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UCLA Football Recruiting Roundup

Jason FrayCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2016

UCLA Football Recruiting Roundup

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    The current recruiting outlook for the UCLA Bruins is very bright.

    The Bruins are targeting players from all across the country—something evidenced by their eight commitments from five different states.

    Jim L. Mora and his staff are hitting the recruiting trails with a renewed sense of vigor and effort. Not only is the Southern California area being targeted heavily, but the state of Georgia is also a big point of emphasis.

    An article detailing the top 2013 targets for the Bruins was done a month ago, but this piece will be an update on prospective targets, information about recent pledges and a prediction on a possible recruiting class in its totality.

    Let's take a look at a recruiting outlook for the Bruins.

OL Poasi Moala

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    If one was to look up the word "upside" in the dictionary, a picture of Poasi Moala would appear.

    The Rancho Verde prospect from Moreno Valley, Calif. has all the tools one looks for in an offensive tackle.

    Moala carries his weight very well and has the look of someone that will be able to add weight without losing any athleticism or flexibility.

    He's long and athletic and displays a nasty streak on the field. He's still somewhat raw, but the overall talent is there. 

    Another benefit is that he comes from a strong high school program known for churning out quality prospects to the college ranks.

    Some of the alumni include current Florida defensive end Ronald Powell, Moala's cousin and current Southern Cal tight end Junior Pomee and current Dallas Cowboys starting tackle Tyron Smith. 

    During the UCLA Elite camp over the weekend, Moala parlayed a strong camp performance into a recent offer. 

    At this point, it looks like a UCLA-Washington battle for the offensive tackle. 

DB Jermaine Kelly

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    Much like Poala, Jermaine Kelly had a strong showing at a recent UCLA camp—ultimately resulting in a scholarship offer.

    The defensive back from Salesian High School in Los Angeles has great size at 6'2" 185. He is an explosive football player with great change-of-direction skills and has the athleticism to play multiple positions.

    Although a bit green, Kelly's natural leaping ability and length make him an intriguing option in the secondary.

    With the Bruins needing receivers, however, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Kelly brought in as a wide out.

    According to this tweet, Kelly is down to UCLA, Washington and Arizona State. He'll make his decision next week. 

OL Christian Morris

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    UCLA is wading deep into SEC territory in order to land offensive tackle Christian Morris—and it looks like it might be paying off.

    The Memphis native is said to have a great relationship with offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.

    On Friday, he'll make a trip out to the campus for an unofficial visit, and it would not be a surprise to see UCLA cement a lead with the standout.

    As a player, there's a lot to like about Morris. At 6'6" 285, he has a great frame already for the position.

    He displays great power and explosiveness and has great hand placement.

    The Bruins will have to battle Clemson, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Mississippi State for Morris' services. However, it seems as if the Bruins are in the driver's seat at this point.

RB Craig Lee

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    Perhaps UCLA's top target at running back is Craig Lee.

    The 4-star back from Redlands, Calif. is a complete back. He catches the ball well out of the backfield, and can "make you miss in a phone booth" with his agility and quickness.

    Despite those characteristics, Lee should not be categorized as a "scat back." He can also get the tough yards and power through defenders.

    Lee would be an outstanding get for the Bruins. Running backs coach Steve Broussard has an extensive background in recruiting the Inland Empire, so the Bruins hope that those connections may pay off here with Lee.

    UCLA, along with Oregon, Washington and Nebraska top Lee's list. 

WR John Ross

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    With UCLA desperately seeking playmakers, John Ross out of Long Beach Jordan High School would be a significant addition. 

    The elusive wide out is just that—elusive.

    He's extremely shifty and is very slippery out in space. These characteristics lend themselves extremely well to the spread offense that offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone is implementing.

    Ross fits the bill as a "home run hitter," and that's something that the current roster doesn't necessarily have from a skill position standpoint. 

    As a local product, it's no secret that the Bruins would love to land the 4-star prospect. He's undoubtedly one of their top targets in this class for the position. 

    Ross has offers from all across the country, including from Oregon, Miami, Nebraska and Michigan.  

Recent Commit: OLB Myles Jack

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    Myles Jack was a big recent pickup for the Bruins.

    The Bellevue, Wash. product chose UCLA over offers from South Carolina, Washington, Cal, Georgia Tech and Stanford.

    Jack is very versatile, as he can play both MLB and OLB. He's also well schooled, as he comes from one of the top high school programs in the entire state of Washington. 

    Interestingly enough, he is a Georgia native and was living in Georgia during the time that Mora was the head coach of the Falcons. 

    When Mora moved back to Washington, coincidentally, Jack's brother was on the same youth team as Mora's son. 

    The 4-star linebacker has great closing speed on prospective ball carriers and can absolutely lay the wood. His skill set makes him a perfect fit as a hybrid OLB/DE in UCLA's 3-4 scheme.

    With his physique and polish from high school, it would not be a surprise to see him contribute in his freshman year. 

Recent Commit: OLB Cameron Judge

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    With the recent commitment of Cameron Judge, it gives UCLA a third really talented 'backer to go along with Jack and Deon Hollins.

    Like Jack and Moala, Judge comes from a great high school program in Oaks Christian—which is also the high school that produced current Bruins Malcolm Jones, Cassius Marsh, Ishmael Adams and Jordan Payton. 

    Judge is athletic enough to play in space, but he also displays the physicality that translates well to the inside.

    He also has great bloodlines, as his father Christopher was a star safety for Oregon in the mid-1980s.

    The commitment of Judge was big for UCLA. Not only is he a quality prospect, but it continues the pipeline from the "football factory" of Oaks Christian to UCLA. 

Projected Class for 2013

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    Although admittedly early, here's a projected class that the Bruins could conceivably land...

    QB: Eddie Printz

    RB: Craig Lee, Keyante Green

    WR: John Ross, Samajie Grant

    TE: Thomas Duarte

    OL: Nico Falah, Sean Dowling, Erik Bunte, Poasi Moala, Christian Morris, John Lopez

    DL: Kenneth Carter

    LB: Myles Jack, Deon Hollins, Cameron Judge

    DB: Jermaine Kelly, Priest Willis, Hatari Byrd, L.J. Moore, Tahaan Goodman

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