UCLA Recruiting: 5 Recruits Every Bruins Fan Should Be Watching This Summer
Although the UCLA football team won't be competing on the gridiron until Aug. 30 against Virginia, every Bruins fan should earnestly pay attention to the recruiting efforts this upcoming summer.
A majority of UCLA's current commitments will be participating in various camps throughout the next few months. Dually, the Bruins' top targets on their recruiting board will also be active in the summer.
With the impressive amounts of coverage on the events, it gives the respective fanbases of the programs an even greater glimpse at the top talent in the high school ranks.
This piece will look at UCLA's highest-ranked commitment. It will also analyze four elite prospects, two of which reside in California.
Here's a look at five recruits every UCLA fan should be watching this summer.
Recruiting rankings courtesy of 247Sports.com unless otherwise noted.
Rasheem Green, a 5-star defensive lineman, is one of the premier defensive prospects in the state of California for the 2015 class.
Green looks like a college player right now. A freak athlete, Green has the ideal combination of size, speed and strength. The Junipero Serra High School product comes from a high school primarily regarded as a USC stronghold. Former Trojans such as Marqise Lee and Robert Woods both attended the school.
For that reason, the Trojans could be tough to beat. However, Green has visited UCLA multiple times during the Bruins' spring practice. Green's mother also went to college at UCLA.
It will be fascinating to see how his recruitment unfolds. Regardless, expect both UCLA and USC to be on Green's short list for the duration of his recruiting process.
Green was invited to "The Opening," the prestigious Nike high school camp in Oregon. The camp will take place in the early portion of July.
Defensive end CeCe Jefferson is an elite player from a national perspective.
The 5-star athlete out of Florida has offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Florida and others. Many would scoff at the notion of UCLA having a shot with Jefferson.
However, there's reason to think the Bruins could make things interesting. Jefferson visited UCLA unofficially this past June. In a B/R interview, he also mentioned UCLA as having the "prettiest women."
According to 247Sports' Twitter account, Jefferson announced back in April that he would take his first official visit to UCLA. While it might be difficult to pry Jefferson out of the Southeast, the Bruins do have a puncher's chance.
Landing Jefferson would be a massive coup. The talented defensive prospect is blessed with great quickness, athleticism and pass-rushing capabilities.
Keisean Lucier-South could ultimately be UCLA's top target on the defensive side of the ball.
The Orange Lutheran product is eerily similar to former Bruin Anthony Barr. Lucier-South has a great burst off the edge and couples his great quickness with a tremendous wingspan. The 5-star prospect easily has room to put on another 35-40 pounds with a college conditioning program.
UCLA doesn't have great depth at the outside linebacker position. Lucier-South would instantly be in UCLA's two-deep as a freshman and could conceivably play a significant role in 2015.
The Bruins will battle the likes of Michigan, USC, Alabama and others for his services. Justin Hopkins of 247Sports recently reported Lucier-South's list of schools.
UCLA could be considered the leader right now. Lucier-South has visited UCLA multiple times in the past few months and was a guest at UCLA's spring game in April.
Lucier-South will join Green at The Opening in July.
The UCLA coaching staff will yet again head down to SEC country with the hopes of luring a top talent out to Westwood.
In recent years, UCLA has done fairly well signing prospects from the southern portion of the country. Zach Whitley, Fabian Moreau, Caleb Benenoch, Kenny Young and Simon Goines come to mind as examples of the sentiment.
The offensive line is an area of need for the Bruins—especially at tackle. Drew Richmond, a 4-star tackle out of Memphis, is a major target for offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.
Richmond is a massive individual at 6'5" and 320 pounds. He's a very physical player at the point of attack. Richmond's also light on his feet and moves very well laterally. The talented tackle has the ability to potentially start right away.
Per BruinReportOnline.com (subscription required), Tracy Pierson reported Richmond will make his decision on Sept. 9. As of now, the only school he will definitively visit officially is UCLA.
Richmond was also invited to The Opening in Oregon.
Josh Rosen is UCLA's highest-profile commitment up to this point.
The 5-star quarterback is in all likelihood the top signal-caller in the country. It will be fascinating to see him compete this summer against the cream of the crop at the position.
Rosen—similar to Green, Lucier-South and Richmond—will head to The Opening in July. He will likely want to perform exceptionally well in the Elite 11 Finals, an event that pits the top quarterbacks against each other.
UCLA has to like its future at the quarterback position with Rosen and redshirt freshman Asiantii Woulard. The two figure to battle each other in '15 for the starting quarterback spot (assuming Brett Hundley leaves for the NFL).