On the eve of National Signing Day, the U.C.L.A. Bruins have 2 players for the class of 2015 already on campus, and have another 15 players with verbal commitments. 247Sports currently ranks U.C.L.A. at the 15th best recruiting classin the country.
But there is room to grow...
The big news tomorrow will come from the remaining big name recruits that have U.C.L.A. as one of their finalists. Whether the Bruins get some or all or none of these players will have a huge bearing on the perception of the 2015 class and the outlook for Head Coach Jim Mora and his staff.
Let's take a look at the Bruin biggest remaining targets (in order of their announcement time) and see what the 247Sports Crystal Ball has to say about the Bruins chances.
Chris Clark, Tight End, Avon CT
Soso Jamabo, Running Back Plano Texas
Josh Wariboko, Offensive Line, Oklahoma City OK
Roquan Smith, Linebacker, Montezuma GA
Cordell Broadus, Wide Receiver, Las Vegas NV
JoJo Wicker, Defensive End, Long Beach CA
Nathan Meadors, Safety, San Bernardino
At this time last year, the Bruins were finalists for many of the nation's top recruits, many of whom were from out of state. Unfortunately, the Bruins came away nearly empty handed on NSD, getting only outstanding linebacker Kenny Young from Louisiana, but missing on all the rest. It left a bad taste on what was otherwise a pretty good recruiting class. But it was not the elite class Bruin fans hoped to see, and it opened up lots of questions on whether the coaching staff was putting too much priority on high profile but longshot recruits, especially players from out of state where distance from home was a tangible factor, and whether the coaching staff was really as good a recruiting staff as we thought.
The Bruins find themselves in an eerily similar situation this year, with a top 15 class featuring a couple of 5* players in Josh Rosen and Keisean Lucier-South, but which lacks the overall ranking to really inspire fans to see the Bruins stepping toward that elite category. However, if the Bruins can land the players that 247Sports is predicting, then this class can vault in the top 10 or even higher, and that may generate some real optimism among the Bruin fan base.
Nothing is set in stone until the LOI is signed and all kinds of things happen on the eve of NSD. We may get a flip from elsewhere. Some of our commits may flip themselves. What do you see happening tomorrow for U.C.L.A. and the recruiting class of 2015, and how do you think this coaching staff is performing on the recruiting trail?