2011 Recruiting Class Recap

The recruiting season for 2011 is over and, while the 2011 UCLA class isn't highly-ranked or being hailed as a big class, it does fill some very key recruiting needs. Here's a look at some of the different aspects of the class that stand out...

While UCLA had some good classes the last two years, the 2011 class lacked the splash and star power of the previous two classes.  Still, UCLA filled a need at several positions, notably at quarterback and on the offensive line.

Most Important Recruit:
Brett Hundley
From the moment Brett Nottingham decommitted last January, getting a quarterback was crucial for the Bruins in 2011.  Fortunately, they got the top passer in the West and one of the three best nationally in Hundley, an UnderArmour All-American.  Hundley committed to the Bruins on Labor Day, and the problems at quarterback were glaring all season, making him go from much needed recruit to potentially, much needed quarterback.  UCLA fans (and coaches), still worried about losing Hundley until he enrolled; burned by Nottingham a year earlier.  Hundley is Neuheisel's signature recruit in 2011.

Signing Day Surprise:
Torian White
White is here mostly because of the emotional roller coaster he embarked on, and what UCLA fans went through.  A commit to UCLA since June, White had visited Arizona, Oregon State and USC.  Still, it seemed like he was a Bruin.  During the FoxSportsWest Signing Day Show, to the horror of many UCLA fans, White picked a USC hat.  But driving home from the studio, he didn't feel right.  He ended up sending a letter of intent to UCLA, coming full circle.

Instant Impact:
Hundley and Devin Lucien
Hundley will get a chance to earn the starting nod in the spring.  Lucien comes in at a position of great need and will have a chance to earn some time this fall.  A new receivers coach will hopefully get his best players on the field, regardless of class.

Give Him Some Time:
Will Oliver
An unknown who was committed to Sacramento State, Oliver is a sleeper in a major way- but he's got size (6-8, 295) and his film shows a player who's got some serious potential.  He'll likely redshirt to get thicker and stronger, but he's no stranger to playing top end talent, playing one of NorCal's top schedules.

Best Bloodlines:
Aaron Wallace
Wallace's father was an all-American at Texas A&M, who the younger Wallace spurned in favor of the Bruins.  He then had a decade-long career as a defensive end for the Oakland Raider.  The younger Wallace will play outside linebacker for UCLA.  The father's of Sam Tai and Brett Hundley also played college football.

Bruin Bloodlines:
Jerry Neuheisel, Conor McDermott and Raymond Nelson
Jerry's father, Rick, was a Rose Bowl MVP for UCLA in 1984.  He also has some involvement with the Bruin football team.  McDermott's older brother, Kevin, walked on and is poised to take over longsnapper duties from four-year starter Christian Young.  And Nelson's older brother, Reeves, is a two-year starter at forward for Ben Howland's Bruin hoops team.

Steven Manfro
Manfro broke several of former Cal back Shane Vereen's records while at Valencia, and in one of the toughest divisions in Southern California, yet before UCLA offered him, only Wyoming had.  But Manfro gets it done, earning all-state honors and he'll provide a nice option at running back for the Bruins down the line.

Chris Roberts' Nightmare:
Brandon Tuliaupupu
Admit it, you're looking forward to hear him try to say it.  At least there is Sam Tai.

Coming Tomorrow: A look at how the 2011 class impacts UCLA's projected depth chart...

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