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UCLA FOOTBALL: BETHEL-THOMPSON DECIDES TO TRANSFER.

Byline: Brian Dohn

Staff Writer

UCLA gained one quarterback when junior college product Kevin Craft gave a non-binding oral commitment, but lost a quarterback when walk-on McLeod Bethel-Thompson decided to transfer to Sacramento State.

Craft, who spent last season at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, is the son of former San Diego State coach Tom Craft.

"The chance to play for (offensive coordinator Norm) Chow and coach (Rick) Neuheisel, and to play at UCLA and in the Pac-10, is something I couldn't pass up," Craft said. "I'm so fired up."

Craft has two years of eligibility remaining, but will not enroll at UCLA until the summer. He originally attended San Diego State, but transferred to Mt.SAC, where his father is an assistant coach. He must fulfill one year at a junior college before returning to a four-year school in order to bypass the NCAA rule mandating he must sit out a year for transferring.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Craft will be able to watch spring practice, although he will not be allowed to participate.

"He's a great young man, a great character kid," Mt.SAC coach Bob Jastrab said. "He was a great leader, a hard worker. I think UCLA got a great one. To me, he's got above average (arm strength), and his decision making is very good."

Craft completed 313 of 511 passes for 4,231 yards, 44touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. He was also named the California junior college player of the year, and was considering SMU and Hawaii, and he was recruited by coach June Jones at both schools.

Meanwhile, Bethel-Thompson, who nearly led UCLA to an upset of BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl, left the program in search of more playing time.

Bethel-Thompson, who is from San Francisco, was 11 for 27 for 154 yards, an interception and a touchdown against the Cougars. But he also committed sixturnovers in an October loss to Notre Dame.

Re-committs

El Camino of Oceanside receiver Nelson Rosario and Palmdale offensive lineman Connor Bradford, both who committed to former UCLA coach Karl Dorrell but re-opened their recruitment when he was fired, re-committed to new UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel.

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jan 30, 2008
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