The UCLA Bruins secured a big-time commitment just hours after former starting tackle Jake Burton announced his transfer destination. Three-star guard Noah Pulealii pledged his allegiance to Justin Frye, Ethan Young and the rest of the Bruins staff after a solid recruiting process saw him receive nearly 20 scholarship offers.
Pulealii is the nation’s 22nd-ranked guard prospect and 47th-ranked player in the state of California, according to 247Sports.
“The opportunity to not only live out the dream of so many kids to play football at the next level, but also to take some weight off of my parents after raising six kids to the absolute best of their ability is beyond amazing,” Pulealii wrote. “I want to thank my parents for always being so supportive in everything I do.”
Pulealii went forward to thank his current coaches, past coaches, trainers, friends and other family members before announcing his decision.
“With all of this being said, I am extremely happy to announce that I am committed to the University of California, Los Angeles!! #GoBruins”
He projects as a Day 3 NFL draft pick already and draws comparisons from former Oklahoma standout, current Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman, Dru Samia.
Pulealii plays right tackle and can play that spot or slide inside as an athletic guard in college. Bullies defenders, with drive blocking skills and strong initial punch, while also quickly getting to the second level. Shows good flexibility and natural bend, with superb feet that he consistently keeps churning. Plays with a strong anchor and has good functional strength and uses his hands well.
He received his UCLA offer in May and pulled the trigger on his commitment not three months later. UCLA beats out multiple other Pac-12 schools for the Palma High School standout, including Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Utah and Washington State as well as Oklahoma and Florida as two big Power-5 schools who had also offered him.
Thin at guard already, Paulealii should absolutely be a factor in the offensive line depth on the interior moving forward.
Welcome to Westwood, Noah!