UCLA Football Recruiting: Bruins' Top Commits and Biggest Targets
Priest Willis, courtesy of Rivals.com
With Signing Day around the corner on February 6, it's the final stretch of the run on the recruiting trails for the UCLA Bruins.
The Bruins currently have 20 commitments and are deep in the thick of things for multiple uncommitted prospects.
This piece will take a look at prospects that the Bruins would love to sign, feature updates on current commitments considering other schools, areas that have been addressed in this recruiting cycle and areas that still need to be addressed before February 6.
Here is an up-to date recruiting analysis of the UCLA Bruins.
Targeting Areas of Need
Poasi Moala, courtesy of ESPN.com
Heading into this recruiting cycle, two areas of emphasis included building depth on the offensive line and signing recruits on the offensive side of the ball with big play ability.
From an offensive line standpoint, the Bruins are in fantastic shape. UCLA currently has seven commitments on the offensive line. The majority of those commitments are highly sought-after, decorated prospects.
Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm deserves a ton of credit. The Bruins were able to span across the states of California, Texas, Tennessee and Arizona in order to garner the commitments of those seven prospects.
Not only will this haul help to cement depth on the offensive line for the future, but there are two or three prospects that could potentially come in and start right away. Here is a comprehensive look at all of the offensive line commitments.
From a skill position standpoint, UCLA has done pretty well. Wide receiver Eldridge Massington and tight end Thomas Duarte, both 4-star recruits both had options that spanned the country. Massington seems like a candidate for early play time and Duarte could conceivably start at Joseph Fauria's vacated spot.
At linebacker, the Bruins have commitments from a talented trio comprised of Myles Jack, Deon Hollins, and Cameron Judge. Jack and Hollins seem like candidates to play at the open outside linebacker spot opposite Anthony Barr.
Areas That Need to Be Addressed
DB Johnny Johnson
The area of emphasis that's yet to be addressed thus far is, bar none, the secondary.
UCLA has lost starters Aaron Hester, Sheldon Price, and Andrew Abbott to graduation. In addition, there's an overall lack of both depth and consistency when speaking about the returners.
In terms of cornerbacks, both Johnny Johnson and Patrick Enewally sit atop the list. Johnson is a compact, physical player with great cover skills, while Enewally is a longer, taller athlete with good upside. Per Scout, both are taking official visits this upcoming weekend.
Goodman already has visited Westwood officially. He's a native of Rancho Cucamonga in Southern California, so that could bode well for the Bruins. Foreman, also a native of the area, recently decommitted from Wisconsin. It seems as if UCLA and Cal are out front in his recruitment.
Willis is a big time player that could come in and start at either corner or at safety. Per his high school coach, he's announced that Willis will taking his final official visit to UCLA this upcoming weekend.
If the Bruins are able to land all five, each would have a shot at playing next season.
Aside from the secondary, one position that hasn't been addressed (curiously) is at quarterback. The Bruins dropped the ball with local prospect Troy Williams, and had an early decommitment in the form of Eddie Printz.
It has recently been reported that Winter Park, Fla. quarterback Asiantii Woulard will visit UCLA officially. It's not clear as to the overall interest level that Woulard has in the Bruins, but a visit gives UCLA a puncher's chance nonetheless.
After Brett Hundley, the depth chart at quarterback is very thin. Getting a player of Woulard's ability this late in the game would be an absolute boon for the Bruins.
Holding onto Current Commits
LB Myles Jack
The Bruins currently have 20 commitments in tow. However, the Bruins are in a battle to hold onto a few of them.
Committed linebacker Myles Jack from Bellevue, Wa. has taken official visits to Utah and Arizona State, and is slated to officially visit UCLA, Washington, and Florida State in the upcoming weeks.
The prevailing notion is that the hometown Huskies will be the Bruins' stiffest competition for Jack. He is visiting UCLA officially the weekend of Jan. 18. A great visit could calm some reservations that the fan base has about keeping the impressive prospect in the fold.
Oaks Christian linebacker Cameron Judge will take a visit to Arizona State, and wide receiver Ammon Barker will trip to Hawaii and San Diego State. With the recent commitment of Thomas Duarte, it doesn't seem as if Barker will be a Bruin for much longer.
Linebacker Deon Hollins Jr. will be taking trips to Notre Dame and Arizona State before signing day.
Of the 19 commitments, the shakiest could be offensive tackle Christian Morris. It's not that UCLA has dropped the ball with the Memphis native, but distance could be a problem. He's slated to visit both Ole Miss and Tennessee in the next two weeks.
The allure of the SEC, plus the close proximity to Memphis could ultimately lead to a decommitment before signing day (this is all based on conjecture and speculation).
The Big Fish
DL Eddie Vanderdoes
UCLA is involved with multiple big time recruits. Most of them won't make their college intentions known until Signing Day in a few weeks.
Aside from the aforementioned prospects mentioned in previous slides, here are a few recruits that the Bruins are heavily involved with:
Vanderdoes has already visited UCLA officially and will take trips to Southern Cal, Notre Dame and Alabama before Signing Day. He has a very good rapport with the UCLA coaching staff and is from the same area as defensive line coach Angus McClure.
Savaiinaea is down to UCLA and Texas A&M right now. The Aggies already have six middle linebacker commitments and just recently welcomed a transfer linebacker from TCU. With UCLA closer to Hawaii from both a distance and cultural standpoint, it seems as if he might be leaning to the Bruins.
Fitts' decommitment from Southern Cal became a public story this past week. As a result, he's already set up an official visit to UCLA for this upcoming weekend. His sister attends UCLA, and he's very close with his family. If anything, the Bruins have a realistic shot to land him.
UCLA has been at the top of the list for months in regards to Allen. The speedy wide receiver from Arizona will take a visit to Arkansas before deciding on his college destination. Allen is also considering Stanford and the hometown Arizona State Sun Devils. If he's admitted to Stanford, all bets are off as to where he'll attend college in the fall.