2016: Five Must-Gets For UCLA

Feb. 7 -- With the 2015 class signed, Scout moves to 2016 and five "Must-Gets" for UCLA...

There is no time to waste -- it's time to move on to the Class of 2016.

And here are five recruits UCLA is after that can safely be called "Must-Gets" in 2016.

These aren't necessarily the most talented prospects UCLA will pursue in 2016, but could be more vital because they fill a need on the roster. For example, one of the most talented players in the west is Michael Pittman, the WR/S from Oaks Christian who is already verbally committed to UCLA. He almost made this list on talent alone, but the five below edged him out since they fill a bigger UCLA need.

WHY HE IS SO IMPORTANT:
UCLA could lose its two starting defensive tackles to the draft after the 2015 season and there is not a lot of depth there. That makes Tagaloa a key target for the Bruins, and possibly their most important recruit on the board. He's the best defensive tackle in the West and one of the premier players at his position nationally. He'll be a four-year starter for the Spartans, impressive considering their history, and already has a slew of offers to choose from, but he's also said that UCLA is one of his favorites.

WHY HE IS SO IMPORTANT:
Kelly is the No. 1 player in the West and a top ten player nationally -- and UCLA was one of his first offers. The Bruins had him in for their Elite Camp last June and, since then, they've been on his very short, short list. He has a great relationship with Jim Mora and he said one of his best experiences in the recruiting process was meeting and talking with Eric Kendricks after the USC game. That Kendricks, who is from the Fresno area, won the Butkus Award resonates with him. Kelly is up there with Tagaloa as the top uncommitted player on UCLA's board.

WHY HE IS SO IMPORTANT:
With Ryan Newsome flipping to Texas on Signing Day, UCLA lost the speed threat they needed at the slot receiver. The 2016 class is strong at receiver out West, but so many of them are the bigger, physical types. Not Alloway -- he's a speed guy who is shifty and dangerous in the open field, elusive and able to get tremendous separation. He's also a UCLA fan and the Bruins are in a good position for him.

WHY HE IS SO IMPORTANT:
Parker is one of the fastest rising cornerbacks in the West, and he's also one of the best, moving in to the Scout 300 after a terrific junior year. The Bruins were the first to offer Parker, when they went to see his teammate, safety Shurod Thompson (who already had a UCLA offer), and Parker may end up the better prospect. He has excellent ball skills, good speed and active hands and is also plenty physical. The Bruins are doing well with him already.

WHY HE IS SO IMPORTANT:
Brandt was UCLA's second commitment in the 2016 class, committing a couple of days after Michael Pittman did. But he's been a longtime target of the Bruins, and a longtime fan, so the commitment looked to be a matter of when, not if. Stil, he's a big-time prospect who will probably have several schools continue to try with him, though he's probably as solid in his commitment as they come. He's the No. 2 player in the West in this class and a versatile athlete who could play either defensive end or outside linebacker, depending on the scheme.


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