UCLA Football and Chip Kelly continue to build their 2021 recruiting class, this time adding another big in-state prospect in wide receiver Ezavier Staples.
UCLA Football seems to have taken the initiative to focus on in-state talent when building recruiting classes.
In Chip Kelly’s first full recruiting class at UCLA, the Bruins have certainly focused on local talent. Last week, the Bruins got a commitment from in-state quarterback Kajiya Hollawayne, a three-star recruit.
This week, the Bruins added another in-state three-star recruit, Ezavier Staples. Staples, a wide receiver, is a Long Beach, California product. He is ranked as the number 63 wide receiver in the country, but held offers from schools such as BYU and Arizona State.
Staples and Hollawayne’s commitments coming in back-to-back weeks is big for the Bruins, as they are building momentum in the California recruiting hub. While Hollawayne’s path to starting is unclear, Staples should certainly be a difference-maker in Kelly’s offense.
As we are only in June, the 2021 recruiting has not come fully into form. The majority of the high ranking players are undecided, with Washington being the lone Pac-12 team with a five star commitment.
It’ll still be a matter of years before we can fully see what Kelly can do with his own talent, but early indictations are that he’s zoning in on the West coast for the majority of his recruiting.