Thursday, February 3, 2011
UCLA recruiting wrap
By Ted Miller
The 2011 class
Recruits: 16, which includes three prep seniors already attending classes and a junior college player who signed his letter of intent in December and will enroll for the spring quarter.
Top prospects: The jewel of the class is Brett Hundley, who is widely regarded as the nation's best dual-threat QB. DT Kevin McReynolds was a nice late pickup, as was WR Devin Lucien. The Bruins also got offensive lineman Torian White, who announced he would sign with USC on Wednesday but changed his mind and honored his commitment to UCLA.
Needs met: The class included five offensive linemen, three linebackers, two defensive tackles, two quarterbacks, a receiver, a running back, a defensive end and a tight end. O-line, D-line and quarterback were the top three need areas and the class hit those.
Analysis: The Bruins' class was going to be small, numbers-wise, anyway, but the lack of star power here received negative national attention, particularly with cross-town rival USC surging, despite NCAA sanctions. Hundley is the only member of the ESPNU 150 in the class. The Bruins lost a number of signing-day battles, too, most notably DE Jalen Grimble (Miami) and LB Tony Steward (Clemson). And many of the battles they won weren't against top teams -- offensive lineman Will Oliver, for example, was committed to Sacramento State, and DT Brandon Tuliaupupu was lured away from Washington State. Part of the problem is the perception that coach Rick Neuheisel is on the hot seat. And the Norm Chow soap opera didn't help, as didn't the continuing void at defensive coordinator.
ESPN recruiting grade: C-