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Former USC receiver Kyle Ford Commits to UCLA

Erik McKinney01/17/23
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Kyle Ford #81 of USC is pushed out of bounds by Sione Vaki #28 of Utah during a game between the USC Trojans and the Utah Utes at Allegiant Stadium (Photo by Jason Allen/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

Former USC wide receiver Kyle Ford didn’t need to go far to find his next home. And it’s a decision that undoubtedly won’t sit well with many of the Trojan faithful. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound receiver announced his commitment to UCLA on Tuesday, giving the Bruins another big win out of the transfer portal.

Ford caught 20 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns in 2022. His big game came at Arizona, where the Trojans were without starting receivers Jordan Addison and Mario Williams. Ford responded with six receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. It was the first 100-yard receiving performance of his career.

He also made a tough, contested touchdown catch against UCLA. He finished the game against the Bruins with three catches for 73 yards and that score.

Ford battled back from multiple season-ending injuries and always found a way to give his all for the Trojans. The first injury occurred during his senior season at Orange Lutheran and delayed his impact at USC. He was eventually able to see the field late in the season and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass against Oregon for his first college reception.

The second ACL injury took place during the summer going into the 2020 season and wiped that year out for Ford. Ford returned to the field in 2021 and caught 19 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns.

And Ford might not be the last former Trojan to land with the Bruins. Wide receiver Gary Bryant Jr. took a recent official visit to Westwood.

UCLA Continues its Offensive Overhaul Via the Transfer Portal

USC has gotten a lot of attention for the work its done in the transfer portal the past two offseasons. But UCLA is a step ahead of the Trojans this offseason when it comes to talent in vs talent out.

UCLA ranks No. 2 in the country in the 2023 On3 Transfer Portal Rankings as the Bruins are bringing in much more talent than is leaving.

Ford joins former Cal wide receiver J. Michael Sturdivant and former Ball State running back Carson Steele as huge additions to the offensive skill roster. Former Purdue offensive lineman Spencer Holstege was the No. 30 overall available player in this year’s transfer portal.

The Bruins will be looking to fill the top of the depth chart at wide receiver. Jake Bobo led UCLA with 57 receptions for 817 yards and seven touchdowns in 2022 but has exhausted his eligibility.