Chip Kelly landed his biggest commitment as UCLA’s head football coach to date on Sunday night, as 4-star athlete Bryan Addison announced his pledge to UCLA.
Addison, who grew up a UCLA Football fan in Pasadena, is the top-rated athlete in the country according to 247 Sports’s composite rankings. He projects as a potential all-conference player at either safety or receiver, the latter of which is his preferred position and where he will get his first shot as a Bruin.
The UCLA Football Bruins are in need of help in their secondary but despite 2017 being Addison’s first year playing WR it’s clear he’s going to bring plenty of upside to whatever position he plays.
Listed at six-foot-five and 180 pounds, Addison is going to need to add some bulk to his frame but displays the hands and athletic ability to make big plays in the Chip Kelly offense.
For UCLA, reeling in Addison is a huge coup. The Bruins are in need of dynamic talent to ignite the Chip Kelly era, but Addison’s commitment comes with the added benefit of being the first time in ages UCLA has landed the year’s top recruit from infamous USC pipeline Gardena Serra.
With Addison in hand and projecting as a wide receiver at UCLA, the Bruins now have four committed wide receivers forming an excellent position class. However, with two of those commitments potentially being in doubt, WR coach Jimmie Dougherty is still recruiting a number of Top 250 wide receivers, many of whom look to be leaning to UCLA at the moment as Chip Kelly attempts to restock the skill positions in advance of his inaugural season roaming the Rose Bowl sideline.
This isn’t the end of the recruiting trail for the UCLA Football program but should be seen as a sign of the big things to come before the 2018 National Signing Day. Could the Bruins also be in store for a few surprises when the early signing period? Keep it tuned in to Go Joe Bruin as we bring you new recruiting developments as they happen.
Welcome to Westwood, Bryan!