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UCLA Football Recruiting: 2018 Early Signing Period Begins Today

The first college football Early Signing Period begins today.

NCAA Football: UCLA-Head Coach Chip Kelly Press Conference
Chip Kelly should have a few reasons to smile over the next few days.
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It’s a great day to be a Bruin!

That’s because the 2018 Early Signing Period begins today!

As we pointed out yesterday, “College Football Christmas” has arrived early this year because a new Early Signing Period has been added and recruits can officially sign their National Letters of Intent today, instead of waiting until February.

Of course, some recruits will still opt to wait until February and it may turn out to be more than most experts are predicting. We won’t know for sure until the Early Signing Period closes on Friday.

It's one of the biggest days on the college football calendar as high school recruits are able to sign their national letters of intent and officially announce their college decisions.

After another rough football season in 2017, the Bruins are looking to regain their mojo under new head coach Chip Kelly and re-ignite the hopes of the UCLA fan base. The Bruins currently have a 12-member recruiting class. And, while that looks good, there are still a few guys who could opt to go elsewhere.

Two members of the class have already indicated that they do not plan to sign their NLIs until February. They are Olaijah Griffin, who Tennessee has been working hard to flip, and Abdul-Malik McClain, who Southern Cal has been working on flipping.

And, of course, Chip Kelly and staff are working hard to add to the class and there could be some surprises over the next two days, but I think those will likely still be more prevalent in February.

The UCLA Bruins' current commitment list looks like this.

2018 UCLA Football Recruiting Class

Recruit Name Position Current School Composite Rating NLI Submitted?
Recruit Name Position Current School Composite Rating NLI Submitted?
Bryan Addison ATH Junipero Serra (Gardena, CA) 4-Star Yes
Stephan Blaylock S St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) 4-Star Yes
Bo Calvert LB Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, CA) 4-Star Yes
Chase Cota WR South Medford (Medford, OR) 4-Star Yes
Kyle Philips WR San Marcos (San Marcos, CA) 4-Star Yes
Kazmeir Allen RB Tulare Union (Tulare, CA) 3-Star Yes
Alec Anderson OT Etiwanda (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) 3-Star Yes
Atonio Mafi DT Junipero Serra (San Mateo, CA) 3-Star Yes
Tyler Manoa DT St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) 4-Star No
Chris Murray OL Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) 4-Star No
Dorian Thompson-Robinson QB Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) 4-Star No
Elijah Wade DE Arbor View (Las Vegas, NV) 4-Star No
Matt Alaimo TE St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, NJ) 3-Star No
Je'Vari Anderson LB/DB Laney College (Oakland, CA) 3-Star No
Baraka Beckett OL Palisades (Pacific Palisades, CA) 3-Star No
Kenny Churchwell S Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, AZ) 3-Star No
Elisha Guidry DB Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA) 3-Star No
Delon Hurt WR Servite (Anaheim, CA) 3-Star No
Patrick Jolly, Jr. ATH Newsome (Lithia, FL) 3-Star No
Steven Mason DE Southwestern College (Chula Vista, CA) 3-Star No
CJ Parks WR Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) 3-Star No
David Priebe TE Midway (Waco, TX) 3-Star No
Tyree Thompson LB LA Valley College (Los Angeles, CA) 3-Star No
Composite Ratings are from

Join us today as we welcome all the new Bruins to Westwood!

Go Bruins!