UCLA Football: Summer Grades for 2015 Recruiting Class
Spring practice is past, and preseason camp will not open for more than two months. That means recruiting season is about to heat up, and UCLA head coach Jim Mora is among those who are jockeying to be in the national mix.
The 2015 class is Mora's fourth at UCLA, making him a grizzled veteran in this process. His Bruins are off to a solid start with six verbal commitments, which ranks them second among Pac-12 programs, per 247Sports.com.
As summer camps and seven-on-seven tournaments commence, Mora and his staff must still put in plenty of work on the recruiting trail—especially because the one team that is currently ranked ahead of UCLA is crosstown rival USC.
Mora landed a huge commitment in March from 5-star prospect Josh Rosen. The product of local prep powerhouse St. John Bosco in Bellflower is both the No. 1 overall recruit in California and the nation's top pro-style quarterback, according to 247Sports.com.
He earned high marks across the board, but his pocket presence and accuracy garnered two of the highest from 247Sports.com's analysis.
Rosen is the decided face of this recruiting class and an A-plus get for Mora and company.
UCLA added 3-star prospect Bolu Olorunfunmi, the first running back in its 2015 recruiting class, on March 11.
He holds offers from Pac-12 competitors Stanford, Utah, Oregon State and Washington State, as well as Notre Dame. He's a product of California Interscholastic Federation Central Section powerhouse Clovis North.
The Fresno area has strategic significance for the Bruins. It's a battleground among Pac-12 programs but also a pipeline of emphasis for Oklahoma. Landing Olorunfunmi plants a UCLA flag there.
As for its overall running back class, UCLA's most highly rated target is 4-star Soso Jamabo of Plano West High School in Plano, Texas. He is a hot prospect among Big 12 suitors, as well as UCLA's Pac-12 counterpart Oregon, which has a solid pipeline into the Lone Star State.
Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
With offers pouring his way from across the country, Aliz'e Jones made an early commitment to UCLA and has remained firm in his verbal pledge.
The nation's No. 1 tight end and No. 49 overall prospect, per 247Sports.com, is a teammate of 4-star wide receiver Cordell Broadus at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. Broadus is among the most highly sought-after prospects at his position and a target of high interest for the Bruins.
Nevertheless, UCLA is off to a very strong start in its recruitment of wideouts and tight ends. The 2015 group has the early look of an A-grade class.
Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm landed a solid first commitment for his unit in Tevita Halalilo, a 4-star prospect from Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, California.
He is ranked the nation's No. 18 offensive guard prospect, per 247Sports.com's composite ratings, and is the No. 35 overall recruit from California. That translates to a win for UCLA as it works to establish itself in the talent-rich, local pipelines.
Southern California recruits could prove instrumental to UCLA building its 2015 offensive line class. Another top target is 4-star Zach Robertson, a St. John Bosco teammate of Bruins quarterback commit Rosen.
The Bruins are also going outside the state in pursuit of 3-star tackle Connor Williams of Coppell, Texas.
Halalilo is a great cornerstone, but landing one of these other prospects is crucial to securing an A-rated offensive line class.
The Bruins have yet to land a commitment from a defensive lineman for their 2015 class. However, one of UCLA's top priorities is a biggie.
Rasheem Green, a 5-star defensive tackle from Junipero Serra in Gardena, California, has generated interest from across the Pac-12. USC is among UCLA's competitors to land Green, and that's significant because the Trojans have established a strong pipeline to the prep powerhouse in recent years.
This past February, USC lured 5-star athlete Adoree' Jackson from there.
Another highly touted local prospect that UCLA is targeting for its defensive line is 5-star defensive end Keisean Lucier-South of Orange (California) Lutheran.
Mora and his staff made inroads to the Southeast in the last recruiting season with the signing of 4-star New Orleans linebacker Kenny Young.
In the 2015 class, UCLA reached into Florida to land a commitment from 3-star linebacker Victor Alexander of Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville.
The Bruins' efforts are largely within the Pac-12 footprint in pursuit of other linebacker prospects. Another Junipero Serra prospect is a top priority, 5-star John Houston. UCLA is also after 4-star Porter Gustin of Salem Hills High School in Salem, Utah, as well as 3-star Cassius Peat. Peat, a product of Corona Del Sol in Tempe, Arizona, is the brother of Stanford standout offensive lineman Andrus Peat.
After its "Linebacker U" tweet last summer, UCLA has work to do to live up to that billing in the coming months.
Southern California prep schools are ripe with talented defensive backs in the 2015 recruiting, and UCLA is pursuing some of the most notable.
Out of the CIF San Diego Section, the Bruins are targeting 4-star San Marcos Mission Hills safety DeChaun Holiday and 4-star St. Augustine cornerback Frank Buncom IV. Both are seeing heavy interest from other Pac-12 programs.
UCLA is also looking to Texas for 3-star cornerback Josh Butler from West Mesquite High School.
The Bruins have yet to gain a commitment from a defensive back. Locking up the secondary in the coming months could be a high priority.
Recruiting rankings and information culled from 247Sports.com unless otherwise noted.