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UCLA Football Recruiting: JC LB Tyree Thompson Commits to the Bruins

Thompson became the second new Bruin yesterday when he committed last night.


And, UCLA Football’s 2018 recruiting class just keeps growing and growing!

It grew again last evening when JUCO LB Tyree Thompson became the 22nd recruit to commit to the UCLA Bruins.

Thompson is a local kid who played his high school football at Bishop Alemany in the Valley. Out of high school, he initially enrolled at Sacramento State, but later transferred to LA Valley College. At LA Valley last season, he made 51 tackles and had 1 sack.

It’s been an interesting six weeks for Thompson. He was offered by the North Texas on December 27th and committed to the Mean Green on January 4th, but an offer came in from Vanderbilt on December 29th and he decommitted from North Texas on January 6th and committed to the SEC school on January 7th.

When UCLA made him an offer yesterday, he immediately decommitted from Vanderbilt and committed to the Bruins.


The 6’3”, 235 lb. Thompson is ranked as the 10th best outside linebacker in the 2018 class. Watching his Hudl highlight reel which includes tape of his time at Sac State, Thompson appears to be pretty versatile. On one play he might be lined up as at middle linebacker while on another he might be lined up as a defensive end or outside linebacker.

But, one thing is certain: he is the kind of defender which makes offenses say, “Where’s number 8?” because that is the number he has worn until now.

Of course, Thompson will not be able to wear number 8 for the Bruins because that number has been retired in honor of Troy Aikman, but I’m sure Thompson can understand that. Something tells me he’s just glad to be staying in LA.

Here’s the full list of UCLA Football’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, Tyree!

Go Bruins!!