Mater Dei OL Chris Murray commits to UCLA

Mater Dei’s Chris Murray chose UCLA over Stanford and Notre Dame. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Mater Dei offensive lineman Chris Murray committed to UCLA on Saturday during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The four-star recruit chose the Bruins over Stanford and Notre Dame, saying on the NBC broadcast that he thought his athleticism would lend itself perfectly to head coach Chip Kelly’s system.

Murray is UCLA’s 11th known verbal commit for the class of 2018 and second offensive lineman, joining Etiwanda’s Alec Anderson. Eight players have already signed national letters of intent.

Here is a clip of Murray in a game against Bishop Gorman this year:

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UCLA links: Chip Kelly finds the right fit

New UCLA Head Football Coach Chip Kelly speaks during a press conference on the UCLA campus at Pauley Pavilion, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

UCLA didn’t sign any recruits Thursday, the second day of the early signing period, but head coach Chip Kelly is happy with the eight-man group he’s reeled in so far.

“All eight of them, I was really, really excited that we had a chance to get them, especially in this early period,” Kelly said Thursday. “It’s a great group, a great foundation to build upon.”

The eight early signees show the beginning of UCLA’s shift to Kelly’s system. Kelly wanted to get bigger on defense and signed a 360-pound nose tackle. He wanted an athletic linebacker who could run to the ball and flipped a four-star prospect from USC. He wanted to reload at the skill positions and signed a trio of four-star receivers.

More on Kelly’s reaction to the early signing period and how he pulled the group together in one month.

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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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