A few weeks ago, when we started analyzing the 2019 UCLA football recruiting class, there seemed to be a lot of Bruin fans who wanted to believe that the class was the result of Chip Kelly not recruiting blue chip recruits and, instead, recruiting “his type of players” so he could build the team with his guys.
It was an interesting, but flawed argument because it was based on the assumption that Kelly did not offer all that many blue chip recruits as part of the 2019 recruiting class.
After this month’s #8CLAP8TH event, I recapped not just the offers UCLA made on the 8th of February but also all of the offers made prior to February in order to present the most accurate snapshot of the 2020 recruiting class at this point. In one of my comments to that article, I wrote:
I could have gone back, and may still go back, to look at who was being recruited for 2019. I think that if the 2019 scholarship offers have a similar breakdown to the 2020 offers we have a very serious problem on our hands.
Given the fact that Bruins Nation hasn’t spent really any time until now looking at offerees, I decided that, in order for all of us to have the most accurate picture of the 2019 recruiting class, we do need to know who was offered and how many offers were made to recruits who were 5-star recruits, 4-star recruits and 3-star recruits because, if you’re like me, you probably didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to recruits being offered.
Heck, if I didn’t care about who was being offered because UCLA always seemed to have recruiting success under Jim Mora, then I’m not surprised if our readers weren’t following along either.
So, let’s take a few minutes to look at all of the offers UCLA football extended for the 2019 recruiting class.
2019 UCLA Football Recruiting Offers
|Bru McCoy||ATH||★★★★★||Southern Cal/Texas|
|Ryan Hilinski||QB||★★★★||South Carolina|
|Kyle Ford||WR||★★★★||Southern Cal|
|Jameson Williams||WR||★★★★||Ohio State|
|Kam Brown||WR||★★★★||Texas A&M|
|Drake London||WR||★★★★||Southern Cal|
|Jude Wolfe||TE||★★★★||Southern Cal|
|Jason Rodriguez||OT||★★★★||Southern Cal|
|Enokk Vimahi||OG||★★★★||Ohio State|
|Isaiah Foskey||DE||★★★★||Notre Dame|
|Maninoa Tufono||ILB||★★★★||Southern Cal|
|Andre White||ILB||★★★★||Texas A&M|
|Eugene Asante||OLB||★★★★||North Carolina|
|Kuony Deng||OLB||★★★★||UC Berkeley|
|Casey Kline||ATH||★★★★||Boise State|
|Kenan Christon||RB||★★★||Southern Cal|
|Khyheem Waleed||WR||★★★||Boise State|
|Tervon Clark||WR||★★★||UC Berkeley|
|Ethan Rae||TE||★★★||Southern Cal|
|Kyle Patterson||TE||★★★||Air Force|
|Cole Birmingham||OT||★★★||Oregon State|
|Nick Figueroa||DE||★★★||Southern Cal|
|Joseph Darkwa||DT||★★★||Penn State|
|Ralen Goforth||OLB||★★★||Southern Cal|
|Orin Patu||OLB||★★★||UC Berkeley|
|Tuasivi Nomura||OLB||★★★||Southern Cal|
|Peni Naulu||OLB||★★★||Washington State|
|Kenyon Reed||ATH||★★★||Kansas State|
In total, UCLA offered 90 recruits, which is a little bit better than 76, which is what had been tweeted by The Athletic’s Max Olsen on the first day of the Early Signing Period. Here’s how those 90 offers breakdown by recruit ranking:
UCLA Football Recruiting 2019 Offer Breakdown
|Ranking||2019 Recruiting Class Offers|
|Ranking||2019 Recruiting Class Offers|
With those numbers, we can now compare the rankings of UCLA’s signees to the rankings of UCLA’s offers. These numbers clearly expose the fallacy that some have used to justify their bullish view of the 2019 recruiting class by saying that Chip was just going after his type of player. Of the offers UCLA made to 2019 recruits, 47.8% of them were made to blue chip recruits. For those just joining the conversation, a blue chip recruit is one who is ranked as either a 5-star recruit or a 4-star recruit.
Meanwhile, only one of UCLA’s twenty 2019 signees was a blue chip recruit. That’s just 5.0% of the 2019 signees. It had been 5.26%, but Sitiveni Kaufusi lowered the percentage slightly when he signed last week.
Another way to look at this is that UCLA offered 43 blue chip recruits for the 2019 class. Of those 43 offers, just one—Sean Rhyan—signed with the Bruins. That’s 2.3% of the blue chip recruits that Chip Kelly offered.
So, trying to spin the 2019 recruiting class as being “Chip’s guys” doesn’t really fly here. There really isn’t much of an excuse of signing 2.3% of the blue chip recruits you targeted, but that’s what happened here.
As I’ve written on several occasions this month, that’s a Dorrellian class, no matter how you look at it with only one exception. That exception, of course, is if you are one of the few out there who don’t believe in player rankings whatsoever. In that case, you may not be ready to rank this year’s class for four more years.
But, by then, UCLA will almost certainly have a new athletic director and, quite possibly, a new football coach if Chip Kelly doesn’t start signing significantly more blue chip recruits in the 2020 recruiting class.