Profile: Jimmy Jaggers
Position: Tight End
Location: Roseville (Calif.)
Recruiting: Chose UCLA from over 20 offers, including Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, USC and Washington
The Scouting Report: Jaggers is traditional tight end who is adept in blocking in the run game while also being a weapon in the passing game. He's a physical kid, with good strength, who can battle in the trenches like an offensive lineman but also has the athleticism and size to be a threat as a receiver. At times this spring, Jaggers had some consistency issues in catching the ball, but on film in pads he flashes as a more consistent receiver. He runs well and is tough for backers to get physical with and presents a mismatch for DBs trying to cover him.
Overall Analysis: UCLA’s tight end recruiting looked down for the count in late June when Erik Krommenhoek and Moses Robinson-Carr picked USC and Oregon respectively on the same day. But Jaggers was one of their earliest tight end targets and had been atop their board for over a year. While other tight ends came off the board, Jaggers went through the process and took several visits to several schools, including UCLA four or five times. So he made his decision after a very thorough and deliberate process. When UCLA got his commitment on Thursday, it was a huge boon to their offensive recruiting, their first four-star on offense and first at a position other than offensive line on that side of the ball. It also gave UCLA their third verbal this week, indicating August is off to a much better start then an up and down July. On the field, with UCLA switching to more of a pro-style offense, the need for a traditional tight end like Jaggers was even more pronounced. It also helps Rip Scherer, who took over much of the tight end recruiting this year as that positions coach, while also indicating the continued groundwork that is laid by Angus McClure in Northern California pays dividends. Jaggers should be able to come in and play right away, both out of necessity but also because, physically, he already looks like a college tight end. This is a much needed commitment at a position of need.