UCLA enters National Signing Day eyeing a few more commits

Darnay Holmes is expected to sign with UCLA on Wednesday. Photo by John McCoy//L.A. Daily News

Darnay Holmes is expected to sign with UCLA on Wednesday. Photo by John McCoy//L.A. Daily News

It’s almost here.

National Signing Day is less than 12 hours away. UCLA has two five-star recruits already and a plethora of defensive backs, but is still in the running for a few more players.

Here’s a full list of the 20 commits heading into Signing Day. Below are some names to watch out for Wednesday and how they might fit in with this recruiting class:

  • RB Stephen CarrUPDATE: Carr, as anticipated, stuck with his USC commitment. Carr is a definite don’t-count-on-it for Wednesday. He would be UCLA’s last hope at a running back in this class.
  • LB Levi Jones —  UPDATE: Jones picks USC. The four-star linebacker from Westlake (Texas) is slated to announce his decision live on ESPN U at 5 a.m. PT. He’s choosing between Florida, Florida State, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC. UCLA only has one linebacker in this class in Rahyme Johnson, but lost three key seniors from the group in Jayon Brown, Cameron Judge and Isaako Savaiinaea.
  • WR DeAndre McNealUPDATE: McNeal tells 247 Sports that he’s picking Florida Atlantic. The junior college transfer recently received an offer from Missouri, which could complicate his decision. He was seen as a likely UCLA commit out of Fullerton College. The Bruins don’t have any receivers in this class, but also did not graduate any from last year’s team.
  • DE Cassius Peat — The one-time UCLA commit wavered when he went back to Michigan State for a visit, so it’s very possible he’ll be returning to East Lansing and spurning UCLA twice in his recruiting career after he passed on the Bruins out of high school too.
  • LB Mohamed SanogoUPDATE: Sanogo picks Ole Miss. UCLA is in Sanogo’s top three, along with Mississippi State and Ole Miss. He’s another four-star linebacker from Texas, and won the overall MVP for Team USA in the North American Championships. He’ll announce his commitment at 6 a.m. PT.
  • OL Stephan ZabieUPDATE: Zabie picks UCLA. Zabie will announce his decision alongside high-school teammate Jones at 5 a.m. PT. He’s also considering Texas and Ole Miss. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound four-star would be one of UCLA’s top-rated offensive lineman on this class, alongside Kanan Ray. UCLA had a big need at offensive line after last season and has four linemen committed heading into Signing Day.
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UCLA holds off ASU for OL commit Sean Seawards

With less than 24 hours until National Signing Day, the Bruins picked up another offensive line commit in Sean Seawards.

The recruiting process heated up quickly toward the end for the 6-foot-3, 315-pound offensive lineman. In the matter of a two days, Seawards visited UCLA, backed off his Boise State commitment and received an offer from Arizona State. He then announced his commitment to UCLA on Twitter on Tuesday and he’ll join fellow Saguaro (Ariz.) product Jax Wacaser in Westwood.

Seawards is UCLA’s fourth offensive lineman in the class of 2017. He’s an important addition to the class after the Bruins lost Jaxson Kirkland to Washington. Counting three walk-ons, UCLA has 20 verbal commits before Wednesday’s Signing Day.

Here’s an updated look at the situation.

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UCLA grabs early 2019 defensive back commit

UCLA hasn’t quite sewn up its 2017 class yet, but the Bruins have a very early commit for the class of 2019.

St. John Bosco defensive back Chris Steele announced a commitment to UCLA on Monday, two days before the Bruins are set to sign their 2017 class. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back just finished his sophomore season at St. John Bosco with 81 total tackles and one interception, according to Max Preps.

While Steele acknowledged that his pledge is very early, so it can be taken with many grains of salt, he has old ties to UCLA. He wrote on Twitter about his former youth football coach Bruce Walker, a former UCLA defensive lineman who introduced Steele to the Bruins.

Steele’s sophomore highlights:

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4-star ATH Connor Wedington commits to Stanford over UCLA

After visiting UCLA last weekend, four-star athlete Connor Wedington made his commitment official and pledged to Stanford.

Wedington broke his commitment to Washington, his in-state school, soon after receiving an offer from Stanford. The recruit from Sumner (Wash.) picked the Cardinal over UCLA, UW and Notre Dame.

The Bruins have 19 total commits for the class of 2017. Here’s an updated look at the recruiting situation with two days left until National Signing Day.

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Final push until National Signing Day

UCLA football head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

UCLA football head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

With half-a-week left until National Signing Day, there are a few last-minute changes for UCLA’s recruiting class too keep track of:

RB Stephen Carr

  • The five-star running back and longtime USC pledge took an official visit to UCLA this past weekend, but is not expected to back off his commitment to the Trojans.
  • UCLA has no running backs in its 2017 recruiting class at this point

ATH Connor Wedington

  • The four-star athlete took an official visit to UCLA this past weekend and told Scout that he’s considering Baylor, UCLA, Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington.
  • Before his official visit, he got an in-home visit from UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin, as well as Stanford running back coach Lance Taylor.
  • The recruit from Sumner (Wash.) backed off his UW pledge in December after Stanford offered him.

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