Head coach Chip Kelly talks about the eight players UCLA signed during the early signing period so far, how he handled the transition from taking the job to the recruiting season and what his next steps are.
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:
- WR Kyle Philips
- OL Alec Anderson
- LB Bo Calvert
- WR Chase Cota
- RB Kazmeir Allen
- DT Atonio Mafi
- DB/WR Bryan Addison
- S Stephan Blaylock
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:
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) December 21, 2017
The first pieces of Chip Kelly‘s recruiting class can sign binding National Letters of Intent this week during a 72-hour early signing period and the Bruins got rolling early Wednesday morning. Here is the live chat for the December signing period, which last until Friday. Many prospects are also waiting to sign their NLIs in February.