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UCLA Football Recruiting: 4-Star DE Elijah Wade Commits to the Bruins

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Wade has quickness and the ability to break up a play.

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UCLA added another defensive recruit this evening when 4-star defensive end Elijah Wade from Arbor View High School in Las Vegas announced his commitment to UCLA.

Wade will join his former high school teammate Greg Rogers in Westwood.

Wade announced his commitment on Twitter this evening.

Wade is 6’5” tall and weighs 240 pounds. What I find most impressive about Wade are his overall quickness and his ability to make the play. That comes in the form of being able to shed blocks, but it also comes in his ability to avoid getting blocked in the first place. Wade is frequently so quick that opposing linemen are just unable to get their block on him because, by the time they try to block him, Wade is already past the blocker and into the backfield to make a play. His junior season highlights from Hudl.com show this rather consistently.

After watching Wade’s reel, I’m really excited to see what Coach Kelly and staff are able to do with Wade, Rogers and Jaelan Phillips all on the defensive side of the ball for us. I think it gives us quite the potential upfront defensively to wreck havoc on opposing offenses and that’s something we’ve certainly been missing during the Mora years. Sure, we had Takkarist McKinley and Eddie Vanderdoes, but we just haven’t had a very strong pass rush and I think we have some building blocks in place to do that now.

Wade is the 18th recruit to commit to UCLA’s 2018 recruiting class and he’s the sixth commit since last Sunday and the fifth defender since then.

Here’s the updated list of the 2018 UCLA Football recruiting class.

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 247Sports.com.


Welcome to Westwood, Elijah!


Go Bruins!!!