Profile: Alex Akingbulu
Position: Offensive Line
Location: Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Weight: 250 pounds
Recruiting: Akingbulu took official visits to Cal and Utah and had both in his final three before choosing UCLA on Thanksgiving. Even though the lineman never officially visited UCLA, he had been to the school multiple times on unofficial trips and had a strong relationship with OL coach Adrian Klemm. Location also played a role as he wanted to stay close to home and the academics was another key factor.
What to Like: Akingbulu is one of the most athletic tackles in the region. His junior season was his first playing football after being discovered on the basketball court. He moves around effortlessly and can get to the second level with ease. He's still raw in a lot of areas but shows the potential to be a very good pass blocker because of his length and athleticism. He's a tough kid who plays hard and has made a nice jump from his junior season in strength and aggressiveness. He finishes his blocks well and plays with more of a mean streak. His confidence is also much higher and you can tell he's a lot more comfortable this year. He's able to just play and react without having to think so much and his best football is definitely ahead of him.
Areas to improve: It's not hard to figure out what Akingbulu needs to do before he can play at the next level and that's put on some weight. He's a very lean 250 pounds and the hope is he'll hit the 270 mark by the time he enters college. He'll still need to continue to work on putting on more size and strength but he does have the frame to do so. He'll also need some time to refine his technique and just learn the position better. Again, this is only his second year of playing organized football so he'll need to be coached up and a redshirt year will be very beneficial for him.
Overall Analysis: Akingbulu was a nice pickup for the Bruins as they needed tackles and overall line depth. He has a ton of upside as you rarely see lineman with his frame that can move like he does. At the same stage, he reminds a little of former Bruin tackle Torian White in terms of his size and mobility. If he can put on the necessary weight and play with the needed toughness you have to have to compete in the trenches, Akingbulu has the potential to play on Sundays.