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UCLA Football Recruiting: 3-Star TE Matt Alaimo Commits to the Bruins

The Bruins had to weather strong pushes from Texas A&M, Auburn, and latecomer Alabama to land the New Jersey prospect.


Earlier today, tight end prospect Matt Alaimo announced his commitment to the UCLA Bruins on Twitter.

Alaimo is a 3-star recruit via 247Sports’s composite rankings, and is listed as the #24 tight end in this class. Alaimo is a senior at New Jersey powerhouse St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, NJ.

Don’t let those rankings fool you, though! Alaimo was highly sought-after by a host of programs, with the Bruins having to outlast big programs like Texas A&M and long-time favorite Auburn to secure Alaimo’s commitment. In fact, new Aggie head coach Jimbo Fisher tried to get an in-home visit with Alaimo on Tuesday and college football superpower Alabama made a late charge at Alaimo, offering the tight end on Sunday and attempting to bring him in for an official visit this weekend.

Matt Alaimo is listed at 6’5” tall and 235 pounds. He is the kind of long, rangy athlete that so many teams covet. On top of that, his highlight videos show a player who doesn’t shy away from contact as there are a number of plays where he lowers his shoulder to gain an extra few yards or secure a touchdown. Plus, for fans of blocking, Alaimo appears to have excellent technique and is a willing blocker, which should be a positive in Chip Kelly’s run-first offense.

Here is his senior year highlight video, courtesy of Hudl.

With the commitment, the Bruins are up to 19 recruits in the 2018 class, with at least a few more on the way before this is over. Here’s where the entire recruiting class stands.

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

Welcome to Westwood, Matt!

Go Bruins!