UCLA Football Recruiting: Bruins get their first 2019 OL commitment

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: Theo Howard /

The UCLA football team has picked up their fourth commitment of the 2019 class and their first offensive line commit as 3-star OG Beau Taylor has gone “all in” on the Bruins.

Let us go back two weeks. It is Friday, June 15. Morning. The UCLA football team had zero players committed to the 2019 recruiting class. Shortly before lunch, word spreads that Texas product, QB Chase Griffin, had committed to the Bruins. In the coming fortnight, the recruitment of the 2019 class will have finally taken off.

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Back to the present and three commitments later, 3-star offensive guard Beau Taylor (Bishop Gorman/Las Vegas, NV) has given his pledge to the Bruins. In doing so, he is now the first offensive lineman to commit to the 2019 class.


Taylor is a monster in the making. He already stands at 6’5, 286 lbs. and is very agile for a player of his size. When blocking, he is able to lock out his opposition and prevent advancement. Whether it is holding players back or throwing them to the ground, he consistently handles his assignments.

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Taylor also has some pretty quick feet which allow him to be pulled effortlessly, as well as run out past the line of scrimmage and open up lanes. With the pace head coach Chip Kelly is looking to get to with his offense, Taylor seems like the perfect fit.

Recruiting the offensive line is going to be very important for Kelly the next few seasons. Not only is he looking to land his ideal prospects, but he needs to land a considerable amount of them. Ideally, Kelly need to land at least five in 2019.

Since Kelly took over, he has lost several offensive linemen, mostly because they did not fit the scheme. Though it affects depth, having the right players for the job is vital to Kelly’s success.

This past signing day, Kelly was able to bring in four offensive linemen, most of which might see a lot of playing time in 2018: 4-star OG Chris Murray, 3-star OT Alec Anderson, OT John Gaines and OT Baraka Bennett.

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It started slow, but recruiting has finally taken off. It is a process that Kelly has formulated in his head and now we are finally seeing the results of his philosophy play out. With that in mind, in the coming weeks, we should be seeing a lot more commitments. Welcome to Westwood, Beau!