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While UCLA is gaining some highly-regarded recruits on National Signing Day, it may also be losing its defensive coordinator.
According to Fox Sports, Jeff Ulbrich has been hired by the Atlanta Falcons and will be the team's linebackers coach. A former NFL LB himself, Ulbrich coached with new Falcons head coach Dan Quinn in Seattle before he came to UCLA.
Ulbrich, known for his backwards baseball hat on the sidelines, was UCLA's defensive coordinator for a season after he was the team's linebackers coach for two seasons.
In 2014, UCLA was No. 63 in total defense, giving up just under 400 yards per game. The Bruins allowed 5.17 yards per play and were No. 75 in scoring defense at just over 28 points per game.
As of early Wednesday afternoon, the Bruins had commitments from four four-star defensive recruits and five-star linebacker Keisean Lucier-South. And the total doesn't include four-star Georgia LB Roquan Smith, who committed to UCLA Wednesday morning but apparently hasn't signed his letter of intent.
According to UGASports.com, Smith said he entered as a slight lean to Georgia and chose the Bruins because it felt right at his signing ceremony and that his head was telling him to try some place new. There is no timetable on Smith's final decision.
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