Name: Torian White
Position: Offensive Tackle
Rank: 41(S) / N/R(R) / 110(E)
Positional Need: 8/10
Well, that was fun.
White, a soft verbal to UCLA for months, originally committed to USC today on live television, only to reverse course and sign with the Bruins later in the day. Apparently, White was sold on UCLA for the duration but took the advice of some family members who favored USC. They saw his disappointment and told him to follow his heart.
UCLA is lucky he did.
With White, the Bruins class moves ever more slightly to respectability, though the group is still ranked seventh in the Pac-10. White is still somewhat of a project because he missed all of his junior year and really blew up on the camp circuit, but there is a lot to like.
White could benefit from a redshirt year to improve his upper-body strength and technique, but he could end up being a solid complement to Xavier Su’a-Filo, when he returns.
Immediate Impact: 1/10 – White should and will likely redshirt, so unless he has a Wade Yandall-type summer and just blows coaches away, I’d expect him on scout team.
Overall Impact: 7/10 – UCLA proved over the last few years that offensive line depth is crucial, and while White does not project as an all-conference-type talent, he has a very high ceiling.