It’s been a pretty quiet month for football recruiting. Sure, the UCLA Bruins landed Chris Murray at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but, since then, there hasn’t been much news.
That changed this afternoon when 3-star ATH Patrick Jolly, Jr. announced his commitment to UCLA Football on Twitter.
Jolly is 6’1” tall and weighs 177 pounds. He is currently a student at Newsome High School in Lithia, Florida, outside of Tampa. He ran a 4.57-second 40-yard dash at the Nike Opening event in Orlando last February.
Jolly had committed to UCF at the end of June over USF, North Carolina, West Virginia, Toledo and Iowa State, but he decommitted from Central Florida on December 21st. Since then, he was offered by UMass earlier this month and had visited Toledo last weekend.
According to Corey Bender of 247Sports, Jolly will play cornerback for the Bruins.
#UCLA reels in a commitment from Florida-based ATH, Patrick Jolly, who will suit up at CB. Submitted a @247CrystalBall in favor of the #Bruins earlier this week.https://t.co/IdX71ayF73 https://t.co/6gRniBp66X— Corey Bender (@Corey_Bender) January 21, 2018
That’s kind of interesting because Jolly’s Hudl.com highlight videos seem to show him a lot more on offense than on defense. In fact, all of his senior year highlights show him only on offense. The first defensive clip I could find comes at the 1:42 mark of his junior year highlights. There is at least one more defensive clip in those highlights.
On the other hand, Jolly’s senior season highlights only show him on offense.
Defensively, he does seem to have a good nose for the ball, but it’s a little hard to tell since most of the plays included in these two videos are on either offense or special teams. Offensively, Jolly appears to be elusive despite his size.
At the very least, it would seem that UCLA is getting a pretty good athlete who could end up playing on either side of the the ball with Jolly.
Welcome to Westwood, Patrick!