UCLA reached out across the country Thursday to offer two of the top defensive tackles in New Jersey's 2017 class, and both players from academically-focused schools expressed joy over the news.
FIrst, Bruins defensive line coach Angus McClure offered Princeton (N.J.) The Hun School's Fred Hansard, the No. 1 defensive tackle in the East and No. 8 nationally.
An hour to the north is where Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII defensive tackle Dalyn Wade-Perry plays, and he was offered during a conversation with McClure.
It was a two-day stretch in which UCLA hit the East along the defensive line. Earlier in the week, McClure offered Donovan Jeter of Beaver Falls (Pa.) High. He is the No. 2 defensive end in the East, and No. 16 nationally.
"I'm so excited to receive this offer," Hansard said. "It is great school academically and athletically. This offer means a lot to me."
Hansard's offer list includes Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Arizona State. But given UCLA's academic prowess (Hansard boards at prestigious Hun), he said he wanted to make a visit to campus, although he is unsure when that will happen.
However, after speaking with McClure, he wants to get to Westwood and see more.
"I thinks he's a great guy and coach," Hansard said. "He talked about their interest in me, and we talked about the school and its history."
Among the topics of discussion with Hansard and Wade-Perry was UCLA's defensive line, and how a pair of players, including Kenneth Clark, could be high picks in upcoming NFL drafts.
For Wade-Pery, UCLA was a school he was focused on for a while.
,"It's an offer I've been waiting for," Wade-Perry said. "There are no reasons not to like UCLA, so I'm looking forward to continuing our recruitment."
Wade-Perry's offer list includes Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and Stanford. He already knows a little about UCLA, but needs to learn about the program in-depth.
"I know it's in a beautiful place with outstanding weather and attractions," he said. "Also, the history of their sports programs is unparalleled in many categories."
In addition to all the work out east, UCLA also offered four-star Texas defensive lineman Andrew Fitzgerald last week.