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Van Dyke commits to UCLA

Alex Van Dyke committed to UCLA on Sunday despite having close to 20 offers.

UCLA added another piece to the puzzle on the recruiting front Sunday when Alex Van Dyke committed. And the pledge by the prospect in the Class of 2014 from Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks adds depth to what appears to be a rather crowded wide receiver spot.

There's plenty to like about Van Dyke. Particularly so when it comes to his frame. Provided that he continues to mature and improve, the 6-foot-4 and 205-pounder could develop into a reliable target down around the red zone once he steps foot on campus in Westwood.

Signs point to this past weekend's visit to UCLA playing a major role in his decision. Prior to the announcement, Van Dyke had close to 20 scholarships on the table. Oregon, in fact, was thought to be the frontrunner. That is, of course, until he saw what the Bruins had to offer.

Cal, Oregon State, Utah and Washington State were among the many other potential suitors from within the Pac-12 Conference. Northwestern and Purdue were in the mix as well. Alabama, Florida and Michigan had expressed varied levels of interest in Van Dyke as well.

UCLA was the best possible fit, apparently. Van Dyke is fifth commitment at that spot on the field. Barry Ware of Corona (Calif.) Centennial, Austin Roberts of Carmel (Ind.), Dionte Sykes of Chandler (Ariz.) and Jordan Lasley of Gardena (Calif.) Serra are the others.

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