UCLA could push for second straight top-10 recruiting class

Four-star tackle Kolton Miller’s commitment to UCLA on Tuesday night didn’t just add another big body (6-foot-8!) to a quickly improving offensive line. It may help put the Bruins into unprecedented territory — according to recruiting rankings, at least.

Through archives dating back to 2002, UCLA has not secured back-to-back classes ranked in the national top 10 by both of the main recruiting services.

With two weeks left until National Signing Day, the Bruins’ class is now ranked No. 17 in the country by Rivals.com and No. 18 by Scout.com. They currently have the highest-rated group of Pac-12 newcomers on Rivals.com’s list.

Auburn High linebacker Rashaan Evans, a five-star prospect, will also take an unofficial visit to UCLA on the final weekend before Feb. 5. (Evans’ family also refers to linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich as the defensive coordinator in the AL.com story, affirming a move that seems all but official.)

Land the blue-chipper, and UCLA will most likely have its second straight consensus top-10 recruiting class, as well as its third straight in the top 15. Scout.com rated the Bruins’ last two hauls third and 12th nationally, while Rivals.com had them at eighth and 13th.

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  • Go Bruinz

    Love it! #8clap #gobruins

  • Oz

    I might be a little late to the part, but I think, maybe, they might know what they’re doing.

  • LTEfan

    Powder blue jerseys in the photos, please. You know, the actual school color.

    • jameskatt

      Midnight Blue is now also an official Bruin Color.
      It is the adult UCLA color.
      UCLA is all grown up and will enter the big leagues.

      For football, it is far preferable to Baby Blue.
      We will land more recruits in Midnight Blue than Baby Blue.

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

        Love ‘em both.

    • facescar

      At least they have the classic font.

    • Ted

      It’s actually called “True Blue”

  • jameskatt

    Go Bruins!

  • Moises Rosiles

    let’s hope he’s got some nastiness in him to go along with that massive frame! #OLU

  • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

    No trolls? But with the Bruins about to–once again–own LA in recruiting, I guess the other guys have no words…. refreshing.

    • JayT

      No issues with it. USC won a majority of the head-to-head recruiting battles. SC could close with 3 or 4 5*s and the 2015 class will be a monster.

      • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

        SC has four schollies left to give. I doubt they land more than two 5s, while the Bruins should pick up at least that many, plus change in the form of more 3s and 4s. Interestingly, right now the “star ratings” of both classes are dead even–that is an area where SC has shined the past decade. It’s a good sign for UCLA to be be closing the “quality per player” gap.

        • JayT

          JuJu, Mama and A-Jax would make 3. Another “surprise” 5* may be visiting this weekend.

          • The EDGE

            It looks like Smith and Mama are locks for sc. I won’t stick my neck out on Jackson since he has Florida in his back pocket.

            I don’t see any 5* on the horizon for UCLA. I will take any top 10 for the respective position regardless of star ratings.

          • Timothy

            you don’t see any 5* on the horizon? obviously aren’t reading recruiting news then.

          • The EDGE

            That way I’ll be jubilant! I try to find “free” recruiting info daily 365 a year. Any recommendation?

          • Timothy

            Take a look at LB Evans from Alabama. He probably wouldn’t be paying his way to LA for an unofficial visit the weekend before signing day if he wasn’t seriously considering UCLA.

          • The EDGE

            Timothy that’s a great point about Evans paying to visit. Much appreciated.

          • The EDGE

            Timothy, I looked up R. Evans on BRO and it shows him at Mississippi on the 1/31 weekend. Oh well a long shot at best. I also looked up that weekends visitor list of 11. I didn’t see any 5* that look to be UCLA leans.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            DIXON?

          • Timothy

            what about him? you actually think he is going to USC?

      • Koa

        SC can have their 5* players. They just fired their 1* coach and hired a 2* coach. I am fine with Mora as our 5* coach and the talent he is recruiting.

        • ProbationU

          We are in the mix for several 5*..including Malachi Dupre and Rashaan Evans from SEC country. JuJu is now seriously looking at UCLA with Polamalu recruiting but will still be tough to pry him away from SC. Things are looking very strong with Budda Baker a 4*. Don’t forget, Myles Jack was a 3* by some ranking services and a 4* by others. He played like a 5*.

          • Timothy

            nobody really gives a crap about stars. It’s about having the most collective talent. Weren’t those two clown SC qbs (Wixler and Kiesler?) 4-stars? Wasn’t Hundley only a 4 star? Who cares. USC is back to a mid-tier pac 12 program at best.

          • JayT

            Sure thing.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            And just think, those qb clowns at SC accomplished the same thing your Heisman winner, haha, did….No So Title, No Pac 12 title, No BCS bowl, No Heisman, No Butkus, NO NOTHIN’ SC fans have no false hope that we are upper tier in the Pac 12, BUT neither are YOU. Only difference is SC is DOWN, ucla is UP and both are on par. Oh yeah, you won 2 games. Big deal. The national scene is more important and you can’t even crack the Top 10 even beating SC.

          • Timothy

            incorrect. UCLA was the team to beat this year in the Pac-12 South, and got beat by ASU. Kind of makes us upper tier pac-12. In 2014, UCLA will once again be the team to beat in the south (even more so), and perhaps the entire Pac-12. Finally, I don’t see how beating USC would propel a team into the top 10 — it was not that great of an accomplishment, even though destroying your rival always feels nice. Just like in basketball.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Oh PLEASE. You’re a joke. Have another Kool Aid. ucla did NOTHING this last season. Except pop off. All the yapping and you got the Lott Trophy. BIG DEAL. That’s why you’ll always be second to SC

          • Timothy

            right. nothing. except be ranked in the top 10 at one point, #16 at end of the year, and CLOCK usc.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Glad your happy with that. It’s nothing. Sun Bowl. Big Whoppp. Second rate. Clap On!

          • Timothy

            what a terrific season. pre-season top 10 here we come.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            FANTASTIC. Sun Bowl; Lott Trophy; beat a lousy SC team.
            FANTASTIC.

          • Erik Dudley

            Why are you so bitter, Joe? Your lack of game is showing. At least your lack of knowledge regarding the sport and the difficulty in getting any post season accolades. I am still waiting for an answer to my previous question. Since you claim to have balled for SC, who was your position coach. I am calling you out.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Call all you want. You won’t bully me. Stuff it.

          • Erik Dudley

            Not trying to bully you, Joe. That’s your role on this blog. You just made some claims that now you are unwilling to back up. I’m only wondering if we should take you very seriously anymore if that’s the bar of credibility you want to set.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            I don’t care how you take me. You won’t make me do anything.

          • Erik Dudley

            Of course I can’t make you do anything, Joe. Tell the truth, be a good sport, play well with others. None of those things.

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

          (After the last two humiliations endured at the hands of the Bruins, all the Trojans see are stars.)

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            3 out of 15? or something like that? Destroyed! Right.

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

            Non sequitur.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Don’t You Ever Talk About Me.

      • Timothy

        ROFLMFAO

      • Timothy

        also LMFAO at USC thinking bryce dixon is a solid commit.

        • JayT

          Who believes that? His signing was coming down to the wire no matter who he committed to at the game. USC hopes to seal with an in-home visit. If he does make it to Ucla, he likely flips.

          • Timothy

            USC thinks that. Ask any USC fan and they think he is sign, sealed, and delivered.

          • JayT

            Considering that I’m a USC fan, telling you what I see on multiple USC boards, you are incorrect.

          • Timothy

            conquest chronicles has him in the “solid” column

          • JayT

            No USC fans go to CC for recruiting news. In fact, the article you are referencing is the first post on that site by that specific author. Sorry, Bro.

          • Timothy

            ok, then we’ll just take the actual coach’s word for it that the guy is one of their more solid verbals.

          • Timothy

            and btw, LMFAO @ sark

          • JayT

            Dixon isn’t visiting Ucla and has canceled Mora Jr’s In-Home visit.

          • Timothy

            looks like they will have at least 3 or 4 decent recruits

  • Bruin 34

    I have an account at BRO and you guys would not believe some of the things they are reporting as possibilities. Fasten your seat belt and get ready for this crazy ride the next few weeks. Its gonna be monumental! Go Bruins!

    • The EDGE

      Bruin34 you’re such a tease, with the BRO subscription. Any “inside UCLA”?

      • Bruin 34

        Lol Edge. I’ve tried to post a few things from there but they wouldn’t let me post it here. Demetrius Knox is coming to visit with Evans and Dupre on the 31st. Kenny young looks like a lock. They are recruiting Ballage hard too. Also. Looks like Buddha Baker will chose UCLA to name a few. There may be a few silent commits as well. Mixon still isn’t out if the question.We are still in it as well for Quick,Smith, and Mama.

        • Bruin 34

          Also. Coaches told Evans in their in home visit that lasted 5 1/2 hours that they could possibly use him in a wildcat formation on.offense and they want him to fill the role that Anthony Barr did. They think he is that good. If we get Evans to go with Young and Whitley. OMG!

        • The EDGE

          Thanks Bruin34, that’s what I’ve looking for!

    • EncinitasBruin

      What’s your secret to not be banned while still retaining your huevos? I said something mildly displeasing to Tydides and he banished me forevermore.

      • Bruin 34

        Encinitas. Bruins nation is a joke for the most part. They only want posts agreeing with them or their agenda.

        • Timothy

          lol yes. I hope everyone realizes that literally the entire student athlete community at UCLA HATES those people.

      • jameskatt

        Agree. Bruinsnation is a cancer. It is the complete opposite of Jim Mora’s morals.

        • Bruin 34

          Agreed. And their takes are comical! Lol.

      • drakejr

        This is BRO not Bruinsnation. BRO is the Scout site. Quality info and quality posters. If you are really into following recruiting, it’s well worth the 10 bucks to follow for the next 2 months (there is a buy one get on free promotion).

        • EncinitasBruin

          My mistake. Yeah, I thought you were talking about BruinsNation. BRO actually is a really good site. Thanks for the head’s up on the discount right now.

        • daldigle

          I agree on BRO. For the info they give it was well worth the $10. I also agree with the comments about Bruins Nation, that group is terrible.

      • ProbationU

        Tydides has gotten me twice…he is a serious douche bag who knows about 1/3 of what he thinks he does. Worse than any Trojan that trolls this site. He is an embarrassment to the real Bruins Nation.

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

          Worse than any Trojan that trolls this site.

          And considering Joseph Way B. Lowe Normal, that’s saying something.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            I’m loyal bRuin

          • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

            so is your wife. she welcomes all bruins into your home while you’re standing in the EDD line.

            and when they leave, she says, “thanks for Coming!”

            buhhhhhhh-BAMMMM!!!!

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Better than what your wife says: Oink Oink Oink

          • Erik Dudley

            Hey Joe, Back to wife swapping again I see.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Just ask yours.

          • Erik Dudley

            C’mon Joe! You can do better than that. You disappoint me so lately. Just one regurgitation of your tired old song after another. Come up with something new for us since you want to be along for the ride. Don’t be so one note.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            I would but SHE keeps doing the same thing and at that point, I have a one track mind. Try to mix it up so she doesn’t have to come over here.

          • Erik Dudley

            Sad, Joe! Reminds me of our previous conversations and your hollow claim to a higher education (post-GED). Since you claimed earlier to have balled at SC, please remind us all of the position coach you played under.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Mr. Do Right, none of your business. I did tell your wife, ask her. Now go away and don’t bother me.

          • Erik Dudley

            As I expected then. Yet another tall tale from our serial fabricator. You lack complete credibility, Joe. You’re nothing more than a blowhard with weak takes. If you truly had played the game your posts would have more insight. As it is, it’s probably good you mask yourself in your pseudonym so as not to embarrass yourself more than you already have. Speaking of which, what happened to your old username? You lost all your post cred by changing it. Now you’re just a posting newbie like me.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Go away kid, you bother me. I don’t have to explain anything to you. My old user name go banned by Marc and guess what, Marc is now banned. So don’t mess with me, go away. You could be next.

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

            My old user name go banned

            “go banned”? Clearly, that hurt a bit.

            You know, Joe, if you were given to such fits of ugliness, you would be accepted here.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Not really NOBS got it too. It’s dumb to ban anybody as you can just come back…..as you have.

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

            By “accepted” I did not mean “not banned”; I meant “not despised.”

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Obviously, I don’t care what you think or say. You and your bruin Kool Aid drinkers are clowns anyway.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            P_ _ s off.

          • ProbationU

            At least JBL shows a sliver of humor from time to time…Tydides is a humorless p rick that calls himself a Bruin. He is a total joke. I was banned for disagreeing with him and then a week later one of their main guys wrote an article expressing the same opinion that I had been banned for. They are out of their effing minds.

          • RepuBruin

            Yep! Tydides is by far the worst! I seriously can’t recall him ever saying anything positive. As I read through the comments section over there I can always tell when Tydides will be making an appearance based on someone daring to post something counter to their dogma. And, invariably, up he pops to put him or her in their place.

            Gotta love Mora! Passionate! Knowledgeable! Positive! Charismatic! The man has all the ingredients we need to become permanent players on a national scene!

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

            You’re right about BN.

            I’m not sure that JWBLN would be any better if he had moderator privileges.

        • Idaho88

          Agreed! There are a few real morons on BN…makes me sick.

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

        (BRO, not BN?)

        • Timothy

          ROFLMFAO @BN. They are a HUGE joke.

  • Cliff Sakata

    This dude play basketball? We need him on the boards.

    • EncinitasBruin

      Haha. How very true… Oh, a rebound for my kingdom!

  • Bruin 34

    Also. Soloman Thomas was accepted to Stanford but still hadn’t committed. UCLA has a real shot with him too. But most feel he’s going to Furd.

    • Timothy

      also amusing how USC thinks that bryce dixon is solid USC.

  • Bruin 34

    Damien Mama tweeted Go Bruins. But they think. He was maybe just trolling. Lol.

  • EncinitasBruin

    I did. My error. Thought he meant BN.

    • Bruin 34

      No prob. I can try and give you guys as many updates as possible. I love sharing with y’all and the Bruin family.

  • CaliGrown

    Our recruiting is unbelievable. We all have a sense that January 31st weekend will be one for the books! Never have I looked forward to national signing day with this much anticipation and excitement!

    BTW: BRUINSNATION Sucks! They don’t deserve any respect for the crap they pull. Nestor and Tydides are jokes and are better off writing with TJ Simers.

    • Bruin 34

      Agreed bud. They lack common sense and how they let them run that site or represent the “Bruin Nation” is a complete shocker and mystery to me. On BRO they said they are amazed at how recruiting has completely changed since Mora took over. I was excited when he was hired and am proud that he is leading our program!

      • CaliGrown

        I couldn’t agree more 34. SB Nation needs to seriously consider replacing them with some new Bruin writers that will be honest n fair without sacrificing the image & integrity of the program and its fans.

        Mora, Klemm, & Ulbrich are a 3 headed monster in recruiting, coaching, & most of all leading. They’re getting guys to buy in to UCLA from Texas all the way Florida, the current hot bed of talent in SEC country. If next season is special like it can be the flood gates may open for kids to play College football in Blue n Gold’

        • Bruin 34

          Completely agree with you Cali. I find it appauling that the website is called “Bruins Nation” cause it sure as heck doesn’t reflect what i and most of my other fellow Bruin fans feel at all. They have no common sense or football intellect.

    • jabon

      I agree.

    • EncinitasBruin

      To be banned on BN is a sign of virility and sanity. I have been banned twice.

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

        Thrice, myself.

        • EncinitasBruin

          “You are a better man than me, Gunga Din.” Also, that looks like a 90mm Crusader Knight from Andrea Miniatures, yes? (I build and paint miniatures also–mostly 75mm and 90mm).

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

            I don’t know where the image comes from; I adopted it for its historical symbolism.

            Sounds like a cool hobby. Historical figures only?

        • Joseph B. Lowe

          What a shocker.

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

            What a shocker.

            That you’re on BN’s side isn’t one.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Guess your beer and tacos are finally kicking in

    • maze949

      I’m still waiting for Murshed to unleash the “scorched earth policy” he promised if Jim Mora was hired. haha Bunch of f’n idiots.

  • Bruin 34

    Dang! They keep blocking info I’m trying to post on here. I’ll just say that the 31st. may be the biggest day in UCLA football recruiting history. We have the last official and unofficial visit with “ELITE” recruits. Its gonna be huge!

    • EncinitasBruin

      It’s frustrating because Disqus has some sort of firewall that blocks the use of “competitor” website names, links, etc. Very frustrating.

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

        I’ve noticed that Disqus recognizes and automatically filters website addresses.

        If you type it in without the “http” and “.com,” etc. it will show (it just won’t be a link).

        For example:

        insidesocal . com/ucla/2014/01/21/ucla-could-push-for-second-straight-top-10-recruiting-class/#disqus_thread

  • Bruin 34

    Thomas may end up visiting they are reporting. Along with Dupre, Young, Evans, Godchaux, Ballage, and now 4 star Darrell Williams. Soft verbal to Lsu.

  • Bruin 34

    Listening to BRO podcast right now. They think we will get Quick when he visits and one chose Dupre to LSU. They also think if Evans visits like he is supposed to and if Knox visits. That they will both commit. Will post more updates in a bit.

    • Guest

      i feel like this information is for the people that pay for a bro subscription rather than the general public. kind of an uncouth move…

      • EncinitasBruin

        Uncouth that Bruin34 is sharing it? If that’s what you mean, I disagree. If you pay to go to Disneyland, and then tell people about your top 5 rides, is that also uncouth? Or tips on losing weight after working with a trainer for a year?

  • Bruin 34

    Baker and Rosen are visiting this weekend along with a few already committed prospects. Rosen has been talking Dupre and Mixon on twitter. Presumably to get them to join him at UCLA. There’s a possibility he could commit this weekend and get rolling what could be UCLA’s best recruiting class ever in 2015 with all of the talent out West next year. Go Bruins!

    • EncinitasBruin

      UCLA surging, SC sliding in recruiting ranks. Last week SC was ahead of the Bruins in two polling services–Riv*als and ES*PN. This week, with UCLA’s pick-up of Miller and Sharp, the Bruins are now ranked ahead of SC on Riv*als and Sco*ut:

      ES*PN – USC 22, UCLA 27
      Riv*als – UCLA 17, USC 31
      Sc*out – UCLA 20, USC 26

      • Cheap seats

        Why do you need the *asterisk? Does it flag the post if you mention those sites?

        • EncinitasBruin

          It’s weird. I tried to post this without the asterisks and it said the comment needed moderator’s approval. Threw those asterisks in and it posted…

  • Joseph B. Lowe

    What time will Dixon be at ucla today?

    • JayT

      He ain’t coming.