Commitment Analysis: OL Fred Ulu-Perry

A look at what UCLA is getting in the four-star center from Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis, Fred Ulu-Perry...

Profile: Fred Ulu-Perry
Position: Center
Location: Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 305 pounds

Ranking: Four-star center, ranked #2 nationally.

Recruiting: Ulu-Perry committed to UCLA over Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, Texas Tech and Washington.

The Scouting Report: Ulu-Perry may get overlooked a bit because he’s only 6-2 but there is no doubt he can play. He has great strength, moves very well and drew raves at the Los Angeles NFTC for his advanced technique and balance, where he won the OL MVP. He’s explosive out of his stance and just runs over opposing tackles and nose guards. He's very strong at the point of attack and once he gets his hands on you, it's over. He could be a dominant guard or center at the next level. Ulu-Perry could also even be a defensive tackle at the next level, and that's not out of the question.  He was one of the top performers at The Opening, beating No. 1 ranked prospect Kahlil McKenzie twice in the 1on1s.  Pound-for-pound, inch-for-inch, there likely is not better offensive lineman in the region than Ulu-Perry.

Overall Analysis: UCLA has really emphasized the state of Hawaii in this class, and frankly, for the last couple of classes.  Ulu-Perry may not be the highest rated prospect in the state, but he very well could be the best player in the state right now.  Every time we've seen Ulu-Perry over the last two years, he's been outstanding, whether at the Nike Camps or The Opening.  His height caused several schools to overlook him, but UCLA did their due diligence and saw him in the spring before having him come to their camp, where they offered him after the Lineman Camp.  Ulu-Perry will play center for the first time in college; he plays tackle for St. Louis, but definitely projects inside.  He'll be the true center UCLA will bring in for the 2015 class, and lets them focus on guards and tackles from here on out.  He comes from a very good program in Hawaii in St. Louis and is one of the nastiest linemen you'll find in this class.  He's an excellent student and kind of fits the interior lineman profile that Adrian Klemm covets in his lineman.  While he still may take a couple of official visits, Ulu-Perry said it's primarily because he's from Hawaii and he can't see many schools, and he'd just like to see a couple more.  We thought Ulu-Perry may wait a little longer to commit, but Andre James was working on him hard at The Opening, so he committed the day he returned to the Islands.  It's a very good pickup for UCLA, their third four-star lineman in this class, and with Ulu-Perry's verbal, coupled with Tevita Halalilo and Andre James (the No. 2 offensive guard in the West and the No. 2 offensive tackle in the West respectively), gives Klemm and UCLA a solid core of offensive linemen before the season even starts.

Check out film of Ulu-Perry from his junior year.


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