DL Baraka Beckett commits to UCLA

Pacific Palisades defensive lineman Baraka Beckett committed to UCLA on Sunday, pushing Chip Kelly’s 2018 recruiting class to 12 total prospects with three weeks left until National Signing Day.

Beckett is a lightly recruited defensive tackle who was previously committed to Hawaii. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound prospect is a two-star recruit, according to 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, and had other offers from Army, Columbia, Cornell, Idaho, UC Davis and UNLV.

Although UCLA has only one defensive lineman in this recruiting class, Beckett told 247 Sports Kelly offered him as an offensive lineman, an even more urgent position of need for the Bruins who are losing three starters this season.

Etiwanda High offensive tackle Alec Anderson signed his National Letter of Intent during December’s early signing period and Mater Dei four-star offensive lineman Chris Murray is on board with a verbal commitment he announced during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this month.

Here are Baraka’s senior season highlights:

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  • Ed Garrett

    probaly related to the bestest preznint ever,

    • cmwilliamsd

      Another spectacular intelligent post from ED. Just AMAZING, how do you do it.

  • UCLA Dynasty

    Seems like a reach but in Chip we trust.

  • FightOn!

    Chip will teach this 1* how to eat…

    • 88 Straight

      At SC they have to teach then how to read. Usually, the first word they learn is “allegedly.”

      • FightOn!

        Maybe you can “teach then how to read”…

        • 88 Straight

          No. I would have to teach them how to type on an iPhone. Some have lots of dexterity from jumping off balconies or entering hotels with guns to recover their memorabilia…..allegedly.

  • Sandy Underpants

    Did they join the 4 horsemen? This will be the best version of the Horsemen since Paul Roma died.

  • DPJeebruin365

    Look at the schools that offered him. Either Ivy League or smaller ball programs who HAVE to find diamonds in the rough. Looks like Coach found a super smart diamond in the rough. Tells me a ton that Coach offered him. Congrats Baraka! Welcome to Westwood!

  • Jethro G Sabbath

    Why the photo of Beckett standing next to a garden gnome?

    • j metaphor

      You can taste the fear, can’t you Jethro?

      • Jethro G Sabbath

        Nope