamilton and told him he is planning to come to Fresno for a visit in May.

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