Class Snapshot: UCLA
UCLA continues to build its roster and this recruiting cycle has been no exception. The Bruins have another outstanding class, which could get even better between now and signing day, for 2014.
Class Snapshot: UCLA (17 commits)
Current Rank: No. 17 nationally, No. 2 Pac-12, (0.8896 average 247Sports Composite Rating)
Top Commit: Linebacker Zach Whitley (Houston, Texas/North Shore) was committed to Alabama for the majority of the recruiting cycle before flipping to the Bruins and enrolling in early January.
Class Strength: Defensive Back. Safety Jaleel Wadood (Belflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and cornerback Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif.) are two of the best at their positions nationally. Also cornerback Denzel Fisher (Compton, Calif./Centennial) is skilled and was a late riser. At 6-foot-1, 165 pounds, Fisher will have to fill out his frame but has the length and hips to be a good one.
Sleeper: Offensive tackle Kolton Miller (Roseville, Calif.) is a prospect that our recruiting analysts at 247Sports are extremely high on. The 6-foot-8, 280-pounder has outstanding athleticism and upside. His 247Sports Composite rating, however, is 0.8841, which puts him at the No. 31 offensive tackle prospect nationally and in the three-star range. Provided he develops, he could be an All-Pac 12 candidate for the Bruins and find his way to the NFL.
Top Remaining Target: Five-star wide receiver Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the country and UCLA currently is scheduled to get his final official visit on the weekend of Jan. 31. LSU is the frontrunner with Alabama and Florida State also in the mix. While it seems that the Bruins would have to pull a major upset to land him, there is some degree of confidence in Westwood that this one is a realistic possibility, so it’s something to keep an eye on.
Remaining Needs: UCLA would really like to sign another running back in this class and the nation’s top all-purpose back, Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom), an Oklahoma commit, is someone that the Bruins have not given up on. Expect UCLA to pursue a potential flip here until signing day.
Top Recruiter: Recruiting coordinator/defensive line coach Angus McClure flipped defensive end Matt Dickerson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) from Notre Dame and is the primary recruiter of record for four-star wide receiver Alex Van Dyke (Elk Grove, Calif./Cosumnes Oaks), Miller and Pickett. He currently ranks as the No. 2 recruiter in the Pac-12 and the No. 41 recruiter nationally according to 247Sports recruiter rankings for the 2014 cycle. McClure has had an outstanding reputation for recruiting excellence for nearly a decade and has been at UCLA since 2007.
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