Thursday, 08 February 2018 15:57

UCLA 2017-18 FOOTBALL SIGNEES

UCLA 2017-18 FOOTBALL SIGNEES

Twenty-seven outstanding high school seniors and junior college transfers have signed national letters of intent, grants in aid and/or offers of admission to UCLA in the two signing periods, Bruin head football coach Chip Kelly announced. Fourteen of the high school student-athletes attended school in the state of California, two in Nevada, two in Texas, one in Arizona, one in New Jersey, one in Florida, one in Tennessee, one in Oregon and one in Wisconsin.

            The class is ranked No. 18 byRivals.comnationally, No. 18 by 247 Sports and No. 19 nationally byESPN.com.

  • Ten earned at least a 247 Sports four-star ranking -- WR Bryan Addison, DB Stephan Blaylock, LB Bo Calvert, WR Chase Cota, WR Michael Ezeike, DL Tyler Manoa, OL Chris Murray, WR Kyle Philips, QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, LB Elijah Wade.
  • Nine of the new Bruins earned at least a four-star ranking fromRivals.com-- WR Bryan Addison, RB Kazmeir Allen, DB Stephan Blaylock, LB Bo Calvert, WR Chase Cota, WR Michael Ezeike, OL Chris Murray, QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, LB Elijah Wade.
  • Eight recruits are listed in 247 Sports National 247 list -- QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson-66, WR Bryan Addison-106, DL Tyler Manoa-108, WR Chase Cota-128, OL Chris Murray-157, DB-Stephan Blaylock-158, LB Bo Calvert-170, WR Kyle Philips-208.
  • Four recruits are inESPN High School 300 -- QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson-34, WR Bryan Addison-217, WR Kyle Philips-263, WR Chase Cota-294.
  • Seven recruits were named toRivals.com250 -- QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson-48, WR Bryan Addison-51, WR Chase Cota-110, WR Michael Ezeike-188, OL Chris Murray-223, LB Elijah Wade-226, LB Bo Calvert-234.

HIGH SCHOOL
Name                                               Pos.          Ht. Wt.      High School-Location

Names in italics were announced in December signing period                  
Bryan Addison                                WR            6-5, 185     Junipero Serra HS in Gardena, Calif.

Matt Alaimo                                    TE              6-4, 225     St. Joseph Regional HS in Montvale, N.J.        
Kazmeir Allen                                 RB             5-10, 185   Tulare Union HS in Tulare, Calif.      
Alec Anderson                                OL             6-5, 285     Etiwanda HS in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.    
Baraka Beckett                               OL             6-4, 271     Palisades Charter HS in Pacific Palisades, Calif.             
Stephan Blaylock                            DB             5-10, 185   St. John Bosco HS in Bellflower, Calif.             
Bo Calvert                                        LB              6-4, 220     Oaks Christian HS in Westlake Village, Calif. 
Kenny Churchwell                         DB             6-1, 190     Mountain Pointe HS in Phoenix, Ariz.             
                                               
Chase Cota                                      WR            6-4, 195     South Medford HS in Medford, Ore.
Michael Ezeike                               WR            6-4, 220     Colony HS in Ontario, Calif.                                               
Jon Gaines                                       OL             6-4, 272     Marquette University HS in Milwaukee, Wisc.             
Elisha Guidry                                   DB             5-11, 179   Vista Murrieta HS in Murrieta, Calif.                                               
Delon Hurt                                      WR            5-11, 185   Servite HS in Anaheim, Calif.            
Martell Irby                                     RB             5-9, 204     Morse HS in San Diego, Calif.           
Patrick Jolly, Jr.                               DB             6-0, 186     Newsome HS in Lithia, Fla.
Atonio Mafi                                     DL             6-4, 360     Junipero Serra HS in San Mateo, Calif.           
Tyler Manoa                                    DL             6-5, 285     St. Francis HS in Mountain View, Calif.                                                           
Chris Murray                                   OL             6-3, 290     Mater Dei HS in Santa Ana, Calif.     
Otito Ogbonnia                              DL             6-4, 303     James E. Taylor HS in Katy, Texas                    
Kyle Philips                                      WR            5-11, 176   San Marcos HS in San Marcos, Calif.                               
David Priebe                                   TE              6-6, 220     Midway HS in Waco, Texas                               
Dorian Thompson-Robinson        QB             6-2, 195     Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas, Nev.            
Elijah Wade                                     LB              6-4, 257     Arbor View HS in Las Vegas, Nev.    
Rayshad Williams                           DB             6-4, 179     Whitehaven HS in Memphis, Tenn. 

JUNIOR COLLEGE                          
Je’Vari Anderson                           LB              5-11, 229   Laney College in Oakland, Calif.       
Steven Mason                                 DL             6-8, 244     Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif.   
Tyree Thompson                            LB              6-2, 235     LA Valley College in Valley Glen, Calif.

Matt Alaimo – Tight End, St. Joseph Regional HS in Montvale, N.J., 6-4, 225
A three-star recruit according to 247 Sports,Rivals.comandESPN.com… 247’s No. 27 tight end in the nation and the No. 12 recruit in the state of New Jersey …Rivals.com’s No. 13 recruit in New Jersey and the No. 31 tight end in the nation …ESPN.com’s No. 19 tight end in the nation and the No. 19 prospect in the state of New Jersey … As a senior, he made 44 catches for 671 yards and seven touchdowns.

Baraka Beckett – Offensive Line, Palisades Charter HS in Pacific Palisades, Calif., 6-4, 271
247 Sports andESPN.comthree-star recruit … A two-star prospect according toRivals.com… 247’s No. 36 offensive guard in the nation; No. 98 recruit in the state of California … In his senior season, he was credited with 35 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.

Kenny Churchwell – Defensive Back, Mountain Pointe HS in Phoenix, Ariz., 6-1, 190
Three-star recruit according to 247 Sports,Rivals.comandESPN.com… 247’s No. 52 safety in the nation and the No. 9 recruit in the state of Arizona …Rivals.com’s No. 51 safety in the country …ESPN.com’s No. 48 safety prospect nationally and No. 13 recruit in Arizona … As a senior, he was credited with 65 tackles, 14 pass defenses and one interception … Caught three touchdown passes on offense … Made five interceptions as a junior and registered 73 tackles.

Michael Ezeike – Wide Receiver, Colony HS in Ontario, Calif., 6-4, 220
A four-star prospect according to 247 Sports,Rivals.comandESPN.com… 247’s No. 262-ranked national recruit, the No. 9 tight end prospect in the nation and the No. 40 recruit in the state of California …Rivals.com’s No. 35-rated wide receiver recruit in the nation and the No. 188 recruit in the nation …ESPN.com’s No. 39 prospect in the state of California … As a senior, he caught 50 passes for 960 yards and 15 touchdowns … Made 49 receptions for 764 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior.

Jon Gaines – Offensive Line, Marquette University HS in Milwaukee, Wisc., 6-4, 272
Three-star recruit according to 247 Sports and the No. 128 offensive tackle prospect in the nation … No. 10 recruit in the state of Wisconsin … Two-star prospect according toRivals.com… Named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State team for 2017 (honorable mention) … Chosen to the All-Greater Milwaukee Metro team in 2016.

Elisha Guidry – Defensive Back, Vista Murrieta HS in Murrieta, Calif., 5-11, 179
Three-star prospect according to 247 Sports,ESPN.comandRivals.com… 247’s No. 74 cornerback prospect in the nation and the No. 94 recruit in the state of California …ESPN.com’s No. 69 cornerback recruit nationally and the No. 85 prospect in the state of California … Son of Javelin Guidry who played defensive back at UCLA (1994-97) … His uncle, Paul Guidry played defensive back for UCLA from 1993-96.

Delon Hurt – Wide Receiver, Servite HS in Anaheim, Calif., 5-11, 185
Three-star prospect according to 247 Sports,Rivals.comandESPN.com… 247’s No. 52 recruit in the state of California and the No. 63 wide receiver prospect in the nation …ESPN.com’s No. 63-rated recruit in the state and the No. 123 wide receiver prospect in the nation …Rivals.com’s No. 57 recruit in the state of California and the No. 37 ‘Athlete’ in the nation … As a senior, he caught 59 passes for 909 yards and 11 touchdowns … Caught 61 passes for 845 yards and six touchdowns in his junior season.

Martell Irby – Running Back, Morse HS in San Diego, Calif., 5-9, 204
A three-star prospect according to 247 Sports,ESPN.comandRivals.comESPN.com’s No. 155 recruit in the state of California and the No. 104 running back in the nation … 247 Sports’ No. 82 recruit in the state of California and the No. 43 running back in the country …Rivals.com’s No. 100 recruit in California … Ran for 1,729 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior … On defense, he was credited with 34 tackles and made two interceptions.

Patrick Jolly, Jr. – Defensive Back, Newsome HS in Lithia, Fla., 6-0, 186
Three-star recruit according to 247 Sports,Rivals.comandESPN.com… 247’s No. 142 prospect in the state of Florida and the No. 75 ‘Athlete’ in the nation …ESPN.com’s No. 125-rated wide receiver prospect in the nation and the No. 109 prospect in Florida … As a senior, he rushed for 867 yards and 12 touchdowns and made 18 receptions for two more scores … Ran for 797 yards as a junior and nine touchdowns.

Tyler Manoa – Defensive Line, St. Francis HS in Mountain View, Calif., 6-5, 285
A four-star recruit according to 247 Sports and the No. 9 defensive tackle recruit in the nation, the No. 108 overall prospect in the country and the No. 14 recruit in the state of California …ESPN.comfour-star recruit and the No. 34 defensive tackle prospect in the country and No. 46 recruit in California …Rivals.comthree-star recruit and No. 76 recruit in California … As a senior, he was credited with 12 tackles, 3.5 TFLs … In his junior season, he made 39 tackles, 9.0 TFLs and 5.5 sacks … Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Chris Murray – Offensive Line, Mater Dei HS in Santa Ana, Calif.           
Four-star recruit according to 247 Sports,Rivals.comandESPN.comRivals.com’s No. 11 offensive guard prospect in the nation, No. 35 overall recruit in California and the No. 223 prospect in the nation … 247’s No. 29 California recruit, No. 232-rated national recruit and the No. 9 offensive guard in the nation …ESPN.com’s No. 22 offensive guard recruit and the No. 47 prospect in the state of California.

Otito Ogbonnia – Defensive Line, James E. Taylor HS in Katy, Texas, 6-4, 303
Three-star prospect according to 247 Sports,ESPN.comandRivals.com… 247’s No. 38 defensive tackle recruit in the country and the No. 86 recruit in the state of Texas …ESPN.com’s No. 44 defensive tackle prospect in the nation and No. 81 recruit in Texas … As a junior, he recorded 61 tackles and 10 tackles for loss.

David Priebe – Tight End, Midway HS in Waco, Texas, 6-6, 220
Three-star recruit according to 247 Sports,Rivals.comandESPN.com… 247’s No. 64 tight end prospect in the nation and the No. 187 recruit in the state of Texas …Rivals.com’s No. 38 tight end prospect nationally …ESPN.com’s No. 30 tight end recruit and the No. 194 prospect in Texas … As a senior, he made 15 catches for 183 yards and three touchdowns … In his junior season, he made 12 catches for 143 yards.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson – Quarterback, Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas, Nev., 6-2, 195
Four-star recruit according to 247 Sports and listed as the No. 66 player in the nation …ESPN.com’s four-star recruit and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the nation and No. 34 on the ESPN National 300 List …Rivals.com’s four-star prospect and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation … No. 48 prospect on the Rivals 250 national list … In his senior year, he completed 176 of 256 passing attempts (.688) for 3,275 yards and 38 touchdowns with three interceptions … He also rushed for 426 yards and seven touchdowns … As a junior, he threw three touchdown passes and ran for six scores … Also caught 22 passes for 397 yards and eight touchdowns … Selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.

Elijah Wade – Linebacker, Arbor View HS in Las Vegas, Nevada, 6-4, 257
Listed as a four-star recruit by 247 Sports,ESPN.com and Rivals.com… 247’s No. 5 recruit in the state of Nevada and No. 18 weakside defensive end in the country …ESPN.com’s No. 30 defensive end prospect in the nation …Rivals.com’s No. 11 weakside defensive end recruit and the No. 226 recruit in the nation … As a senior, he was credited with 49 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss and four sacks … In his junior season, he recorded 34 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss.

Rayshad Williams – Defensive Back, Whitehaven HS in Memphis, Tenn., 6-4, 179
Three-star recruit according to 247 Sports,Rivals.comandESPN.com… 247’s No. 28 recruit in the state of Tennessee and the No. 85 cornerback prospect in the nation …Rivals.com’s No. 17 recruit in Tennessee and the No. 46 cornerback recruit in the nation …ESPN.com’s No. 24 recruit in the state and the No. 53 cornerback recruit in the nation … As a senior, he was credited with 64 tackles, four for loss and made six interceptions … Totaled 44 tackles as a junior and made three interceptions.

Junior College Transfer

Je’Vari Anderson – Linebacker, Laney College in Oakland, Calif., 5-11,229
A three-star recruit according to 247 Sports andESPN.com… 247 Sports’ No. 4 safety prospect and the No. 8 recruit in the state …ESPN.com’s No. 9 safety recruit … Played on a Laney College defense which allowed 14 points or less in six games last season … Credited with 17 tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, one interception and four pass defenses last season … Attended De La Salle HS in Concord, Calif.

Steven Mason – Defensive Line, Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., 6-8, 244
Three-star recruit according to 247 Sports … Played in six games and was credited with 22 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season at Southwestern College … Attended Torrey Pines HS in San Diego, Calif.

Tyree Thompson – Linebacker, LA Valley College in Valley Glen, Calif., 6-2, 235
247 Sports three-star recruit … Ranked as the No. 3 inside linebacker and No. 18 recruit in California … Played at LA Valley College in 2017 … Saw action in 10 games and was credited with 51 tackles and 11 tackles for loss … Attended Sacramento State in 2015 and 2016 … Played in nine games in the 2016 season and made one start … Had seven tackles and a sack vs. Western Oregon … Redshirted in 2015 … Graduated in 2015 from Bishop Alemany HS in Mission Hills, Calif.

Bios of Players announced in December

Bryan Addison – Wide Receiver, Junipero Serra HS in Gardena, Calif., 6-5, 185
Listed as a four-star recruit by 247 Sports,ESPN.com and Rivals.com… 247’s No. 10 recruit in the state of California and No. 3 Athlete in the country …ESPN.com’s No. 20-ranked Athlete, No. 23 recruit in the state of California and No. 217 on the ESPN 300 National List …Rivals.com No. 7 recruit in the state and No. 51 recruit in the nation … Selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game … As a senior, he caught 46 passes for 582 yards and nine touchdowns … On defense, he was credited with 44 tackles and five interceptions … Made 53 tackles as a junior with three interceptions.

Kazmeir Allen – Running Back, Tulare Union HS in Tulare, Calif., 5-10, 185
Listed as a four-star recruit byRivals.com and a three-star by 247 Sports and ESPN.com… 247 Sports’ No. 50 recruit in the state of California and No. 9 all-purpose back in the country …Rivals.com’s No. 43 recruit in the state … Has broken the California High School scoring record with over 70 touchdowns scored his senior season … Has rushed for over 3,300 yards and scored 62 touchdowns, while adding 9 touchdowns on 29 receptions for over 800 yards as a senior … Returned 11 kickoffs for a 41.5-yard average this season … Rushed for over a 1,000-yards in each of his junior (34 TDs) and sophomore (13 TDs) seasons.

Alec Anderson – Offensive Line, Etiwanda HS in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 6-5, 285
Listed as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports,ESPN.comandRivals.com… 247’s No. 85 recruit in the state of California and No. 72 offensive tackle prospect in the country …Rivals.com’s No. 78 recruit in the state of California.

Stephan Blaylock– Defensive Back, St. John Bosco HS in Bellflower, Calif., 5-10, 185
Listed as a four-star prospect b yRivals.com and as the No. 26 cornerback recruit in the nation and No. 38 overall recruit in the state of California … 247 Sports’ No. 33 prospect in the state of California and a four-star recruit … No. 158 recruit in the nation according to 247 Sports …ESPN.com four-star recruit and No. 24 safety prospect in the nation … Registered 40 tackles and two interceptions in his senior year … As a junior, he was credited with 54 tackles, 6.0 TFL, two interceptions and one fumble caused … Returned one interception for a touchdown.

Bo Calvert – Linebacker, Oaks Christian HS in Westlake Village, Calif., 6-4, 220
A four-star prospect according to 247 Sports,ESPN.com and Rivals.com… 247 Sports’ No. 31 recruit in the state of California and the nation’s No. 18 outside linebacker …ESPN.com’s No. 34 recruit in California and the nation’s No. 31 defensive end …Rivals.com’s No. 34 California recruit and the No. 17 outside linebacker prospect in the country … Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Credited with 37 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and four sacks as a senior … As a junior, he registered 61 tackles and seven tackles for loss.

Chase Cota – Wide Receiver, South Medford HS in Medford, Ore., 6-4, 195
Listed as a four-star recruit by 247 Sports,ESPN.com and Rivals.com… 247 Sports’ No. 2 recruit in the state of Oregon and No. 27 wide receiver in the country … No. 294 on the ESPN National 300 list and No. 47 wide receiver in the nation …Rivals.com No. 21 wide receiver in the nation … Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … As a senior, he caught 37 passes for 654 yards and 11 touchdowns … Ran for 120 yards on 17 carries and also had two interceptions while playing on defense.

Atonio Mafi – Defensive Line, Junipero Serra HS in San Mateo, Calif., 6-4, 360
A three-star recruit according to 247 Sports,ESPN.com andRivals.comESPN.com’s No. 129 recruit in the state of California and the No. 92 offensive guard in the nation … 247 Sports’ No. 161 prospect in California and the No. 65 offensive guard in the nation.

Kyle Philips– Wide Receiver, San Marcos HS in San Marcos, Calif., 5-11, 176
Listed as a four-star recruit byESPN.com and 247 Sports … Three-star prospect according to Rivals.com… 247’s No. 43-rated recruit in the state of California and the No. 208 recruit in the nation …Rivals.com’s No. 63 recruit in the state … No. 263 on the ESPN 300 national list … In his senior year, he made 59 receptions for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns … As a junior, he caught 65 passes for 909 yards and 11 touchdowns … As a sophomore, he made 54 catches for 757 yards and seven touchdowns … Also has returned kicks.

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