UCLA made a splash Tuesday with its announcement that it had reached a record-breaking agreement with apparel giant Under Armour that is set to kick off next summer, just in time for the 2017 season.
In the age of alternate uniforms, shiny numbers and matte helmets, football recruiting has, at times, turned into a battle of who is wearing what. With a new outfitter on board, the Bruins will have a new pitch to make following its switch from Adidas, which has grown in popularity recently thanks to a devoted approach to the passing league and camp circuit.
We asked several UCLA recruits what effect, if any, the move to Under Armour could have.
• Five-star Baron Browning, the No. 1 outside linebacker in the 2017 class: "That's all materialistic stuff. The gear doesn't matter."
• UCLA commit Jaelan Phillips, the No. 1 defensive end in the West region: "Honestly, I'm indifferent. Obviously people have their individual preferences when it comes to brands but, at the end of the day, I'm here to play football. I would play in sandals and a hat if I had to. It's really cool that we signed the most expensive deal in history, though. That's going to be really beneficial to UCLA. I think the change is good -- it's befitting of the revolution."
• UCLA commit Hunter Echols, the No. 2 defensive end in the West: "I would prefer Adidas, but I'm not going to sob because we went UA. (My recommendation) would be to make us look good, that's all."
• Four-star Addison Gumbs, the No. 1 outside linebacker in the West: "It doesn't matter to me at all what brand a team wears."
• Four-star Chaz Ah You, the No. 1 safety in the West: "As far as how I feel about UCLA, it doesn't change anything. I actually prefer Adidas over Under Armour, but it doesn't matter to me. I would wear whatever UCLA had. If I had my choice, I would choose Nike but it's not a deal maker or deal breaker for me what brand UCLA wears or any school I end up going to."
• Four-star Jimmy Jaggers, the No. 9 tight end in the 2017 class: "I think it's pretty cool. I have no plans on picking a school because of the gear I get, but it's nice to know if I did end up at UCLA I'd be taken care of."
• Four-star Deommodore Lenoir, the No. 7 cornerback in 2017: "The switch is great. It wouldn't matter much in my recruitment. ... If you look good and feel good, you're going to play good."
• Three-star tight end Erik Krommenhoek, whose parents are UCLA alums: "It doesn't matter very much to me. It's great for the school with the new big-money deal, but it won't impact my recruitment very much."
• Three-star tight end Moses Robinson-Carr, who visited campus this spring: "That doesn't matter to me at all."
• Three-star safety Trajon Cotton, who visited for the spring showcase: "It's doesn't really matter in recruiting, but it'll be something I'll have to get used to if I go there. I'm not an Under Armour guy."
• Bishop Gorman standout Palaie Gaoteote, one of the top linebackers in the 2018 class: "I really don't mind the transition to Under Armour. As long as they got my size in everything and I can play football, I'll be happy."
• 2018 tight end Brevin Jordan, who has UCLA atop his list: "I was kind of upset at first, but I thought about it and that's a lot of money on the table, so Under Armour is going to hook it up. UCLA is going to get a lot of stuff and it's going to be super dope in the end."