UCLA: Top Three Recruiting Classes

Jan. 28 -- Scout takes a look at the top three recruiting classes UCLA has had since 2002...


1. 2010 - Full Class List)

Rank: #4 in Pac-12, #14 National
Biggest Impact: Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks, Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Cassius Marsh
Other key contributors: Anthony Jefferson, Dietrich Riley, Jordan Zumwalt, Sealii Epenesa
This class took some time to really mold, with really, only Riley being an impact guy from the get-go, starting as a true freshman and as a sophomore before he suffered a career-ending neck injury. Once Jim Mora got a hold of this class, though, the talent really came out, with two Lott Impact Trophy Award Winners (Kendricks and Barr), a Butkus Award Winner in Kendricks, two different First Team All-Americans (also Kendricks and Barr), and a Top 10 pick in Barr. Obviously, no one benefited from Mora's arrival more than Barr, but Marsh became a different player under him too, and Anthony Jefferson, who many had high hopes when he first got to UCLA, finally stayed healthy and has played his way into a likely draft pick, much like Odighizuwa did this season and especially during the Senior Bowl. The highest rated player in the group, Malcolm Jones, never quite lived up to the hype, coming in just as UCLA switched to the pistol. And a case can be made that Kendricks is UCLA's finest linebacker in the schools history and easily in the top 2-3 of all-time fan favorites.

2. 2013 - Full Class List)

Rank: #1 in Pac-12, #3 National
Biggest Impact: Myles Jack, Alex Redmond, Eddie Vanderdoes, Kenneth Clark
Other key contributors: Caleb Benenoch, Scott Quessenberry, Thomas Duarte, Deon Hollins
This class has only played for two years, but you have a former Freshman Offensive Player of the Year (Jack), a Freshman Defensive Player of the Year (Jack), three two-year starters on the offensive line, one of the best defensive linemen in the country (Clark) and another all-conference type (Vanderdoes), plus Duarte, who was a big part of the Bruin offense. Three of these guys are potential early entry players, with two almost assuredly slam-dunk first round picks. Interestingly enough, a number of the Top 100 guys in this class have had to bide their time or have been a little less than remarkable when pressed in to action.

3. 2008 - Full Class List)

Rank: #2 in Pac-12, #13 National
Biggest Impact: Rahim Moore, Johnathan Franklin, Datone Jones, Jeff Baca
Other key contributors: Derrick Coleman, Tony Dye, Jeff Locke, Patrick Larimore
Many of these committed to UCLA during "Sudden Saturday", the Meet-and-Greet that UCLA had under Karl Dorrell in March 2007. Then they watched Dorrell get fired and Rick Neuheisel take over. Neuheisel still salvaged a top 15 class, thanks largely to who UCLA already had committed. Moore was the No. 2 safety in the country, and started every game while at UCLA, leaving early for the NFL, but not after being a First Team All-American and leading college football in interceptions in 2009. Franklin left as UCLA's all-time leading rusher and finished his career as a runner-up for the Doak Walker Award. Jones was a first round pick and Baca started for four years for the Bruins. Coleman was one of the best stories UCLA has had, and Larimore was en route to being one of the better linebackers before concussions ended his career. Locke may have been one of UCLA's best-ever punters.

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