Hit Or Miss: A Decade of UCLA Recruits

Jan. 30 -- How has the top Bruin prospect, as rated by Scout, performed on the field over the last 10 years?

Signing day is less than a week away, and with every recruiting class, there will be surprises, prospects that do not achieve the level of success projected for them, and others who turn out to be exactly what they were rated.

In that spirit, Scout takes a look at the top prospect in each of UCLA's last 10 recruiting classes, and labels them a “Hit” or “Miss” for their on-field career with the Bruins.

2014: Zach Whitley

When UCLA flipped Whitley, it was a big deal, taking a kid who had been committed to Alabama for most of the cycle, and flipping him right before the Army Bowl. Whitley enrolled early and looked good in spurts, but a concussion slowed things down. Then he was held out of the bowl practices and didn't travel with the team to San Antonio. He would eventually get to Texas, but that was after he left the school. MISS

2013: Eddie Vanderdoes

UCLA didn't get Vanderdoes on Signing Day but by the time the season started, Vanderdoes was playing with the Bruins. His road to UCLA was well documented, but the Bruins were glad to just get him on campus and he started at times during his true freshman season, and played some goalline offense, and then started every game this past season. HIT

2012: Ellis McCarthy

McCarthy committed to Cal at the Army Bowl but then was flipped less than 10 days later by Demetrice Martin, the same night that Tosh Lupoi left Cal. McCarthy started at times, but could never stay healthy or fully get in to shape, and was passed by Vanderdoes and Kenny Clark inside. He surprisingly left early for the NFL without ever having lived up to the hype he had coming in. MISS

2011: Brett Hundley

Nicknamed "The Savior" by fellow 2011 recruit Kevin McReynolds (and not by fans, which has taken on a life of its own...), Hundley enrolled early at UCLA and may have had a chance to win the starting job in 2011 but a knee injury caused Rick Neuheisel to redshirt him, and keep him redshirted even as the season deteriorated. Enter Jim Mora and Noel Mazzone and Hundley won the starting job in fall camp and started every game the next three years, leading UCLA to 29 wins, the Pac-12 South Division title in 2012 and ten win seasons in 2013 and 2014, beat USC three times and set a number of UCLA school records. HIT

2010: Malcolm Jones

The Gatorade National Player of the Year, Jack enrolled at UCLA just in time for them to switch from a power offense, with Chane Moline as their main tailback, to the ill-fated pistol. Jones had trouble holding on to the ball and that got him in the doghouse early. Interestingly enough, Anthony Barr was ranked ahead of Jones the majority of the spring and summer, but when Barr broke his foot early in the season, and Jones had a fantastic senior season, Jones moved ahead of him. Barr ended up being pretty good while Jones never lived up to what he was ranked. MISS

2009: Morrell Presley

Potentially the biggest bust UCLA has had in the last 15 years, Presley was a surprise steal by the Bruins, having been committed to USC for almost two years before UCLA flipped him the night before he could sign (he was an early enrollee). He struggled with drops and never could get anything going on the field, then was kicked off the team and ended up playing at California (Pa.), before having a tall cup of coffee with Pete Carroll and the Seahawks. MISS

2008: Rahim Moore

Moore was an Army All-American and the No. 2 safety in the country coming out. He started all 37 games he played at UCLA and was a First Team All-American in 2009 when he led the country in interceptions. He left early for the NFL and was a second round pick and now plays for the Denver Broncos. HIT

2007: Brian Price

Price was a five-star Army All-American from Crenshaw HS when he signed in February 2007. He had to sit out the first few games his freshman year because of NCAA Clearinghouse issues, but when he returned, he made his way into the lineup quickly and was a pretty dominant player for three years, including his junior season when he was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. He left early for the NFL and was a second round pick of the Buccaneers, but hip problems cut his career short. HIT

2006: Terrence Austin

An Army All-American who announced for the Bruins in San Antonio, Austin was one of the top receivers in the country out of Long Beach Poly. Austin had some consistency issues his first couple years before being utilized more in the offense towards the end of the career. The problem with Austin was also exacerbated by bad quarterback play and bad offensive schemes. MISS

2005: Ben Olson

After serving an LDS Mission, Olson returned to college football and spurned BYU for UCLA. He nearly beat out three-year starter Drew Olson at the beginning of the 2005 season before Drew Olson won it (and had a fine senior year). Ben Olson's first start against Utah showed why he was worthy of so much hype. That was also the peak of his career at UCLA. Injuries and mediocre play rendered him ineffective and he ended up missing his senior year with a spring injury. MISS

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