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:

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Live updates: Chip Kelly signs first recruits during early signing period

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.

 

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What to watch for during the early signing period

Mater Dei’s Andrew Faoliu, left, pursues Bishop Gorman’s quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson in Santa Ana on Friday, September 1, 2017. Thompson-Robinson is a UCLA commit. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Chip Kelly will sign his first official recruits as UCLA’s head coach this week, but just how many prospects will put pen to paper during the sport’s first-ever early signing period?

The Bruins have 12 known verbal commitments for the class of 2018 so far. Some are wavering and will delay their signings. Others are ready to make it official and send in their national letters of intent this week. Here’s some of what to watch for this week with UCLA’s recruiting class:

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Aaron Maldonado decommits from UCLA

With one day before the early signing period, Bishop Amat defensive lineman Aaron Maldonado announced his decommitment from UCLA on Tuesday, writing that the new coaching staff said the two-time Mission League Defensive MVP “wouldn’t fit in their defensive scheme.”

Maldonado was UCLA’s longest-held verbal commitment as he pledged to the Bruins in March. He is a three-star prospect, according to 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, and also has offers from Cal, BYU and Boise State.

“I know I will find a new home,” Maldonado wrote on Twitter.

UCLA has 12 verbal commitments remaining with the early signing period set to begin Wednesday. Many recruits could choose to delay their signings until February, however. The group is currently ranked 18th in the country and third in the Pac-12.

A list of UCLA’s known verbal commits as of Tuesday evening:

  • WR Kyle Phillips
  • QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson
  • S Stephan Blaylock
  • CB Olaijah Griffin
  • WR CJ Parks
  • DE Abdul-Malik McClain
  • WR Jahan Dotson
  • RB Kazmeir Allen
  • OL Alec Anderson
  • WR/DB Bryan Addison
  • WR Chase Cota
  • LB Bo Calvert
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Linebacker Bo Calvert flips from USC to UCLA

Chip Kelly‘s staff plucked a recruit from rival USC on Monday as four-star outside linebacker Bo Calvert flipped from the Trojans to UCLA.

Calvert had been committed to USC since April 6, but went on an official visit to Westwood last weekend. He also had offers from Nebraska, Utah and Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-4, 209-pound linebacker from Oaks Christian is a four-star prospect according to 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings and a U.S. Army All-American. He broke his leg in October and missed the remainder of the season.

He is UCLA’s 13th known commitment for the 2018 class and can sign as early as Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. UCLA doesn’t have any other linebackers committed for this class so far and only signed one, Rahyme Johnson, last year.

Here are some of Calvert’s highlights from this year:

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