Official Visit Preview: Semisi Uluave

Jan. 20 -- Four-star offensive guard Semisi Uluave would provide mature depth when he returns from his mission in a few years...

Semisi Uluave (6'5, 320)
Honolulu (Haw.) Punahou
No. 16 OG, No. 277 Overall

Introduction: UCLA is poised to sign a very strong offensive line class in 2015, with four-star JC offensive tackle Zach Bateman, four-star center Fred Ulu-Perry, four-star offensive tackle Andre James, and four-star offensive guard Tevita Halalilo all in the fold already. The class ranking could get even stronger with the addition of four-star offensive guard Semisi Uluave -- even if he won't necessarily make an impact any time soon. Uluave has plans to take his Mormon mission out of high school, which means that the earliest he would impact the depth chart at UCLA would be 2017. Given how well the mature lines of BYU and Utah have performed historically, adding a mature 20 year-old with four playing years ahead of him in 2017 could be significant.

Recruitment: Uluave has had a fairly straightforward recruitment, collecting all of his offers through the summer and then cutting his list to three in August: UCLA, Oregon, and Texas Tech. He's basically stuck with that top three the whole way through the season. At times, he's been thought to be a pretty significant UCLA lean, but that recruitment has gone a little hot and cold at times, which may have allowed Texas Tech and Oregon to make up some ground. He'll visit UCLA this weekend, and then potentially California the final weekend, before making his decision. He's good friends with Ulu-Perry, which is thought to be helpful to UCLA's chances, but friends Canton Kaumatule and Breiden Fehoko are headed to Oregon and Texas Tech respectively.

Evaluation: Uluave is a big strong guard who has the ability to play tackle in a pinch, though he's thought to be much more of a guard at the next level. He's big and strong, with his initial punch probably being his biggest asset as a player. For a bigger guy, he moves his feet well in pass protection, though he'd probably need to get a bit quicker to be an ideal pulling guard. For UCLA's purposes, again, he wouldn't be a factor for the next two years, and then, if he stuck with the Bruins after returning from his mission, he'd provide a mature body for the offensive line in 2017. From a rankings perspective, Uluave would give UCLA a good chance at having the No. 1 offensive line class in the country with a 4.0 star average.


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