Recruitment: Kanan Ray emerged during his junior campaign as one of the top offensive linemen in the state of California, and his growing offer list this spring reflects that. He has offers from most of the Pac-12 and a couple of SEC programs, and it would still not be a shock to see him rack up 20+ offers by the start of his senior season. UCLA had him on campus last summer for its Elite Camp, but the Bruins didn't start seriously recruiting him until the end of his junior season, with the offer coming in early February. When we talked to Ray at the time, he made it pretty clear that UCLA was at the top of his list. His childhood favorite was Tennessee, and the Volunteers offered as well in February, but ultimately, Ray took a couple of unofficial visits to UCLA and ultimately decided to pull the trigger on his most recent visit last Thursday.
Evaluation: From Greg Biggins: Ray is a good looking tackle prospect and could line up on the right or left side of the offensive line. The first thing that jumps out is his aggressiveness. Ray has a nice get-off and once he locks on to his man, the play is over. He's an excellent run blocker and will take his man down the field and can get to the second level and put a block on a linebacker or safety. He's light on his feet, moves well laterally and has the ideal temperament to play in the trenches. He has a solid frame with plenty of room to add 25-30 pounds with ease. Ray projects as a high BCS level prospect and has a very nice upside to him.
Impact for UCLA: Ray told us that UCLA has him pegged mostly as a tackle, but that the staff has mentioned to him the possibility of learning every position on the line and being able to fill in as needed. Adrian Klemm has loved having some of those versatile players at UCLA, and it's easy to project that Ray, assuming he adds 30 pounds or so, has the athleticism to be that Swiss Army-type lineman for UCLA. With Ray and Will Farrar both committed now, Klemm has a couple of very nice looking tackle prospects to set the base for what should be an excellent 2017 offensive line class. With two solid commitments already in the bag, Klemm can swing for the fences a bit more with the remaining rides in the class, and that's always an exciting prospect with a recruiter as talented as Klemm.