UCLA Has Highest Average Star Ranking

UCLA's recruiting class now has the highest average star rating of any class in the country, and with the players the Bruins are leading for, that average rating should only improve...

UCLA's 2015 recruiting class was supposed to be a small one, but as more and more elite prospects come on board, it's going to be hard to turn them away.

With the commitment of four-star Utah offensive tackle Andre James last night, UCLA now has the highest average star rating of any school in the country, with a 3.89 average star ranking, moving past Michigan, which has the second-highest at 3.88.

The Class Rankings

So far, the class is made up of two five-stars in Josh Rosen and Alize Jones; four four-stars in Andre James, Stephen Johnson, Tevita Halalilo, and L.J. Reed; and three three-stars in T.J. Simmons, Victor Alexander, and Bolu Olorunfunmi. As it stands, Simmons is expected to get a fourth star when the next set of rankings come out, which would bump the nine-man average to an even four stars.

Projecting a little bit ahead, the Bruins are also likely leading for five-star defensive end Keisean Lucier South, four-star center Fred Ulu-Perry, four-star offensive tackle Dru Samia, four-star outside linebacker Osa Masina, four-star offensive guard Josh Wariboko, four-star cornerback Dechaun Holiday, and four-star wide receiver Cordell Broadus. Of that group, Masina has a legitimate chance of becoming a five-star as well, with Greg Biggins opining that he may now be the best linebacker prospect in the West. If UCLA signed just that 16-man class (which is still going to be a tall order, even if the Bruins are leading for each of those guys right now), and Simmons becomes a four-star, the Bruins would have a 4.06 star average, which would be the best of any school with a 15+ person class since USC in 2010.

Obviously, UCLA is still in it for a variety of other prospects where the Bruins may be anywhere in the top two or three, such as five-star defensive end Rasheem Green, five-star cornerback Iman Marshall, four-star defensive end Canton Kaumatule, four-star middle linebacker Roquan Smith, four-star safety Marvell Tell, four-star wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, four-star defensive end Porter Gustin, four-star outside linebacker Cassius Peat, four-star running back Sotonye Jamabo, four-star receiver Ryan Newsome, four-star running back Ray-Ray McCloud, and a host of others. If the Bruins have a good season, we could see them landing four or five of those guys.

If UCLA does end up signing 20+ players in this class, as it now looks like the Bruins will, this could shape up to be one of the highest-rated classes in UCLA history.

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