Feb 042015
 
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NOTES: We call this the “Signing Day Spectacular” but could have just as easily called it the “Spectacular Bruin Signing Day.” Frankly, we have been following recruiting intensely today, and it really feels like UCLA is getting most of the attention today around the country. Great day to be a Bruin!

We tried to list some of the achievements in this class, and when you look at them you realize that the future of UCLA is exciting and in good hands. Even the lessor known recruits have exceptional player biographies. For instance, Nathan Meadors, recruited primarily as a safety, had over 3,400 yards on offense his senior year! Josh Woods, a supposed 3-star athlete (we think he should be much higher) not only is a Max Preps FIRST TEAM All-American but has a 4.3 GPA! How about Octavius Spencer? Spencer averaged a whopping 49.4 yards on kickoff returns this season! He also returned 4 punts for touchdowns. This guy will be electric on UCLA special teams in the future. Check out the rest of the 2015 class…

Check out Coach Mora’s press conference on today’s recruiting news:

SIGNED BRUIN RECRUITS

Recruit LOI Received Comments
Soso Jamabo NLI received
6:21 a.m.
Consensus 5-star player and many think could be the number one running back in the country. First Team USA Today All-American. First Team MaxPreps All-American Team. Texas Class 6=A All-State First Team. Played in the Under Armour All-American High School Football Game January 2, 2015. As a senior, Jamabo rushed 235 times for 2,279 yards and 44 touchdowns.
Andre James NLI received
6:24 a.m.
Consensus 4-star player and one of the best in Utah. PrepStar All-American. American Family Insurance All-Utah First Team.
Will Lockett NLI received
6:33 a.m.
From Texas powerhouse, Manvel High school, Lockett had a fast rising senior season and picked UCLA over Michigan. PrepStar All-American. 6A All-District First Team. Houston Chronicle All-Greater Houston Football Team. Texas All-State Honorable Mention. His defensive team held 6 opponents to 10 points or less. As a senior, the defensive back had 48 tackles, 1 sack, and 4 interceptions. Will likely be an early enrollee and be eligible to participate in UCLA’s Spring Practice.

Keisean Lucier-South NLI received
7:07 a.m.
Consensus 5-star All-American and one of the top outside linebackers in the country. USA Today All-State First Team. PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team. Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Tevita Halalilo NLI received
7:08 a.m.
A big man with a mean streak. PrepStar All-American. Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Area Team. MaxPreps Medium Schools All-American Second Team. American Family Insurance All-State Team. USA Today All-California First Team. Halalilo played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl January 4, 2015.

Bolu Olorunfunmi NLI received
7:20 a.m.
Powerful running back. PrepStar All-West Region Team. MaxPreps Division 1 All-State Second Team. Fresno Bee All-Area Team. Northern California Rivals Camp MVP. Tri-River Conference Player of the Year. During his high school career, Bolu picked up 5,235 yards and 59 touchdowns.
DeChaun Holiday NLI received
7:29 a.m.
Very talented multi-position player. Named the 2014 San Diego Hall of Champions All-San Diego Section Player of the Year. USA Today First Team All-California Team. All-CIF Team. Consensus 4-star recruit. Was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The talented defensive back was rarely tested as a senior by opposing teams.
Stephen Johnson III NLI received
7:34 a.m.
Fast. Did we say fast? Recruited as a cornerback but with the defection of Ryan Newsome, we expect UCLA to try him out on offense early on. Prep Star All-American. Played multiple positions in high school. As a senior quarterback, Johnson completed 49 of 94 passes for 939 yards and 6 touchdowns. Rushed 98 times for 728 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Rick Wade NLI received
8:06 a.m.
A tackling machine, the 6’6″ 245 pound Wade is one of the top players from from of the very best conferences. Made PrepStar All-West Region Team. Los Angeles Times All-Star Football Team. Trinity League Co-Lineman of the Year. In his senior season, the defensive lineman had 97 tackles, 3 sacks, and an interception returned for a touchdown.
Octavius Spencer NLI received
8:18 a.m.
Could be a steal. The underrated Spencer has a lot of upside. Made PrepStar All-West Region. Made Pasadena Star News First Team Offense. Led his team to the league championship and a 10 win season and made All-Rio Hondo League on BOTH offense and defense. As a senior on offense, Spencer had 31 receptions for 692 yards and 8 touchdowns. On special teams, Spencer returned 8 kick offs for 395 yards (49.4 yard average!) and 2 touchdowns, as well as had 15 punt returns for 358 yards (23.9 yard average) and 4 touchdowns. This young man could be electric on UCLA’s specials teams very early in his Bruin career. On defense, Spencer had 44 tackles and 2 interceptions.

Chris Clark NLI received
9:00 a.m.
Ranked the number one tight end in the country by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Colin Samuel NLI received
9:02 a.m.
A big talented corner back from one of the top programs in the country. Samuel’s senior season has been a straight up trajectory as far as improvement and getting recognition. In fact, within a period of only three days after being offered by UCLA, he picked up offers from Michigan, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Washington State, and Purdue. Made PrepStar All-West Region. Named 2014 California All-State Football Division 1 team. As a senior, the defensive back had 26 tackles, 2 for loss, and 1 interception.
Fred Ulu-Perry NLI received
10:03 a.m.
6’2″, 310. From a traditional powerhouse football program, Ulu-Perry played in the Under Armour All-American High School Football Game January 2, 2015. ESPN ranks Ulu-Perry as the number one offensive guard in the country. Scout.com ranks Ulu-Perry as the number one center in the country.

Josh Woods NLI received
10:48 a.m.
Another player Bruin Authority considers to be a steal. We have seen him play, he is the real deal. Woods had 92 tackles and 7 sacks in his senior season. He was also named to the MaxPreps 2014 All-American Football Team (first team) as well as the Los Angeles Times All-Star Football team. Will likely be an early enrollee and be eligible to participate in UCLA’s Spring Practice.
Cordell Broadus NLI received
11:35 a.m.
The son of Snoop Dogg/Lion, we consider this to be a landmark recruit for a number of reasons. Consensus 4-star athlete. Made PrepStar All-American. As a senior, the receiver for one of the top programs in the nation had 39 receptions for 602 yards and 11 touchdowns. That’s right a touchdown for almost every three receptions!

Josh Wariboko NLI received
1:58 p.m.
Was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American High School Football Game January 2, 2015. Consensus 4-star athlete and number one player in Oklahoma. Made Tulsa World All-State Team. The Oklahoman’s number one ranked player in the state. 2014 Max Preps Small School All-American Team.

Nathan Meadors NLI received
2:21 p.m.
This multi-talented athlete can be plugged into a number of spots and picked UCLA over Notre Dame. Named the San Andreas League Offensive MVP and All-CIF. Meadors racked up an amazing 3,452 yards on offense! On offense in 2014, Meadors player quarterback mostly and completed 97 of 166 passes for 1,481 yards, 22 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He also rushed 146 times for 1,971 yards and 26 touchdowns. On defense, Meadors had 32 tackles and 3 sacks. Will likely be an early enrollee and be eligible to participate in UCLA’s Spring Practice.

RECRUITS WE ARE WAITING ON

Roquan Smith (announced for UCLA but awaiting on LOI)
L.J. Reed (may have issues preventing him from signing a LOI today)

WHERE OTHER SELECTED UCLA RECRUITS HAVE SIGNED

Ryan Newsome – Texas
Cassius Peat – Michigan State
Victor Alexander – Georgia Tech
Tyrone Wheatley Jr. – Michigan
Iman Mrshall – USC
Joseph Wicker – ASU

  2 Responses to “SIGNING DAY SPECTACULAR”

  1. Why did you label Joseph Wicker as a maybe ASU commit?

    Again, thank you for your efforts, this recruiting season was great but it did have it’s (dammit) moments.
    My only concern and it has been for two seasons UCLA hasn’t addressed their 3 technique (DT/DL) position, getting DL similar to Vanderdoes is a challenge. I can only hope the inexperienced (UCLA) DLs proves to be assets because I foresee UCLA’s studs Vanderdoes and Clark forgoing to the NFL early. I think UCLA has more 4/5 techniques (DE), more DE hybrids who can share inside duties.
    UCLA 2015 class is beyond awesome but do you know anything about what went wrong with the DL recruitment? It hurts my trenches loving soul#lol That miss poke my heart#lol

  2. Regarding Wicker, we have now listed him as all ASU. We were just waiting to confirm that ASU had received his LOI.

    As for your thoughts about defensive lineman…

    The UCLA coaches have shown that if they don’t get the guys they want, they don’t just toss out scholarships to guys just to fill the recruiting class. So if they miss on the guys they want, so be it.

    Unfortunately, we didn’t think there was a lot of talent out west in this recruiting class. And where there was talent, UCLA had a big uphill battle. For instance, early on, everyone was saying that Kahil McKenzie was a big UCLA lean because his mother was a Bruin. We were never too sure of that because his father played at Tennessee. That family tie was too strong so UCLA was out.

    Guys like Rasheem Green and Jacob Daniel were all USC from the beginning. We think the UCLA coaches decided to put their time into recruits they had a better chance with.

    Benning Potoa’e decided on the local school where his brother played. As we have seen with this recruiting class, there can be tremendous pressure for a recruit to stay near home. Thinking about guys like Ryan Newsome and Victor Alexander.

    UCLA did go after some major national recruits like Tim Settle to supplement the lack of talent on the west coast, but that is a tough battle and we struck out on them. We were feeling good about Tyrone Wheatley Jr. but his father is a coach at Michigan and you can’t blame him for picking them.

    Now, Joseph Wicker is a guy we did whiff on. We really thought he was UCLA’s to lose. We are trying to find out if something happened in the last couple days to change his mind. With 17 year olds, it doesn’t take much.

    So we don’t think there is some great issue with recruiting defensive linemen that needs to be fixed. It was just a down year and we had some bad luck in the few guys the UCLA coaches wanted.

    On the other hand, we did pick up a couple guys that will help but not on the inside as was your point. Rick Wade is a tackling machine, and KLS will have a hand down from time to time, maybe a lot.

    Your point is valid and we think right on. We would not be surprised to see UCLA look long and hard at the JC route to see if there is anyone interested and can qualify next year. DL will be a major focus next year and fortunately there are some good ones in the west. Playing time will be a great selling point. Hopefully the guys we have will continue to grow and develop.

    Thanks for your comments LBWilson. BTW, we heard Wilson just hired a new head coach, Mark Ziegenhagen.

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