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Bruins #1 in Rivals Recruiting Rankings

Who says all we do is bash Karl Dorrell on this site? Hey, let's talk about something good Karl has done, and that's early recruiting for 2008.

Rivals.com came out with their early 2008 recruiting rankings today, and UCLA was ranked #1 on their list:

   
 PROSPECT COMMITMENTS

 School TOTAL
Commits
Commits
Commits Avg Stars
Points
1 UCLA 21 0 13 7 3.57 1,985
2 Texas 20 0 11 8 3.50 1,846
3 Notre Dame 16 1 10 5 3.75 1,739
4 Oklahoma 15 3 5 6 3.67 1,619
5 Georgia 16 2 7 5 3.56 1,616
6 Florida State 12 2 6 4 3.83 1,388
7 Southern Cal 8 3 3 2 4.13 1,113
8 Ohio State 9 1 7 0 3.89 1,035
9 Texas A&M 18 0 4 10 3.00 886
10 Nebraska 10 1 4 4 3.50 877
11 Miami-FL 9 1 3 5 3.56 793
12 Michigan 8 0 6 2 3.75 781
13 Clemson 11 1 3 4 3.18 773
14 Alabama 10 0 5 3 3.30 665
15 LSU 9 0 3 6 3.33 532
16 Wisconsin 14 0 1 9 2.79 518
17 Ole Miss 15 0 1 7 2.60 407
18 Pittsburgh 7 1 1 3 3.14 370
19 Arizona 8 0 2 4 3.00 323
20 California 5 0 2 3 3.40 318
21 Penn State 4 0 2 2 3.50 284
22 Tennessee 7 0 1 5 3.00 274
23 Arkansas 7 0 1 4 2.86 246
24 Oklahoma State 12 0 0 5 2.42 245
25 Boston College 7 0 1 5 3.00 242

As you can see, UCLA has 21 commits so far (most of any school), including 13 that are rated 4 stars.

No doubt the sheer size of our class played a large part in our rank up to this point. The number of 4 star recruits is impressive, but the lack of any 5 star recruits will likely drop us out of the top spot once the final rankings come around (once other teams catch up in class size). I think it's also worth noting that average stars so far for 2008 (3.57) is actually lower (3.60) than in 2007, when we finished 35th. Still, it is likely that we will finish somewhere in the top 10, which will be KDs highest ranking so far.

For putting together an impressive early recruiting class so far, and their #1 ranking, I'll give kudos to KD (and his assistants, of course, who no doubt played a very large role in recruiting these players). Of course, none of this will mean anything if 1. we lose key recruits due to a lackluster performance in 2007, or 2. KD doesn't develop the talents he's recruited (assuming he's still around in 2008...yikes).

Go Bruins.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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