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Prediction: UCLA Bruins poised to land California's top running back

SBLive Sports Director of Recruiting Andrew Nemec predicts where elite running back Roderick Robinson will end up

Lincoln High School star Roderick Robinson is the top running back prospect in the state of California.

On Thursday, the bruising, physical 6-foot-1, 230-pound ball-carrier set a commitment date of May 26. He will announce his decision on CBSSports HQ at 10 a.m. PT.

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So, where is he headed?

Prediction: Roderick Robinson to UCLA

Fresh off an official visit to UCLA - his second trip - Robinson announced that he is shutting down his recruitment.

That's immediately a good indicator for the Bruins.

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Even better? Robinson has had continual high praise for Chip Kelly and his coaching staff. 

"(Coach Kelly) has always produced great backs, so knowing I could be the next one really stuck out a lot to me," he said. "He told me he works well with big backs too, so knowing that I could go in there and be the next big back that he coaches and be another (Doak Walker) finalist, that's big. Coach Foster has also put backs in the league, so that helps too."

But will it be enough?

Robinson has also spoken highly of Tennessee and Oregon, and has always been close to California after the Golden Bears became his first Power 5 offer roughly two years ago.

Given that he's fresh off a visit to UCLA, though, the writing appears to be on the wall.

"I had a great visit (last weekend). It was my second time going up there and it felt just like the first time. But this time I got to connect a little bit more with the players, see what they're like off-the-field. I got time to sit down with Chip Kelly and just talk football, and not only football but life as well. That really stuck out to me. He recruited high-profile, good-character players, so that really stuck out to me that he thought of me that way. He really pushes his players to graduate in three-and-half years and play football at a high level."

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