Four-star defensive back Jaleel Wadood commits to UCLA

UCLA’s push up the recruiting rankings is picking up steam. The Bruins landed four-star defensive back Jaleel Wadood Tuesday morning, shoring up a secondary that just a season ago looked to be in dire straits.

Wadood is the seventh defensive back to join the 2014 class, picking the Bruins over USC after originally picking Cal this past summer. UCLA already added four players to its secondary in 2013, so a de-commitment or two wouldn’t be too surprising. Scout.com rates Wadood, Adarius Pickett and John Plattenburg as the four-star additions to the team’s defensive backfield.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior stars as both a wide receiver and free safety for Bosco, helping the team to its first CIF-SS title ever. The team enters the CIF Open Division playoffs on Saturday against Corona Centennial.

St. John Bosco coach Jason Negro called Wadood “the most dominant two-way player I’ve ever worked with.”

See the Long Beach Press-Telegram profile of Jaleel Wadood from November.

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  • Bruin 34

    Boom!

  • Jakub Ramir

    Thanks for the post JW. It’s nice to read a short piece on a recruit choosing UCLA instead of reading about one choosing not to come. This was the case when John Plattenburg committed and Justice Winslow did not yet JW got pub here.

  • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

    Another win for UCLA over USC.

  • commentar

    Jack Wang, you’re doing a great job on this blog. Keep up the good work!

    • Jakub Ramir

      I agree. I visit this blog everyday and enjoy the content. Big ups JW!

  • CaliGrown

    Would rather come here for Bruin bits instead of Bruinsnation, that’s for sure’

    • jameskatt

      I love Inside UCLA. I hate Bruinsnation.
      Inside UCLA has intelligent reporting and conversation. Bruinsnation has turd and body odor.

  • jameskatt

    Jalelle Wadood may work out best as a wide receiver. But having an additional 4-star defensive back is great. Excellent recruiting by UCLA. We’re sure to go up in the recruiting ranks.

    • commentar

      Mora’s looking for talented football players, not just position players. That’s been a characteristic of UCLA teams. Hundley can run and throw. Barr came in as offense, now one of the best at defense. Fuller as a QB, now a dependable WR. And some guy named Myles Jack…something something Heisman-in-2-years something…

  • William Sanderson

    nice to have Wadood coming to UCLA. I think he is better than even the four star rank. I think he’s a five star guy profiled poorly on paper; he plays big. Super versatile, too. Great pick-up. Welcome Wadood!

    NOTE to all recruits: never read “BruinsNation,” it is not a legit site. Meaning, it is not a pro-Bruin site! Half of it is fake, and it is impossible to tell if the writers are actually UCLA guys. Example: the site gave Mora and the entire football season an F yesterday, dec 11th 2013. Why? Because Mora is doing worse than former Coach Rick Neuheisel, or so it claims. IT’S NOT REAL! Stick with this site or gojoebruin