UCLA fans will want to tune in to ESPNU on Signing Day.
The network has locked down commitment announcements for nearly all of the Bruins’ remaining targets, setting up what could be a program-altering day. UCLA already has a solid 2015 class that includes No. 1 quarterback Josh Rosen — who enrolled earlier this month — but getting the signatures of a few more stars next Wednesday will push it to one of the best in the country.
Here’s a look:
DeChaun Holiday, CB, 6-2/207, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills
Rating: Four stars, No. 76 national / 11 position (Scout) … No. 102 national (Rivals)
Announcement: Feb. 1
Finalists: Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Washington
Latest: Regarded as a strong UCLA lean, Holiday is the only Bruin recruit left whose announcement won’t be televised on Signing Day. He’s a big athlete who could shore up UCLA’s secondary immediately. The defensive backfield was inconsistent in 2014, and could use a shutdown corner.
Chris Clark, TE, 6-5/253, Avon (Conn.) Old Farms School
Rating: Five stars, No. 23 national / 1 position (Scout) … Four stars, No. 79 / 1 position (Rivals)
Announcement: 5:30 a.m. PT, ESPNU
Finalists: Michigan, UCLA
Latest: Clark visited UCLA last weekend, but that still left Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh with plenty of time to make a push. The former 49ers and Stanford has a history of developing tight ends, and made an in-home visit to Clark on Wednesday. This race could go down to the wire, but the Bruins offer a better situation with Rosen already enrolled.
Sotonye Jamabo, RB, 6-2/201, Plano (Texas) West
Rating: Five stars, No. 18 national / 1 position (Scout) … No. 22 / 4 (Rivals)
Announcement: 6 a.m. PT, ESPNU
Finalists: Texas, UCLA
Latest: Top dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray opted to stick with Texas A&M rather than flipping to Texas, which takes a bit of the steam out of the Longhorns’ recruitment. Still, trying to wrangle Jamabo out of his home state against local pressure won’t be a gimme. Continue reading