A Look at UCLA Targets at The Opening Finals

July 5 -- UCLA will have 24 targets, including two commits, at The Opening Finals this week and we take a look at the Bruin recruits in Beaverton...

Bubba Bolden

http://www.scout.com/player/194460-bubba-bolden?s=73

Bolden is a soft commit to USC but UCLA is making a big push for him and is actually doing pretty well for him.  Colorado is also heavily recruiting Bolden, but the Bruins should be considered a very serious threat to flip him from USC.

OLB Baron Browning

http://www.scout.com/player/191624-baron-browning?s=73

Browning was a one-time Baylor commit but opened his recruitment up before the mess at Baylor, so he was already back on the market.  UCLA has been one constant with Browning and he’s planning to visit unofficially this summer and then officially in the fall.  Still, keep a watch on the big two in-state, Texas and Texas A&M.

RB Stephen Carr

http://www.scout.com/player/193389-stephen-carr?s=73

Carr is another soft commit to USC, but one that we think will still end up with the Trojans when it’s all said and done.  UCLA is still recruiting Carr, but they are making a bigger push for Najee Harris, and it’s very unlikely the two end up at the same school.  But UCLA has had a good history with Ground Zero kids.

DE Hunter Echols (UCLA commit)

http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/player/203619-hunter-echols

Echols committed to UCLA the day after Signing Day but there are very few recruits who are enjoying and soaking the recruiting process in like Echols, so UCLA, which still wants Echols badly, will probably watch him take some official visits, but still, we think he’s all Bruin and he is recruiting for UCLA.

TE Josh Falo

http://www.scout.com/player/192281-josh-falo

Falo isn’t as high on UCLA as others, but with the tight end crop becoming thinner and thinner, UCLA may have to accelerate their recruitment of Falo.  Colorado has his older brother and the staff signed his oldest brother at San Jose State, so they’re a real threat, as is Oregon, Miami and Texas A&M.

CB Thomas Graham

http://www.scout.com/player/193380-thomas-graham?s=73

A former USC commit, Graham opened up his recruitment and it looks like the Trojans and Graham have entirely gone their separate ways. Enter UCLA, which continues to recruit Graham pretty heavily and would love to bring him in with Darnay Holmes, to give UCLA the two top corners out West.

LB Addison Gumbs

http://www.scout.com/player/189100-addison-gumbs?s=73

The four-star linebacker, tops in the West, is very high on UCLA and the Bruins are thought to be the likely destination when he commits, though USC and Washington are still right there as well as Oklahoma and Oregon. Gumbs could decide this week at The Opening.

WR Jalen Hall (2018)

http://www.scout.com/player/193390-jalen-hall

The No. 1 receiver in the 2018 class and a top ten player nationally, Hall was offered by UCLA two summers ago, before he started his freshman year.  That said, UCLA is probably on the outside looking in for Hall right now.

RB Najee Harris

http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/player/191061-najee-harris

The No. 1 prospect in the 2017 class, UCLA is consistently mentioned by Harris as a legit contender for the Alabama commit.  He has visited UCLA a number of times and is UCLA’s top prospect on their 2017 board and they will wait it out until the end for Harris.

CB Darnay Holmes

http://www.scout.com/player/183790-darnay-holmes?s=73

The top defensive prospect on UCLA’s board, Holmes is the No. 1 corner in the country and has been heavily pursued by the Bruins for almost three years, going back to when he was offered as a freshman.  And UCLA is thought to be doing very well for Holmes, who has spent a lot of time on campus.

ILB Will Ignont

http://www.scout.com/player/196361-will-ignont

Ignont is a national recruit who returned back to Alabama but he is often mentioning UCLA and may take an official visit in the fall.

WR Joseph Lewis

http://www.scout.com/player/193382-joseph-lewis?s=73

The No. 1 receiver in the 2017 class, Lewis was offered as a freshman by UCLA but the Bruins don’t have a lot of traction with him right now.

LB Omar Manning

http://www.scout.com/player/193432-omar-manning?s=73

The versatile Manning can play receiver or linebacker but UCLA likes him as a receiver.  He’s mentioning them often, but its still a longshot.

LB Dylan Moses

http://www.scout.com/player/171434-dylan-moses?s=73

The No. 2 player in the country on Scout, Moses is ranked only behind Najee Harris.  He released his five official visits this past week and he will take his lone West Coast official to UCLA when he visits for the USC game.

DE Jaelan Phillips (UCLA commit)

http://www.scout.com/player/201009-jaelan-phillips?s=73

The top commit on UCLA’s board, Phillips chose UCLA over Stanford, USC and several others and the five-star was a huge early pick-up for the Bruins.

Isaiah Pola-Mao

http://www.scout.com/player/194626-isaiah-pola-mao

Pola-Mao doesn’t have a UCLA offer yet, with other safeties on their board, but he’s offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu’s nephew so UCLA will keep tabs on him.

DT Greg Rogers

http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/player/188281-greg-rogers

One of UCLA’s biggest targets on the defensive line, Rogers will actually visit UCLA the day after The Opening and the Bruins continue to be on his very short list.

OT Foster Sarell

http://www.scout.com/player/183469-foster-sarell?s=73

The top offensive tackle in the country, Sarell could visit UCLA after The Opening, but right now, the Bruins appear to be behind Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington.

QB Jack Sears

http://www.scout.com/player/197180-jack-sears

UCLA’s main target at quarterback, and probably the player they’re the most focused on right now, Sears has visited UCLA a number of times, including during the Bruin Skills Camp and right now, there may not be a bigger offensive target on UCLA’s board.

QB Tua Tagovailoa

http://www.scout.com/player/193492-tua-tagovailoa

Tagovailoa is committed to Alabama, but who knows how solid that commitment is.  If UCLA misses out on Sears, they could pivot back to Tagovailoa and really push for him again and he’s related to Marques Tuiasosopo so it’s not completely out of the equation.

DT Jay Tufele

http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/player/193616-jay-tufele

Tufele is another of UCLA’s top defensive targets, but the Bruins seem to be on the second tier for him behind Michigan and Ohio State plus Utah, BYU and USC.

DT Marlon Tuipulotu

http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/player/199005-marlon-tuipulotu

Tuipulotu committed to Washington in April, to the surprise of many, but the last player UCLA saw before the eval period ended was Tuipulotu.  He’s originally from Southern California and there has been some buzz he may move back to California, and if he does, then UCLA will really turn up the heat, though they already have since his verbal to the Huskies.

DT Marvin Wilson

http://www.scout.com/player/192587-marvin-wilson?s=73

Wilson is probably the longest of shots, but the Bruins are still trying for the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country.


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