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[Update x4] Coffee Is For Closers: Dietrich Riley Serves Up The Exclamation Point On UCLA's Amazing Signing Day

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Well it's official. Rick Neuheisel has topped last year's signing day with another blockbuster recruiting class. Here was the exclamation point from a ridiculous, surreal, amazing afternoon for the Bruin Nation:

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He is of course Dietrich Riley, the 4 star safety from Southern California who was a former Trojan commit, who punctuated an incredible day for Rick Neuheisel and UCLA Bruins. For all the talk of CRN just caring about offensive skill positions he has just brought into UCLA one of the most defensive minded athletic class in recent history.

Of course we will have lot more perspective on this. For now watching this video is all we need:

ALWAYS BE CLOSING. COFFEE IS FOR CLOSERS.

Congratulations to Coach Neuheisel, his staff and the entire program for an amazing signing day.

GO BRUINS.

 

UPDATE (N): Here is the updated here as more LOIs come in. We will leave the chart of signees at the end of the post and update as applicable. What a day. GO BRUINS.

UPDATE II (N): Gold has some very interesting info. on Shirley's flip:

I'm hearing from good sources that as soon as UCLA found out that Hayes Pullard was heading to USC, they put the full-court press on Josh Shirley. I'm told they basically sold Shirley on that spot.

I think that kind of anecdote only confirms the tenacity with which CRN is leading this program. It is already producing unimaginable results on the recruiting trail. His team is making progress in the W-L column. If he keeps improving on this season's record (especially get us a winning record in the Pac-10 next year), UCLA will be in position to do something special both on future signing days and late in the bowl season. That tenacity and competitive spirit will pay off. GO BRUINS.

UPDATE III (N): CRN in a celebratory mood:

What a terrific group of student-athletes, I'm proud to welcome these fantastic young men to our Bruin family.Its a great day to be a Bruin!

Indeed coach. GO BRUINS.

UPDATE IV (N): Riley and Shirley's LOIs are in per UCLA athletics. Official LOI number is at 22. GO BRUINS.

SIGNEES

Name Pos. High School Ht. Wt. Hometown
Anthony Barr ATH Loyola 6-4 225 Los Angeles, CA
Derrick Bryant DL Brookhaven 6-5 240 Columbus, OH
Sealii Epenesa DL Iolani 6-2 300 Honolulu, HI
Wesley Flowers DL Edison 6-5 253 Fresno, CA
Kody Innes OL Saguaro 6-5 273 Scottsdale, AZ
Jordon James RB Corona 5-10 190 Corona, CA
Anthony Jefferson DB Cathedral 6-2 180 Los Angeles, CA
Malcolm Jones RB Oaks Christian 6-1 220 Westlake Vilage, CA
Eric Kendricks LB Hoover 6-1 213 Fresno, CA
Cassius Marsh DL Oaks Christian 6-4 270 Westlake Village, CA
Tevin McDonald DB Edison 5-11 180 Fresno, CA
Owamagbe Odighizuwa DL Douglas 6-4 240 Portland, OR
Aramide Olaniyan LB Woodberry Forest 6-2 200 Woodberry Forest, VA
Paul Richardson WR Serra 6-1 175 Gardena, CA
Shaquille Richardson DB Los Alamitos 6-0 175 Los Alamitos, CA
Dietrich Riley ATH St. Francis 6-1 195 La Cañada, CA
Josh Shirley ATH Kaiser 6-3 220 Fontana, CA
Kip Smith K Legacy 6-1 205 Broomfield, CO
Chris Ward OL Mater Dei 6-5 300 Santa Ana, CA
Wade Yandall OL Carson 6-4 300 Carson, CA
John Young TE Loyola 6-4 250 Los Angeles, CA
Jordan Zumwalt LB Edison 6-4 217 Huntington Beach, CA