The 2018 UCLA Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
UCLA Recruiting Class Overview
It’s really, really strong.
Considering Chip Kelly had about ten minutes to put together a class, he’s done a great job of keeping a lot of the previous commitments, but also bring in a bunch of new ones in the little time he had to work.
A reasonable case could be made that no one did more between the Early Signing Day and February, getting commitments from big-time prospects Chris Murray for the offensive line, Elijah Wade out of Las Vegas for the defensive end, and a bunch of defensive backs to provide a potential instant boost for the secondary.
If that wasn’t enough, getting Dorian Thompson-Robinson out of Las Vegas, and grad transfer K.J. Carta-Samuels from Washington, and the Josh Rosen-less quarterback situation suddenly doesn’t look so awful.
And none of that includes the players who signed on in late December, which was already great, especially at …
The UCLA Class Is Heavy On …
Coming up with a few nice commitments after Early Signing Day – CJ Parks out of Santa Ana and Patrick Jolly out of Florida – only boosted the situation after getting two almost-certain starters for the near-future.
Chase Cota is a 6-3 No. 1 option out of Oregon – he got away from the Ducks, Oregon State, USC, Georgia and Notre Dame – was the best early get in the signing process, but smallish quick target Kyle Philips isn’t bad, either.
The receiving corps looks even better depending on the position of …
The Star of the UCLA Class Is …
WR/DB Bryan Addison, 6-5, 175
Is he a really physical athlete as a receiver, or is he a really tall defensive back with range? Michigan, Washington and Nebraska were close, but Addison committed in December as a key part of the class.
So where does he play? He can pop as a safety – and he has the range to be dangerous in pass coverage – but his next-level talent is as a receiver. No matter where he plays, he’ll be a difference-maker.
The UCLA Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
There’s production coming back – everyone who did much of anything for one of the nation’s worst running games returns – but can anyone make the Chip Kelly offense explode? Is it the O line? The running backs? Relying on Rosen winging it?
It was a little bit of all three, but after failing to hit the 1,500-yard mark on the ground, the Bruins need a gamebreaker.
That might not be Kazmeir Allen – a 5-10, 175-pound speedster – but he’s the right fit to have a role early on in the attack.