Now that we know who is in after National Signing Day, it is time to look at a potential depth chart for the UCLA football team in 2019.
A lot of UCLA football fans are not ecstatic when it comes to the most recent signing class, but it does not mean it is void of talent. We know that Chip Kelly and his staff know how to develop players, which gives us hope for the 19 newest Bruins, but how long will it take to accomplish that feat?
The other concern is the low number of signees as UCLA has had problems with depth at a few key positions in the last few seasons. Have they filled the gaps with their latest class? Let us find out…
LT: Sean Rhyan (Fr), Alec Anderson (R-Fr), Stephen DeFranco (R-Fr)
LG: Michael Alves (R-Jr), Beau Taylor (Fr), Sean Marrazzo (R-So)
C: Boss Tagaloa (Sr), Duke Clemens (Fr), Mohamed Khalil (R-Fr)
RG: Chris Murray (So), Baraka Beckett (R-Fr), Josh Carlin (Fr)
RT: Jake Burton (R-Jr), Jon Gaines (R-Fr), Lucas Grammlick (R-So)
The UCLA football team loaded up with offensive linemen in this class, which is a good thing. When Chip Kelly took over, this was one of the position groups in desperate need of talent and depth and for over the last year, they have brought in several linemen. What is even better is the fact that they have been developing under offensive coordinator Justin Frye.
With the Bruins losing three OLs from last season (Andre James, Justin Murphy, and Josh Wariboko-Alali), they reloaded with a few guys that will support the projected starters. Sean Rhyan should be a fan favorite and one of the favorites to win the starting left tackle position. He will most likely be alongside (from left to right) Michael Alves, Boss Tagaloa, Chris Murray and Jake Burton. Aside from Rhyan, the Bruins’ O-line is returning all starters.
Also look for a few young guys to take a step forward. We like what we are seeing from Alec Anderson, Baraka Beckett, and Jon Gaines.