Not tremendously surprising, but UCLA offensive line coach was named FoxSports/Scout.com’s Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year today. His efforts in reeling in seven offensive linemen — all of whom — laid the foundation for what the site ranks as the nation’s No. 5 class.
Klemm signed the top-ranked offensive tackle in California, Arizona and Tennessee and also landed a four-star lineman from Texas, and put together the second-ranked offensive line class in the country while also being one of the point men on four-star receiver Eldridge Massington from Texas.
UCLA signed eight offensive linemen in 2004, but this year’s haul knocks that one out of the water. The Bruins also had that many in 2004, but only one received four-star ranking from Scout.com. All but two members of Klemm’s group have four stars.
Lane Kiffin’s brother, Chris, received national Recruiter of the Year honors for his work at Ole Miss — reeling in defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the overall No. 1 prospect, and the nation’s No. 10 class despite the program being just two years removed from a 2-10 season. This is mildly amusing considering the recent attrition of USC’s class.
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As of 5:45 p.m., UCLA’s 2013 class is ranked No. 4 and 9 on Scout and Rivals, respectively. USC sits at No. 17 and 13, marking the first time the Bruins are ahead in both rankings since 2002.
Here’s the full list of the commitments. You can find profiles of each player on our full Signing Day page. Five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes announced his decision to go to Notre Dame.
R = Rivals.com | S = Scout.com | p = position | n = national | EE = early enrollee
WR Eldridge Massington — R: 4 stars, 35 (p), 249 (n) — S: 4 stars, 27 (p) — EE
P Sean Covington — R: 3 stars, 3 (p) — S: 2 stars, NA
OLB Deon Hollins — R: 4 stars, 18 (p), 206 (n) — S: 4 stars, 21 (p)
OG Caleb Benenoch — R: 4 stars, 23 (p) — S: 4 stars, 11 (p)
S Tahaan Goodman — R: 4 stars, 9 (p), 80 (n) — S: 4 stars, 7 (p)
CB Johnny Johnson — R: 4 stars, 13 (p), 169 (n) — S: 4 stars, 8 (p)
S Tyler Foreman — R: 4 stars, 24 (p) — S: 4 stars, 8 (p)
OT Kenny Lacy — R: 4 stars, 23 (p) — S: 4 stars, 18 (p)
WR Darren Andrews — R: 3 stars, NA — S: 3 stars, 111 (p)
OG John Lopez — R: 4 stars, 12 (p), 191 (n) — S: 3 stars, 29 (p)
OLB Jayon Brown — R: 3 stars, NA — S: 3 stars, 87 (p)
DT Kenneth Clark — R: 4 stars, 24 (p) — S: 4 stars, 20 (p)
DE Kylie Fitts — R: 4 stars, 9 (p), 121 (n) — S: 4 stars, 12 (p) — EE (spring quarter)
ATH/RB Jalen Ortiz — R: 3 stars, 27 (p, ATH) — S: 4 stars, 66 (p, RB)
OT Poasi Moala — R: 4 stars, 23 (p) — S: 4 stars, 11 (p)
TE Thomas Duarte — R: 4 stars, 29 (p, WR), 229 (n) — S: 4 stars, 8 (p, TE)
QB Asiantii Woulard — R: 4 stars, 5 (p, 2-threat QB), 141 (n) — S: 4 stars, 34 (p, QB)
C Scott Quessenberry — R: 3 stars, 5 (p) — S: 3 stars, 7 (p)
OT Christian Morris — R: 4 stars, 10 (p), 128 (n) — S: 4 stars, 20 (p)
ILB Isaac Savaiinaea — R: 3 stars, 44 (p) — S: 4 stars, 3 (p)
OG Alex Redmond — R: 4 stars, 17 (p) — S: 4 stars, 14 (p)
OLB Myles Jack — R: 4 stars, 16 (p), 199 (n) — S: 4 stars, 4 (p)
LB Cameron Judge — R: 3 stars, 41 (p) — S: 4 stars, 20 (p)
Four-star DB Priest Willis won’t sign his letter of intent today because his mother is out of town, but verbally reaffirmed his commitment to UCLA. Four-star RB Craig Lee is unable to sign right now due to academics (per Rivals/Scout). ATH/DB Mossi Johnson will grayshirt, so isn’t officially counted yet as part of this class.
As most expected, four-star defensive end Kylie Fitts committed to UCLA Tuesday night, giving the Bruins an early start to what they hope will be an eventful Signing Day on Wednesday. Fitts will enroll for the spring quarter and arrive on campus April 1. He had originally committed to USC before the school told him he couldn’t enroll early.
Will he have more motivation against the Trojans in the future?
“To be honest, probably,” Fitts said. “I respect all the coaches. I think they’re a great school. But something inside me is going to push me a little harder in that game.”
Here’s the video of his press conference from the Riverside Press-Enterprise. He starts talking at the 30-minute mark after a lot of dead time. Continue reading
Here are some Signing Day announcement times for prospective UCLA commitments.
OL Christian Morris — 9 a.m. PT
LB Isaac Savaiinaea — 9 a.m. PT
QB Asiantii Woulard — 9:30 a.m. PT (ESPNU)
LB Myles Jack — 1 p.m. PT
LB Cameron Judge — 3 p.m. PT (FoxSportsWest)
DT Eddie Vanderdoes — 5 p.m. PT
Morris and Judge might flip to Ole Miss and ASU, respectively, while Vanderdoes is the big fish everyone is chasing. Woulard, Savaiinaea and Jack seem like safe bets for UCLA.
— Kurt Bruich (@CoachBruich) February 5, 2013
Defensive end Kylie Fitts was originally slated to make his announcement on Signing Day, but it looks like he wants to get the news out a little earlier. Fitts, who decommitted from the Trojans after they wouldn’t let him enroll early, took an unofficial to USC on Sunday after a trip to Utah. Notre Dame is in the picture as well, but eight Rivals.com and two Scout.com analysts unanimously have him going to UCLA.
Here’s a quick profile of the four-star lineman. Continue reading
UCLA’s recruiting class is ranked No. 6 in the country by Scout.com and No. 9 by Rivals.com, just the second time since 2002 that the school has landed in the top 10 on both lists. Can the Bruins make a push for the top five? Here’s a quick look at some of the top remaining targets.
QB Asiantii Woulard: 6-3, 205 — Rivals: 4*, Scout: 4* — UCLA was a latecomer to Woulard’s recruitment, but the dual-threat quarterback thoroughly enjoyed his visit to Westwood. He will announce on ESPNU next Wednesday, but all signs point to a cross-country trip for the Florida standout. His father had said that Clemson and UCLA were the frontrunners; the Tigers backed off his recruitment recently, with head coach Dabo Swinney cancelling an in-home visit.
DT Eddie Vanderdoes: 6-3, 310 — Rivals: 5*, Scout: 5* — One of the most highly recruited players in the country, Vanderdoes will announce his decision at 5 p.m. on Signing Day at Placer High. UCLA seems Continue reading
Tomorrow at 7pm at Marcos de Niza in the gym I will announce where I will be playing. come if you like it will be televised and streamed !
— Priest Willis Jr. (@pwillisjr3) January 23, 2013
Elite defensive back Priest Willis will announce his college decision Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT. The press conference will take place at Marcos De Niza High in Tempe, Ariz., with UCLA being the presumptive favorite over LSU. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect is rated a four-star safety by Rivals.com and a five-star cornerback by Scout.com.
Willis was on campus with four-star safety Tahaan Goodman this past weekend, which bodes well for the Bruins’ chance at getting the Rancho Cucamonga prospect too. Goodman originally planned to visit LSU.
UPDATE: Goodman will also announce tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. In less than 24 hours, UCLA’s top-10 class could vault past USC’s on both Scout.com and Rivals.com for the first time since 2002, when the Bruins landed Marcedes Lewis. UCLA is currently No. 9 and 10 on Scout and Rivals, while the Trojans are No. 10 and 7, respectively.