UCLA Commitment Analysis: QB Devon Modster

Jan. 19 -- How does the commitment of Devon Modster impact UCLA?

Recruitment: UCLA was in the thick of it for Devon Modster last spring, when the Bruins decided that Modster was going to be their primary target at quarterback in the 2016 class. The thinking was that UCLA was right there for him, but ultimately Modster decided for Arizona, and the word was that he didn't necessarily want to come to UCLA to sit behind Josh Rosen for two years. In the intervening months, though, Modster's commitment to Arizona softened and he finally decommitted last month. At that point, Jim Mora contacted Modster to see if he would still be interested in UCLA. Modster, seeing that Rosen really will likely be a three-and-done player, was interested, and within a few weeks and one official visit, Modster committed to the Bruins.

Evaluation: Modster is a solidly built quarterback with very good physical tools -- he has a strong arm, good athleticism, and has grown a bit over the last year and a half and is now a solid 6'2 or so. He definitely has the ability to run, but it'd be a misnomer to describe him as a true dual-threat, as he has a good, accurate arm and the ability to make all the throws. At this point, he needs to continue to quicken his decision making and work on being more than a one-read quarterback. It would really serve him well to sit for a couple of years so he can learn behind a quarterback like Rosen who is so sharp on the mental side of the game, and then compete for the job in two years as a redshirt sophomore. There is a lot of potential here, and it would not be a shock to see him win the starting job when Rosen departs for the NFL.

Impact for UCLA: As we went over last week in our piece on quarterback recruiting over the last four years, the Bruins desperately need quarterback depth, and now, with two commitments from true quarterbacks in this class (Matt Lynch being the other), UCLA has done about what it needed to do. And the thing is, neither Lynch nor Modster is a stiff -- UCLA now has two legitimate options that could develop into starting quality quarterbacks within two years, which is precisely what the Bruins needed. By taking Modster in addition to Lynch, UCLA has increased its odds of getting a hit in this class.

For next year, the impact is hopefully non-existent, but if Rosen has to sit out a game or two for whatever reason, UCLA now has some options. It could go with Mike Fafaul, who's probably a steady option who knows the offense fairly well. Or it could go with whichever of the true freshmen looks the most ready at that point, and get them some game reps. The beauty of getting two quality quarterbacks heading into Rosen's sophomore year is that, even if one of them needs to play next year, that player can still redshirt during Rosen's junior season, thus not wasting a year of their eligibility.


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