The UCLA football team’s recruiting efforts are proving to be advantageous as the Bruins have landed their first commit of 2020 as DE Jay Max Jacobsen (Temecula Valley/Temecula, CA) is heading to Westwood.
It looks as if the “8Clap8th” campaign is working for the UCLA football team as they received their first commitment for the 2020 recruiting cycle because of the gimmicky scholarship offering strategy.
After handing out a scholarship to the 6’4, 230-lbs. Temecula product Jay Max Jacobsen during the March “8Clap8th”, UCLA hosted the defensive end on an unofficial visit to spring practice on Saturday. A few hours later, Jacobsen gave his pledge to the Bruins.
Jacobsen is a passion player that should fit quite nicely in defensive coordinator Jerry Azzinaro’s system. He is very energetic and tries to get after the ball on each play. He also has no problem getting into the backfield by either running around the edge or pushing his blocker back with his sheer physical strength. He can also get in between the tackles and rush right up the middle to get after the ball carrier.
Jacobsen also has good speed for a player of his size. He can not only rocket into the backfield, but has good pursuit in the open field.
These tools will help the Bruins continue to develop him as a pass rusher and will most likely play amongst the outside linebackers once he gets to Westwood. This will also help with linebacker depth which the Bruins are in desperate need of, especially after the 2019 season.
Currently, UCLA has five seniors on the team, three of which are expected to start, so Chip Kelly and company have to load up on the LBs to have significant depth for the 2020 season.