In this episode of the ‘What’s Bruin Show’, we take a look at the UCLA football team’s efforts on the recruiting trail after National Signing Day 2018.
In this episode, hosts Bill Shirley, Jake Merrifield and I welcome guest host Jamaal Artis to the podcast to discuss UCLA football‘s finished product for National Signing Day 2018. Also joining us on the What’s Bruin Hotline is Go Joe Bruin recruiting specialist Michael Hanna to discuss the 27 player class that the Bruins hauled in.
We start the show with our usual intros and Go Joe Bruin headlines which cover non-NSD information including UCLA basketball‘s newest 4-star commit Tyler Campbell and what the depth chart could look like next season, the UCLA Women’s basketball team’s recent six-game win streak (putting them in a three-way tie at the top of the Pac-12 standings and what teams UCLA football should schedule in the future after Rutgers backs out of their 2020-2021 home-and-home series.
We then get into our reactions to signing day and all the fervor that surrounded the college football holiday. From surprise commitments, to discussions on depth, to the lack of updated information from several recruiting outlets, we paint the picture of what National Signing Day 2018 was like on the Bruin front.
We then get into the thick of NSD as Hanna joins us to discuss the newest recruits that can now call themselves Bruins.
UCLA finishes 18th in the 247Sports recruiting class rankings which is not a bad thing considering head coach Chip Kelly’s plan of attack for his team. The new boss is not looking for the elite recruits, he is looking for the recruits that will make his system work and he got a lot of those players on Wednesday.
We talk with Hanna about who were the best pick ups, who will make an immediate impact and what this class means for UCLA going forward.