UCLA made more waves on the national football recruiting scene tonight, reeling in the commitment of 2015 24/7 Composite 3-star nose tackle Bryce English (DeSoto, TX/DeSoto). English’s commitment to UCLA comes on the heels of a whirlwind week for the young Texan, who was an unfamiliar name to even the most ardent UCLA recruiting follower until a week ago when he took a trip to Los Angeles to check out what the Bruins had to offer. In the end, that visit was enough to put UCLA over the top for English. He was also considering Arizona State, Arkansas, and TCU.
English, a former Texas commit who dropped his Longhorns pledge in April despite being the godson of Texas’s recruiting coordinator Bruce Chambers, has the chance to be a key contributor down the line for UCLA. At 5’11” and 315 lbs, English profiles a classic space-eating, gap-stuffing nose tackle. But far from a one-trick pony, English had a devastatingly effective junior season. He was the defensive catalyst on a team that was a semifinalist in Texas’s grueling 5A division, which is the highest level of high school football in the prep-mad state. In total, English racked up 80 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, six sacks, and seven forced fumbles during the 2013 season.
In Westwood, English will be expected to be the heir apparent to Kenny Clark at nose tackle. English is likely to redshirt, learn the nuances of his position on the college level, and reap the benefits of Sal Alosi‘s strength and conditioning program. With the possibility that Clark could jump to the NFL after his junior season in 2015, English could inherit the position and be a 3-year starter on the Bruins’ defensive line.
Kudos to coaches Angus McClure (defensive line) and Adrian Klemm (offensive line and area recruiter) on a job well done in getting English’s commitment in such a remarkably short period of time.
And most importantly, welcome to Westwood, Bryce!