With UCLA's spring football practice officially in session, the returning Bruins and early enrollees are gearing up for weeks of competition and collective growth.
Head coach Jim Mora, entering his second season in Westwood, has far fewer questions with this go-around than he did in 2012. Most notably, the fact that UCLA has a starting quarterback lined up in Brett Hundley is a huge weight off Mora's shoulders.
But as is always the case in college sports, graduation and defection have hurt the Bruins' roster, specifically in the defensive backfield. Mora and Co. have done all they can to rectify the issue, trying to find answers through recruitment and development. Hauling in a top-10 class is a certainly a step in the right direction, especially since the crop includes a number of plug-and-chug prospects.
Which UCLA recruits are most likely to see the field as true freshmen? Well, there's plenty that goes into that discussion, but we'll try to sort through it all right now.
The following list ranks the five freshmen who could have the biggest impact for the Bruins next year. The ranking was determined by comparing what each player brings to the table (skill, size, stats, ratings, etc.), as well as what UCLA returns at their respective positions. Without further ado, let's get to it!
Note: All recruiting information, including rankings and statistics, is based on the 247Sports Composite Rankings.