UCLA recently lost the commitment of big man Erik Bunte and recouped by adding another offensive lineman to their 2013 recruiting class in four-star offensive tackle Alex Redmond out of Los Alamitos, CA.
The Bruins’ recruiting class now stands at 19 so far, including six offensive linemen.
According to some scouting reports online, Redmond’s forte seems to be that of his run-blocking, and he’s lauded by scouts as someone with the ability to compete at a high level in college. Furthermore, the scouts love his explosiveness off the line to get a good initial push, something that’s necessary for a run-blocking specialist.
The reports do say he’s a tad raw with his hands and though he’s very solid in pass-blocking, he’ll need to work on the techniques more.
Nevertheless, UCLA’s offensive line has been one of the weaker points of a fantastic 2012 season, so knowing that the coaching staff is addressing such a weakness by bringing in talents like Redmond is a good thing.
He likely won’t compete for a starting position right away — with only Jeff Baca leaving and the rest of the UCLA offensive line returning for at least two more years — but he’ll be included in a massive group that includes the likes of Kenny Lacy and Christian Morris, two of the upper-tier linemen in this class.
Now if only the Bruins can take care of that secondary. Oh, wait.