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UCLA Football Recruiting: 4 Former Blue Chippers Who Will Finally Shine in 2014

Jason FrayCorrespondent IMay 20, 2014

UCLA Football Recruiting: 4 Former Blue Chippers Who Will Finally Shine in 2014

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    There are four former blue-chip prospects with the potential to impact the UCLA football team in 2014. 

    Three of the four prospects in this slideshow are young players. While none should be considered "busts" in the slightest, there hasn't been an opportunity for them to play extended snaps. This premise should change in the upcoming season. 

    The last member mentioned is a fifth-year senior. An extremely hyped prospect coming out of high school, the said player should be in line for a very good senior campaign. 

    Here's a look at a talented quartet of former blue chippers ready to perform at a high level for the UCLA Bruins. 

     

Tahaan Goodman

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    Tahaan Goodman was a Scout.com and Rivals.com 4-star prospect coming out of Rancho Cucamonga High School. He chose the Bruins over offers from Southern Cal, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida and Florida State. 

    The talented safety played sparingly this past year as a true freshman. He initially participated on special teams early. As the season progressed, his role on the team expanded. 

    UCLA will likely play in a 4-2-5 for the majority of the time. With the entire starting secondary retuning, Goodman looks primed to be the "fifth" starter in this alignment.

    From a physical standpoint, he's the most gifted member of the secondary on the roster. Goodman will see a good chunk of time this season. It will only aid in his development going forward. 

     

     

Craig Lee

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    Craig Lee—the former Scout.com 4-star running back from Redlands, California—is potentially the most talented running back on UCLA's roster. 

    The redshirt freshman differs from the existing stable on the roster. Jordon James is a compact, quick runner with good agility. Paul Perkins—although not exceptionally fast—is adept at catching passes out of the backfield. He also has good vision in the open field. 

    Steven Manfro can be productive. However, he has durability concerns. 

    Of the four, Lee is the fastest and most explosive. His pass blocking needs to improve, as does his knowledge of the playbook. Regardless, his ceiling is considerable.

    Lee truly does add a different dimension to the UCLA offense with his athleticism. 

Kenny Lacy/Poasi Moala

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    Redshirt freshmen tackles Poasi Moala and Kenny Lacy both have the opportunity to snag a starting spot on UCLA's young offensive line. 

    Both were Scout.com 4-star prospects in the Bruins' 2013 class. Moala was regarded (subscription required) as the top tackle on the west coast by Scout in '13. Lacy was ranked as the fourth best, and the best offensive-line prospect in the state of Arizona as a senior. 

    Versatility is the name of the game for each prospect. Although naturally a tackle, Moala can play as a guard. Similarly, Lacy can play both positions as well. 

    The right tackle spot is up for grabs at the moment. Should Malcolm Bunche move outside to man the position, the right guard spot will be vacant. Lacy and Moala have the summer and fall to try and snag one of the starting gigs. 

    The duo should see time this season—even if neither starts. 

Owamagbe Odighizuwa

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    We will take a trip all the way back to 2010 to take a look at the curious case of Owamagbe Odighizuwa. 

    The defensive end out of Portland, Oregon was a 5-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. In fact, Rivals had "Owa" as the eighth-best prospect in the entire country. 

    In his first two years in Westwood, "Owa" could be classified as a minor disappointment. He didn't exactly set the world on fire with his play.

    As a junior, the proverbial light started to go on. Odighizuwa's immense physical gifts were apparent, and he was finally beginning to apply those to the field. However, he suffered a hip injury—effectively robbing him of the 2013 season.

    Now a redshirt senior (and fully healthy), "Owa" is primed for a big senior campaign. He will likely start in the spot vacated by Cassius Marsh. If all goes well, Odighizuwa will cement himself as an NFL prospect. 

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