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UCLA Football Recruiting: Bruins Get Commitment from JC Transfer DE Steven Mason

UCLA added another JC transfer when defensive end Steven Mason committed to the Bruins.


Yesterday, UCLA picked up the 20th commitment to the 2018 recruiting class when defensive end Steven Mason from Southwestern College in Chula Vista. Mason just completed his freshman year at Southwestern.

Mason announced his commitment on Twitter yesterday, but, if you weren’t paying careful attention, you may have missed it as it wasn’t clear he was committing until he added “#committed” to his tweet.

In six games with Southwestern this past season, Mason made 22 tackles and 7 tackles for loss. He also had 4.5 sacks.

Mason is 6’8” tall and weighs 250 pounds. According to his profile, Mason runs a 4.88 40-yard dash and a 4.3-second shuttle. He bench presses 295 pounds while squatting 410 pounds and deadlifting 425. Let’s look at his freshman year highlights from Hudl.

What’s clear from watching his highlight reel is that Mason is able to get off of his blocker and penetrate into the backfield. He seems to have some quickness as evidenced by his ability on at least one occasion to run down a scrambling quarterback on the opposite side of the field.

But, what really stood out was how Southwestern used his height on special teams to block multiple field goal attempts and I hope new special teams coach Roy Manning utilizes Mason’s height to defend field goal attempts this season.

As I mentioned earlier, he is now the 20th commitment to the 2018 recruiting class, which just a few weeks ago was hurting somewhat from a lack of quantity, but not a lack of quality. It now looks like quantity is not going to be a problem when the recruiting class is finalized on National Signing Day next Wednesday.

Here’s the current list of UCLA’s 2018 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

Welcome to Westwood, Steven!

Go Bruins!!!