UCLA Recruits in the new Scout 300 for 2017

July 15 -- The updated Scout 300 for the Class of 2017 released today and several UCLA recruits and targets made moves, including Bruin commit Jaelan Phillips moving to the No. 1 ranked defensive end in the country...

The 2017 Scout 300

With the majority of college camps done and the biggest event of the summer, The Opening Finals, concluded, Scout updated their Class of 2017 rankings, the final rankings before the players return to pads in the fall as seniors.

And several UCLA recruits made big moves in the Scout 300, both positionally and overall.

The biggest move was Bruin commit Jaelan Phillips.

The Redlands (Calif.) East Valley defensive end moved to a five-star at the end of the spring evaluation period, but was the last five-star in the country.


A stellar performance at The Opening Finals, though, moved Phillips up even more and he's now the No. 1 defensive end in the country and the No. 15 overall player in the country.

Phillips has been largely an outside linebacker but as he gains more experience as a defensive end, has a chance to be a pretty special player in college.

He was named to the Final Five for linemen at The Opening and may have been the overall DL MVP had he not had to go up against Foster Sarell so many times.

Sarell, the five-star offensive tackle from Graham (Wash.) Kapowsin, has been the No. 1 tackle in the country for quite some time and has always been the No. 2 prospect in the West.

After a dominant week in Beaverton, Sarell cemented his status as the No. 1 tackle nationally and actually moved up to the No. 2 prospect in the country.


While the Bruins aren't in his top three, Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington are, they're right there in the second tier and he told Scout they could get an official visit in the fall.

He's the top offensive lineman from the West in years and made a big case to be the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2017 class.

For now, though, that's still held by Antioch (Calif.) running back Najee Harris, UCLA's top offensive target in this class.

Harris has been No. 1 since the day after Signing Day but his hold on the top spot isn't as strong, not because of anything he's done, but more because of Sarell.


But Harris, who is the best running back prospect to come from the West in a decade, held on because he's a special player who has a unique blend of speed, power, strength, vision and balance.

The Bruins remain heavily in the mix to flip Harris.

Fontana (Calif.) Summit running back Stephen Carr is also on UCLA's short list- they would take either Harris or Carr in a heartbeat, and while he dropped to the No. 3 running back in the 2017 class, he remained the No. 7 prospect nationally, with Cam Akers from Mississippi jumping ahead of him in the positional rankings.

UCLA is focusing in on Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman safety Bubba Bolden, and he decommitted from USC this week and said UCLA is on his short list.

Bolden was outstanding at The Opening and may have been the best safety performer there.


He jumped up 100 spots in the national rankings, to No. 62 from No. 162 and moved to the No. 4 safety in the country and is now the No. 1 safety in the West.

Calabasas (Calif.) cornerback Darnay Holmes remained the No. 1 cornerback in the country and the No. 8 overall prospect nationally.  He and Stanford Samuels have been jostling for the top spot in the corner rankings, but Holmes stayed at the top.


Holmes continues to be high on UCLA, and he's set official visits to Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State.

UCLA will get an official visit from Dylan Moses from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy in November and he's now the No. 1 outside linebacker in the country after working primarily as a linebacker all spring.  

He was previously the No. 1 athlete in the 2017 class, but with linebacker becoming his likely destination in college, he's now ranked there.

That moved another UCLA target, Baron Browning, to the No. 2 outside linebacker, with Moses knocking him down, but Browning is still a five-star and a Top 25 prospect.


Another Texan that UCLA is in the mix for, Anthony Hines, still sits at the top of the inside linebacker rankings.

While UCLA is on the outside looking in for Jay Tufele, they're still recruiting him hard and are trying to get back on his short list.

Tufele moved to the No. 2 defensive tackle nationally and is now No. 1 in the West.

Another big mover at defensive tackle was Marlon Tuipulotu from Independence (Ore.) Central, a commit to Washington who UCLA went and saw the last day of the eval period as they try to flip him.


Tuipulotu jumped just one spot at defensive tackle, up to No. 4 from No. 5, but moved up 32 spots in the Scout 300.

UCLA's primary quarterback target, Jack Sears, remained at No. 136 overall and No. 11 at quarterback.



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