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UCLA Football Recruiting: Bruins Extend Scholarship Offers to 19 More

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On the first #8CLAP8TH, UCLA football extended scholarship offers to 19 more recruits, bringing their 2020 total up to 63 offers.

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Earlier this week, UCLA announced that they are going to implement a program called #8CLAP8TH where they will extend scholarship offers to a bunch of recruits on the 8th day of every month. This raised a lot of questions, probably more questions than it answered, but it did get everybody talking about UCLA’s offers yesterday.

Of course, UCLA is not allowed to publicly discuss a recruit. So, everyone is relying on recruiting to announce that they received an offer from the Bruins. But, in this day and age, an offer from one school usually results in offers from other schools. So, with a high-profile program like UCLA’s, recruits will almost definitely share the news of their offer.

So, let’s take a look at what UCLA has done to start to building the Bruins’ 2020 recruiting class to this point.

As best as I can tell, the Bruins extended 19 offers yesterday. The offers look to break down this way. Eight of the recruits are rated as four-star recruits while ten of them are rated as three-star recruits. One of the recruits, TJ Bass from Butte College in northern California, is unrated and was unrated before heading to that JC.

February 2019 UCLA Football #8CLAP8TH Recruiting Offers

Recruit Position Ranking Recruiting Class School (City, State) Committment
Recruit Position Ranking Recruiting Class School (City, State) Committment
Sam Adams II RB ★★★★ 2020 Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, WA) None
Jordan Botelho OLB ★★★★ 2020 St. Louis School (Honolulu, HI) None
Gary Bryant Jr. WR ★★★★ 2020 Centennial (Corona, CA) None
Ayden Hector CB ★★★★ 2020 Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, WA) None
Nathaniel Jones RB ★★★★ 2020 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) None
Latham Ransom S ★★★★ 2020 Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, AZ) None
Jamar Sekona DT ★★★★ 2020 Marin Catholic (Greenbrae, CA) None
Noah Sewell LB ★★★★ 2020 Orem (Orem, UT) None
Dejuan Butler CB ★★★ 2020 Antioch (Antioch, CA) None
Van Fillinger DE ★★★ 2020 Corner Canyon (Draper, UT) None
Ramon Henderson WR ★★★ 2020 Liberty (Bakersfield, CA) None
Nick Herbig LB ★★★ 2020 St. Louis School (Honolulu, HI) None
Jaylan Jeffers OT ★★★ 2020 Saguaro (Scottsdale, AZ) None
Trey Paster ATH ★★★ 2020 Buhach Colony (Atwater, CA) None
Tobin Phillips DT ★★★ 2020 San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, CA) None
Bodie Schoonover OLB ★★★ 2020 American Fork (American Fork, CA) BYU
Tuli Tuipulotu DE ★★★ 2020 Lawndale (Lawndale, CA) None
Jack Yary TE ★★★ 2020 Murrieta Valley (Murrieta, CA) None
TJ Bass OG 2020 Butte College (Oroville, CA) None
Rankings are 247Sports.com composite rankings (when available).

But, if we want a true picture of the state of the 2020 recruiting class at any point, we need to know what players have already been offered to this point.

So, I also compiled a list of other players who have been offered prior to yesterday’s recruiting event.

UCLA Football Recruiting Offers Extended Before February 2019

Recruit Position Ranking Recruiting Class School (City, State) Commitment
Recruit Position Ranking Recruiting Class School (City, State) Commitment
DJ Uiagalelei QB ★★★★★ 2020 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) None
Bryce Young QB ★★★★★ 2020 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) Southern Cal
Kendall Milton RB ★★★★★ 2020 Buchanan (Clovis, CA) None
Johnny Wilson WR ★★★★★ 2020 Calabasas (Calabasas, CA) None
Demond Demas WR ★★★★★ 2020 Tomball (Tomball, TX) Texas A&M
Darnell Washington TE ★★★★★ 2020 Desert Pines (Las Vegas, NV) None
Justin Flowe ILB ★★★★★ 2020 Upland (Upland, CA) None
Sav'ell Smalls OLB ★★★★★ 2020 Garfield (Seattle, WA) None
Elias Ricks CB ★★★★★ 2020 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) LSU
Kelee Ringo CB ★★★★★ 2020 Saguaro (Scottsdale, AZ) None
Fred Davis II CB ★★★★★ 2020 Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) None
Jack Miller QB ★★★★ 2020 Chaparral (Scottsdale, AZ) Ohio State
Parker McQuarrie QB ★★★★ 2020 St. Paul's School (Concord, NH) None
Ethan Garbers QB ★★★★ 2020 Corona Del Mar (Newport Beach, CA) None
Bijan Robinson RB ★★★★ 2020 Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, AZ) None
Jermaine Burton WR ★★★★ 2020 Calabasas (Calabasas, CA) None
Gee Scott Jr. WR ★★★★ 2020 Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, WA) Ohio State
Jalen McMillan WR ★★★★ 2020 San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, CA) None
John Humphreys WR ★★★★ 2020 Corona Del Mar (Newport Beach, CA) None
DJ Rogers TE ★★★★ 2020 Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, WA) None
Kevin Pyne OT ★★★★ 2020 Milford (Milford, MA) None
Andrew Gentry OT ★★★★ 2020 Columbine (Littleton, CO) None
Jake Wray OT ★★★★ 2020 Marietta (Marietta, GA) None
Myles Murao OG ★★★★ 2020 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) None
Geirean Hatchett OG ★★★★ 2020 Ferndale (Ferndale, WA) None
Jason Harris DE ★★★★ 2020 Higley (Gilbert, AZ) None
Xavier Carlton DE ★★★★ 2020 Modesto Christian (Modesto, CA) None
Aidan Keanaaina DT ★★★★ 2020 J.K. Mullen (Denver, CO) None
Kalel Mullings OLB ★★★★ 2020 Milton Academy (Milton, MA) None
Clark Phillips III CB ★★★★ 2020 La Habra (La Habra, CA) None
Darion Green-Warren CB ★★★★ 2020 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) Oklahoma
Brandon Jones CB ★★★★ 2020 Narbonne (Harbor City, CA) None
Jaden Navarrette ATH ★★★★ 2020 Norco (Norco, CA) None
T Lee ATH ★★★★ 2020 Buford (Buford, GA) ASU
Antonio Barber WR ★★★ 2020 Rock Hill (Rock Hill, SC) Tennessee
Mark Redman TE ★★★ 2020 Corona Del Mar (Newport Beach, CA) None
Ben Yurosek TE ★★★ 2020 Bakersfield Christian (Bakersfield, CA) None
Roger Rosengarten OT ★★★ 2020 Valor Christian (Littleton, CO) None
Tosh Baker OT ★★★ 2020 Pinnacle (Phoenix, AZ) None
Noah Nelson OT ★★★ 2020 Williams Field (Gilbert, AZ) None
Jeffrey Persi OT ★★★ 2020 J Serra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) None
Jackson LaDuke OLB ★★★ 2020 Spanish Springs (Sparks, NV) None
Caleb Jordan QB ★★★ 2020 Clackamas (Clackamas, OR) None
Leshaun Bell DE 2020 Westlake (Westlake Village, CA) None
Rankings are 247Sports.com composite rankings (when available).

Now, that we know to whom Chip Kelly and the Bruins have made offers, let’s break down some numbers on this because, frankly, that’s about all we can do right now.

UCLA Football Recruiting 2020 Offer Breakdown

Ranking Pre-February Offers February Offers Total
Ranking Pre-February Offers February Offers Total
★★★★★ 11 0 11
★★★★ 23 8 31
★★★ 9 10 19
★★ (or lower) 1 1 2
Total 44 19 63

The good news is that, in total, UCLA has already extended 63 offers to recruits. Given that UCLA had only extended 76 offers for the 2019 recruiting class by the first day of the Early Signing Period, this is a massive improvement. It would seem that the Bruins will blow that number out of the water in 2020. I think it’s possible at this point that UCLA will extend at least 150 to 175 offers between now and the start of the Early Signing Period in December.

For comparison, here, again, are the number of offers from a lot of your major programs as of the start of the Early Signing Period this past December.

So, in terms of sheer numbers, things seem better. Now, what about the quality of these offers? Well, that’s the other great news.

February not withstanding, most of the offers that have been extended so far have been made to blue chip recruits. In fact, 42 of the 63 offers are blue chip recruits. So, 67% of the offers UCLA has made are were made to blue chip recruits.

Of course, now comes the hard part.

UCLA needs to actually get these kids to sign and they need to do it in an approximate proportion to the offer distribution so far. If only a few of the 42 offered blue chip recruits decide they want to come to Westwood, there is a problem. But if at least half of the kids who ultimately decide to play for the Bruins are blue chip recruits, then things will definitely be moving in the right direction.

Unfortunately, no one who received an offer yesterday or before yesterday has stepped up yet and decided to commit to the Bruins, but, considering the 2019 recruiting cycle just wrapped up, I’m not too worried about that at this point.

As long as the coaching staff stays in contact with these kids on a regular basis, I have no doubt that the 2020 UCLA football recruiting class will be ranked a lot higher than the 2019 class.


Go Bruins!!!