Evaluation: It's early in the cycle, and someone else might certainly emerge, but just judging by his film, Addison Gumbs might be the most dangerous edge rusher on the West Coast in the 2017 class. The long, athletic prospect has a very quick first step and is explosive pursuing quarterbacks and ball carriers. He's not just a straight-ahead guy, either. He's very good changing direction, and does a nice job adjusting to running quarterbacks. His frame makes him particularly intriguing, because he's 6'4 and about 215 pounds right now, but clearly has the shoulders and body to get considerably bigger than that. In fact, just over a year ago, he was a defensive back and about 6'2 and 180 pounds, so he's already grown quite a bit naturally in the last year and a half. If UCLA moves to a 4-3, he could maybe grow into a defensive end down the road, and if UCLA sticks with a 3-4, he's pretty clearly a candidate for that eternal Anthony Barr role. If there's one knock on him right now it's just strength and technique, but both of those should get figured out in time. As it stands, he's an extremely athletic prospect with a huge amount of upside.
Recruitment: Gumbs has flown a little bit under the radar as far as his recruitment goes, but he has started to blow up over the last month or so, with offers coming in from a few Pac-12 schools as well as a few national programs, like Oklahoma and Nebraska. He just visited UCLA this past weekend, and earned an offer from the Bruins on the trip. From what we've heard, it was a really big offer, with Gumbs' father telling Scout's Greg Biggins that UCLA is "right at the top of our list". Gumbs and his dad were particularly impressed by UCLA's combination of football and academics. It sounds like the four-star could make an early decision, perhaps sometime this spring, and right now it looks good for the Bruins.