UCLA Football Recruiting weekly update (2/5) – Its almost National Signing Day

PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 21: Christian Pabico
PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 21: Christian Pabico /

Go Joe Bruin takes a look at the week that was (1/30-2/5) in UCLA football recruiting as the Bruins are in the home stretch before National Signing Day.

The UCLA football coaches were all over the country last week as they were trying to reel in several recruits for National Signing Day 2018, as well as getting ready for the 2019 recruiting cycle.

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In the last week, UCLA landed four commitments which thickened up certain position groups and added some much needed depth to others. Here is what went on…

Current 2018 UCLA Football Recruiting Class

  • 4* QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson (C), 6’1″, 195 lbs., Bishop Gorman HS (Las Vegas, NV)
  • 4* ATH Bryan Addison (LOI), 6’5″, 180 lbs., Junipero Serra HS (Gardena, CA)
  • 4* WR Chase Cota (LOI), 6’3″, 195 lbs., South Medford HS (Medford, OR)
  • 4* LB Bo Calvert (LOI), 6’3″, 218 lbs., Oaks Christian HS (Westlake Village, CA)
  • 4* S Stephan Blaylock (LOI), 5’10”, 185 lbs., St. John Bosco HS (Bellflower, CA)
  • 4* OG Chris Murray (C), 6’3″, 300 lbs., Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 4* DE Elijah Wade (C), 6’5″, 240 lbs., Arbor View (Las Vegas, NV)
  • 4* WR Kyle Phillips (LOI), 5’11”, 176 lbs., San Marcos HS (San Marcos, CA)
  • 4* DT Tyler Manoa (C), 6’5″, 260 lbs., St. Francis (Mountain View, CA)
  • 3* RB Kazmeir Allen (LOI), 5’10”, 185 lbs., Tulare Union HS (Tulare, CA)
  • 3* WR Delon Hurt (C), 6’0″, 190 lbs., Servite (Anaheim, CA)
  • 3* TE Matt Alaimo (C), 6’5″, 235 lbs., St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, NJ)
  • 3* WR CJ Parks (C), 5’11”, 186 lbs., Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 3* S Kenny Churchwell (C), 6’2″, 180 lbs., Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 3* ATH Patrick Jolly (C), 6’1″, 177 lbs., Newsome HS (Lithia, FL)
  • 3* OT Alec Anderson (LOI), 6’5″, 283 lbs., Etiwanda HS (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
  • 3* DE Steven Mason (C), 6’8″, 250 lbs., Southwestern College (Chula Vista, CA)
  • 3* CB Elisha Guidry (C), 6’0″, 177 lbs., Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA)
  • 3* S Je’Vari Anderson (C), 6’0″, 220 lbs., Laney College (Oakland, CA)
  • 3* DT Antonio Mafi (LOI), 6’3”, 360 lbs., Junipero Serra HS (San Mateo, CA)
  • 3* DT Baraka Beckett (C), 6’4″, 280 lbs., Palisades (Pacific Palisades, CA)
  • 3* LB Tyree Thompson (C), 6’3″, 235 lbs., L.A. Valley College (Van Nuys, CA)

C – committed, LOI – signed Letter of Intent

Total Commits: 22

5-star: 0 | 4-star: 9 | 3-star: 12 | 2-star: 1

QB: 1 | RB: 1 | TE: 1 | WR: 4 | OL: 2 | DL: 5 | LB: 2 | DB: 4 | ATH: 2 | ST: 0

AZ: 1 | CA: 16 | NJ: 1 | FL: 1 | NV: 2 | OR: 1

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The UCLA football team received four commitments last week and a few addressed several needs with depth. Here is who the Bruins’ have…

3* TE Matt Alaimo (C), 6’5″, 235 lbs.

Three-star TE Matt Alaimo started things off midweek with his commitment to UCLA. He is the first tight end to commit to the Bruins in 2018. Go Joe Bruin Analysis

3* DE Steven Mason (C), 6’8″, 250 lbs.

Mason was the second player of the week to commit to the Bruins and added to a very impressive list of defensive linemen commits. He is a JUCO transfer that has college experience which could immediately help the Bruins next season. Go Joe Bruin Analysis


4* DT Tyler Manoa (C), 6’5″, 260 lbs.

The Bruins’ third commitment of the week was their second DL commit of the week as the explosive Manoa committed. Go Joe Bruin Analysis


3* LB Tyree Thompson (C), 6’3″, 235 lbs.

The Bruins not only flipped a commitment from Vanderbilt, but also landed a player that will give depth to a position group in much need of it as linebacker Thompson is now heading Westwood. Go Joe Bruin Analysis

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Official Visits

There were no official visits this past weekend, but a few players took unofficials and are planning a few in the coming days.


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Offers, Final Lists and Miscellaneous

The UCLA coaches were all over the map last week, but also took time to visit several local committed and uncommitted prospects.

Here is uncommitted 3-star WR Geordon Porter with the Chip Kelly and receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty.

Not far from there, Kelly went to Etiwanda High School to visit with 2018 OL commit Alec Anderson.

The Bruin coaches were also preparing for the next recruiting cycle as they offered 2019 3-star LB prospect, Laiatu Latu.

Despite loading up on receivers in the 2018 cycle, Kelly and Co. are continuing that push into next year. Five-star WR Theo Wease, Jr. narrowed down his list to seven and has the Bruins in the mix.

Three-star DT Otto Ogbonnia is considering committing to UCLA and we like what we see with a few of his tweets…

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National Signing Day Biggest Needs

Last week Go Joe Bruin put out an article detailing the current class and the needs UCLA has to focus on heading into National Signing Day. For information on what could be expected this Wednesday, check out the article HERE.