2017 UCLA Bruins Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 UCLA Bruins Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Class to be updated and adjusted on Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
UCLA Bruins Recruiting Class Overview
After coming up with one of the nation’s top recruiting classes last year – with the most commitments from any Pac-12 team – this is a strong follow-up with eve n more high-end star power than 2016’s group. With CB Darnay Holmes and DE Jaelan Phillips, the Bruins picked up – arguably – the two best players at their respective positions, while doing a fantastic job at loading up the defensive interior with Martin Andrew and Greg Rogers just two of the great gets. The talent is there, but the talent has been there for a long time in Westwood. Now this coaching staff has to do something with it.
The UCLA Bruins Class Is Heavy On …
Defensive backs. Getting Holmes was the key to the group, but this was going to be a strong area even before bringing him on. Elijah Gates is an elite corner with the quickness to be a shutdown guy on one side, and Jaylan Shaw isn’t a bad option to potentially play around with. But it’s Holmes who has the NFL talent, quickness and blasting speed. He can hit, too.
The Star of the UCLA Bruins Class Is …
DE Jaelan Phillips, 6-6, 250, Redlands, CA – Pass rusher, pass rusher, pass rusher. He’s a bit rangy, but add about ten pounds of good weight, keep his explosion and quickness, and look out. There might be some thought to make him a bit of a tweener who can outside linebacker-type things, but no – turn him loose into the backfield.
The UCLA Bruins Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The defensive front. Takkarist McKinley left early – he could go late in the first round – and now the Bruins need more options at one end spot on the other side of Jacob Tuioti-Mariner. Eddie Vanderdoes might not have lived up to the hype, but he’s gone early, while fellow tackle Eli Ankou is gone, too. Throw in the loss of linebackers Jayon Brown and Cameron Judge, and UCLA has to beef up in a hurry.