Early signing period Day 1: UCLA signs eight

UCLA’s signees who inked National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. (Photos courtesy UCLA Football/Instagram)

In one month on the job, Chip Kelly cleaned out a dozen verbal commits and started to restock the cupboard with the No. 1 athlete in the country and three prospects from other Pac-12 schools.

But it’s only the beginning for Kelly.

The new UCLA head coach signed his first recruits Wednesday, inking eight players to National Letters of Intent. All but one are from California, five are four-star prospects, according to 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, and three are three-stars.

Despite locking in the beginnings of a talented group, the Bruins were outside the top-25 of all of the major recruiting service’s national rankings at around 6 p.m. Saturday night. They lost two four-star prospects, one who flipped to rival USC on Wednesday.

Who UCLA signed Wednesday:

A full wrap-up of the first day of the early signing period for UCLA.

And here’s our early signing period live chat. All updates until Friday can be found there so it may be a good page to bookmark if you’re interested.

The Pac-12 Network’s Yogi Roth breaks down some of UCLA’s early signees:

  • MPPBruin

    It shouldn’t be too surprising that there are some flips during a coaching change. I know that if I were an athlete I’d open up my recruiting too until I built a relationship with the current coach. It will all work out in the end.

  • keptycho

    I think coach Kelly wants his kind of player for his scheme. I am confident he knows what he is doing. During the final signing period in February, we will be pleasantly surprised.

  • Sandy Underpants

    Who flips from one school to the rival at the last minute? I mean, who does that?!!

    • jameskatt

      Maybe USC paid them off.