UCLA Football: A Look at the Bruins' 2013 Commits
Although it's very early, the UCLA Bruins are off to a fast start in the 2013 recruiting season.
Thus far, UCLA has six commitments from three different states (California, Texas, Georgia).
It's safe to say that head coach Jim Mora isn't discriminatory when scouring the nation for top talent to bring to Westwood.
Let's take a look at six future Bruins currently committed to the program...
OT Erik Bunte
Although only a junior in high school, Erik Bunte is a man.
A mountain of a man.
At 6'7", 310 pounds, the Santa Margarita Catholic High School product already has a college body. However, don't assume that his massive size hinders his athletic ability.
Bunte's lateral mobility is quite good for an athlete with his overall size. His combination of long arms and impressive height makes him a perfect tackle prospect.
Getting the commitment of Bunte was huge for the Bruins. Not only does Bunte play at a position of need, but he comes from a powerhouse program in an area (Orange County) that UCLA doesn't traditionally recruit well.
OT Sean Dowling
Sean Dowling will add big time depth to a UCLA offensive line lacking it immensely.
The big offensive tackle from Fallbrook, Calif., has tremendous athleticism for an offensive tackle. He's laterally very quick, and displays a nastiness on the field.
His mobility also allows him to get to the second level extremely well.
With Dowling being on the lighter side (6'6" 265), he seems like an obvious red-shirt candidate. The good news is that he has a frame that looks as if he'll be able to put on 30 pounds without much difficulty.
A 4.1 student, Dowling chose the Bruins over offers from Arizona, Washington State and Colorado, among others.
OLB/DE Deon Hollins Jr.
Looking to enhance the anemic sack output of a season ago, UCLA searched far and wide for help.
The search took Jim Mora and his staff went to the Lone Star state, where they found a pass-rush extraordinaire in Deon Hollins Jr.
The Missouri City, Texas native native has a lightning quick first step off the edge. Based on his film, he's absolutely dominating with his effort and tenacity.
As a junior, Hollins Jr. had 15 sacks and 22 tackles for loss. He's currently an ESPN top 150 watch list member and a 4-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.
He offers versatility as both a player effective playing in space, and as an athlete who can put his hand on the ground and rush the quarterback.
As a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end, he fits perfectly into the 3-4 scheme UCLA is implementing this season.
The Bruins beat out the likes of Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Oregon, Stanford and Oklahoma State for his services.
CB Dashon Hunt
While Dashon Hunt will not "wow" anyone with his physical attributes or measureables, he's just a pure football player.
The Westlake High School product was committed to the Bruins while former head coach Rick Neuheisel was the head man.
Since Neuheisel's departure, Hunt has stayed faithful to the Bruins with his commitment.
His hard-nosed play is eerily similar to that of LSU star Tyrann Mathieu. Similarly to Mathieu, Hunt plays much bigger than his size indicates.
A strong sense of physicality exists within Hunt's play. He likes to "lay the wood" defensively, and takes on the appearance of a missile with his closing speed.
The 4-star prospect chose the Bruins over offers from Nebraska, Oregon State and Washington.
Mora can only hope that Hunt becomes the Bruins' version of the "Honey Badger."
RB Keyante Green
When was the last time UCLA ventured deep into SEC territory and came out with a highly regarded running back?
I can't remember the last time either.
The commitment of Keyante Green truly epitomizes the recruiting efforts of Mora and his staff. They are absolutely not afraid of anyone on the recruiting trail.
UCLA won the commitment of Green over hostile competition from Georgia, Ohio State, South Carolina, Florida State, California and Virginia Tech.
If they display this intestinal fortitude during the regular season, the Bruins could be relevant sooner than later.
In terms of Green, he's a very productive back. The McDonough, Ga., native doesn't have great top-end speed, but he makes up for it with a physical running style.
Green always seems to keep his legs churning forward for positive yards. His balance and power makes him extremely tough to take down.
Simply put, Green is a fantastic pickup for Mora and the Bruins.
QB Eddie Printz
Out of all the current commits, Eddie Printz might be the shakiest in terms of sticking with the Bruins.
Printz was previously committed to SMU—in large part to offensive line coach Adrian Klemm. When Klemm left for a job at UCLA, Printz switched his commitment over to the Bruins.
The Marietta, Ga., prospect chose the Bruins over a plethora of offers which included Arkansas, Auburn, Missouri, North Carolina State and Vanderbilt among others.
Although currently committed to the Bruins, Printz has taken visits to numerous college campuses closer to his home. With the distance factor, it would not be a surprise to see Printz back off on his commitment.
However, it most definitely would be a coup for UCLA if they are able to hold onto the talented signal-caller.
The gunslinger is cool and calm in the pocket. He throws a nice, easy ball which is very catchable for teammates.
As a junior, Printz threw for 3,350 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Here's a list of players that UCLA would love to land this upcoming recruiting season...
OT Nico Falah: St. John Bosco High School; Bellflower, Calif.
DT Eddie Vanderdoes: Placer High School; Auburn, Calif.
WR Sebastian LaRue: Santa Monica High School; Santa Monica, Calif.
DB Hatari Byrd: Central High East Campus; Fresno, Calif.
DT Kenneth Carter: Carter High School; Rialto, Calif.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!