Defensive End/Linebacker Jeremy Castro decommits from Oregon, commits to UCLA; NFL Pro Bowler, UCLA Bruin, Matt Slater is in the Super Bowl

Ladies and germs, we have a new UCLA Bruin for the class of 2012. His name? Jeremy Castro, DE/LB, a 4-star recruit (according to Rivals) the 17th-best recruit in his position (also according to Rivals).

This comes after Chip Kelly pretty much decided to downgrade his status by jumping to the NFL to become the head honcho for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here’s the announcement, via, well, Jeremy Castro:

https://twitter.com/#!/gohard_16/status/161280765617905664

BOOM! #DieHardBruin. You better be. We look forward to having you.

Because the implications are obvious — all of a sudden, UCLA has recruited some serious talent on the defensive side of the ball. Last season, we screwed ourselves by not having a solid pass-rushing attack, and Castro will get to compliment Ellis McCarthy, another UCLA commit on the defensive line (who is a five-star recruit).

Of course, when Castro committed, the UCLA family on Twitter welcomed him with open arms:

https://twitter.com/#!/carlosatUCLA/status/161286796167217153

Well, OK. That was me. But hey, I’m sure there are a dozen more. After all, Castro is a nice addition to our solid 2012 recruiting class.

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UCLA Bruin, NFL Pro Bowler, Matt Slater will represent UCLA as a member of the New England Patriots

Now that the Super Bowl matchup is set, we can finally find someone to cheer for. This year, it’s Matthew Slater, a Pro Bowl special teams free safety. Slater was drafted in 2008 by the Patriots (ironically, the draft after the Patriots were massively upset by the Giants in Super Bowl 42).

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