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UCLA signed four-star DE Breland Brandt.

Los Angeles native Brandt wasted no time committing to the Bruins, as he notified the world that he wanted to play for UCLA in October of 2014. That stood true over a year later, when he signed his letter of intent. ESPN 300 (where he ranks 215th) believes that the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder could contribute as either a defensive end or tight end at the collegiate level. Expect Brandt to open on defense, though. ESPN's scouting department writes that he "needs to add size and will likely develop in more of a hybrid DE/OLB. Prospect with some good raw tools, but more a developmental prospect at this stage that needs to fine his fit."
Source: ESPN 300
Feb 9 - 9:03 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah praised the ability of UCLA WR/TE Thomas Duarte, who has been overlooked in the receiver group so far.

"I see some Jordan Reed type burst, quickness and ball skills.," Jeremiah tweeted about the junior receiver who somewhat surprisingly declared early for the 2016 NFL Draft. Duarte never eclipsed 1,000 yards in a season for UCLA and posted just three games over 100 receiving yards during his final season. The 6-foot-3 225-pound receiver could get looks as a passing focused tight end and excels in the open areas of the field.
Feb 9 - 10:35 AM

Pro Football Focus analyst Kevin Connaghan included UCLA RB Paul Perkins among his favorite Pac-12 players in this draft pool.

"Perkins graded positively in all [but] one game [in 2015]," Connaghan wrote, adding, "That transformation [from an up-and-down 2014] is borne out statistically." Among the stats that the PFF analyst cites, 3.6 yards averaged after contact from the 5-foot-11, 198-pounder, plus he forced 86 missed tackles. Those numbers blow away what he did two seasons ago. In those same categories as a redshirt sophomore, he averaged 2.9 yards after contact and forced just 41 missed tackles.
Feb 8 - 5:47 PM

UCLA signed four-star RB Damian Alloway.

Alloway's a four-star running back in a class that's somewhat devoid of RB's and QB's, so it's a nice signature for UCLA. He took a visit to Notre Dame, but ultimately sided with the Bruins in late January before sending his NLI over on National Signing Day. The 5-foot-9, 167-pound baby Bruin played his high school ball at Summit High School in Fantana, California. He's both quick and fast, with ESPN 300 noting that Alloway is "an elusive playmaker with a versatile offensive skill set a future offensive coordinator can get creative with to exploit mismatches. A hybrid type that can motion in an out of the backfield and be a weapon in the return game." All that being said, he's not a power runner in the least and his lack of physicality could eventually land him in a specialist's role at the collegiate level.
Feb 8 - 5:22 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Kevin Connaghan notes that UCLA DT Kenny Clark "developed into a more complete defender [this season]."

"The Bruins powerful Kenny Clark had a fine season," Connaghan writes, "and is one of the best defensive tackle prospects in this class. Outstanding against the run, Clark had the fifth-highest run defense grade among interior defensive linemen in 2014." The 6-foot-3, 308-pound UCLA product had already built himself up as a run-destroying defender, but in 2015, he also showed promise as a pass-rusher. He recorded 73 total tackles (10.5 for loss) and 5.5 sacks. In his previous two seasons, combined, he had registered just one sack.
Feb 8 - 12:36 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Kevin Connaghan called UCLA LB Myles Jack "[a] terrific athlete" with "rare cover skills for the position."

Because Jack missed most of the 2015 campaign after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, Connaghan fell back to his 2014 production, specifically citing a contest between UCLA and USC. Wrote the analyst, "[The Bruins] were willing to use Jack as part of their coverage plan against future first-rounder, WR Nelson Agholor. Agholor finished the game with two catches for 19 yards, neither of which came when covered by Jack." Medical reports will be key for his draft position, but he's viewed as a borderline Top-10 pick and could hear his name called earlier than at No. 10 if a team falls in love with him.
Feb 7 - 4:56 PM

UCLA signed four-star LB Krystopher Barnes.

The Bruins finished with the second-best recruiting haul in the Pac-12 on National Signing Day per Rivals' metrics, where they ranked No. 11. They would have secured the strongest in the conference had it not been for USC's late run. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Barnes is one of nine baby Bruins to crack the ESPN 300 (he checks in at No. 191). Said ESPN 300 notes that he "would benefit from not leaving his feet as much but drives through and limits second efforts. [He's] developing more power from his hips at this stage but will still pop ball carriers and drive them back."
Feb 7 - 4:27 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell observed that UCLA five-star LB Mique Juarez is "athletic enough to play right away on defense."

Farrell wrote, "UCLA needs the next Myles Jack and might have found him in Juarez, who is athletic enough to play right away on defense and could see spot time at running back like Jack because he’s a beast with the ball in his hands." All of this adds up to the Rivals analyst pegging him as his "Instant Impact" player from the 2016 class. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder ranks a strong No. 9 on the outlet's Top-250.
Source: rivals.com
Feb 6 - 4:14 PM

Four-star DT Boss Tagaloa committed to UCLA.

He ranks No. 95 in the ESPN300. "Tagaloa comes from a successful HS program. He plays on both sides of the ball and could very easily gain interest and develop as an offensive guard, but interest, at least initially, will likely come on the defensive side of the ball where his power, toughness and ability can make him a very good college DT and focus on one side of the ball should just enhance his development," ESPN noted. Tagaloa boasts an excellent bull rush, blending burst and power.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 4:35 PM

Five-star LB Mique Juarez signed with UCLA.

Juarez is the first five-star recruit the Bruins have nabbed during the 2016 cycle. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder's already drawing comparisons to Myles Jack, which strikes us as a bit premature. That aside, Scout.com believes he has the potential to be an impact player from the jump. "He's an extremely physical player," notes the outlet, "who loves to hit and plays with a ton of emotion." In the ESPN 300, he ranks 30th, while Scout's got him all the way up to nine. Regardless of the ranking number you apply to him, he figures to see the field early in his career.
Feb 3 - 3:44 PM

ESPN analyst KC Joyner says UCLA won't miss Paul Perkins since freshman RB Soso Jamabo may ultimately prove to be an upgrade.

A four-star 2015 recruit, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Jamabo bested Perkins in yards per carry (6.1), yards per carry after contact (3.1) and percentage of five-plus (43.9 percent) and 10-plus yard runs (21.2 percent). "Jamabo also showcased superb open-field skills in the passing game on a 36-yard gain against Nebraska in the 2015 Foster Farms Bowl," Joyner wrote. "Add Nate Starks as a backup (320 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns on only 50 carries last season), and it means the Bruins' ground game should not take a step back this season."
Feb 3 - 2:59 PM

Four-star LB Lokeni Toailoa signed with UCLA in March.

Toailoa went above merely committing, inking a deal with the Bruins last spring. The 6-foot-1, 212-pound linebacking prospect calls Rialto, California, home, which explains why the vast majority of the interest last year came from western squads like Boise State and Arizona State. He's not yet adept at working in man-to-man coverage, but ESPN 300 (which ranks him at No. 112) loves how he tackles, calling Toailoa an "explosive, collision tackler who closes with burst."
Feb 1 - 9:21 PM

Per CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang, UCLA WR Jordan Payton "struggled to generate much separation from the North's cornerbacks [during the Senior Bowl practice week], in part because he lacks ideal speed."

Rang was very harsh in his assessment of athletically-gifted Alabama RB Kenyan Drake due to gaffes in blocking and such. He took the opposite stance on Payton, writing that the wideout "proved a polar opposite of Drake, catching the ball well and showing effort as a blocker but simply lacking the juice to scare defenders." Rang wants to see a bit more oomph out of him come the NFL Combine, though how much a player can improve their 40-time in the span of a month is questionable, at best. The 6-foot-1, 213-pound wideout caught 75 passes for 1,068 yards and four touchdowns during his senior campaign with the Bruins in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 30 - 1:44 PM

An NFC executive said he "wouldn't get cute" with UCLA LB Myles Jack.

"I would stick him at WILL and just let him be a free running chaser. He has the speed to get to everything and his cover talent will set him apart," the executive said. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Jack No. 2 overall in the draft class. "Upper echelon explosiveness with the desire, speed and aggression to find his way into play after play," Zierlein wrote. "While UCLA asked Jack to do a little bit of everything, an NFL team is more likely to simplify his tasks and set him into attack mode to maximize his outstanding physical traits. If he bounces back from the knee injury, Jack could become a high-­end talent early on in his career."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 26 - 11:37 AM

Texas graduate C Jake Raulerson transferred to UCLA.

Raulerson is eligible to play immediately in 2016 as a grad transfer. Upon deciding to leave Charlie Strong's Longhorns, Raulerson also considered Michigan, Oregon and Stanfordas destinations. He started four games at center and one at guard in 2014 and appeared in eight games this past season.
Jan 25 - 6:57 PM


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