UCLA Football Recruiting: 3 Reasons Keisean Lucier-South Will Sign with UCLA
California resident and 5-star defender Keisean Lucier-South is a highly coveted target for Jim Mora and the UCLA football team.
His potential addition would be a gigantic boon for the program. Lucier-South is regarded as one of the most talented prospects on the West Coast in the 2015 class. 247Sports.com ranks the Orange Lutheran product as one of the top five prospects in the entire state.
There are three reasons in particular as to why he will ultimately sign with the Bruins in February. These specific thoughts will be delved into in the proceeding slides.
From an early playing-time perspective, UCLA should be an attractive destination.
Looking at UCLA's depth chart in 2015, the cupboard is relatively bare. Projected starters Myles Jack and Kenny Orjioke will each be upperclassmen. In fact, both will likely play their last collegiate seasons in '15. Orjioke will be a senior, and Jack will most likely leave for the NFL after his junior campaign.
Depth behind both players is relatively shaky. As the roster is presently constituted, Deon Hollins Jr. and Dwight Williams are the main candidates. When compared to both, Lucier-South has an advantage from a size and overall talent standpoint.
Should Lucier-South sign with the Bruins, he'd garner valuable experience behind Orjioke and Jack. Once they leave, he would be in line for a starting spot as a sophomore.
Becoming the Next Great UCLA Pass-Rusher
Lucier-South has been consistently compared to Anthony Barr.
Like Barr, Lucier-South is impressive physically at 6'5", 225 pounds. He almost resembles a praying mantis with his long arms and superlative length.
Positionally, he will likely start out as a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end. On first and second down, I expect the talented prospect to play standing up. He's good enough athletically to cover players in space. On third down, he will theoretically put his hand in the dirt and rush the passer.
The description sounds eerily similar to how Barr was used under Mora and his staff.
The Allure of Staying Home
UCLA does provide inherent advantages for local prospects.
From a location standpoint, the area offers much in the way of networking for a variety of avenues.
In terms of looking at the football aspect of it, UCLA is one of the hottest programs in the country. Mora has transformed a hapless bunch into a 10-win team that will likely be ranked in the top 10 heading into the '14 season.
The university is also only about an hour away from Orange Lutheran High School, where Lucier-South plays.
Lucier-South is not a finished product by any means.
He's still relatively raw as a pass-rusher. At times, he compensates for his lack of pass-rushing moves with his impressive athleticism.
Landing him would be a massive achievement for UCLA. Programs from all across the country are vying for his services. Michigan, Alabama, Notre Dame and Southern Cal in particular will be stiff competition.
Per BruinReportOnline, Lucier-South has named UCLA as his current leader.
*Recruiting rankings will be courtesy of 247Sports.com, unless otherwise noted.