Darnay Holmes and Jaelan Phillips (Blair Angulo)

Timeline: 2017 UCLA Recruiting Class

Feb. 7 -- We take a look back, from start to finish, at how each piece of UCLA's recruiting class fell into place during the 2017 cycle...

• JULY 24, 2015 - COMMIT

UCLA picked up its first commitment of the 2017 recruiting cycle from four-star outside linebacker Rahyme Johnson out of nearby Los Angeles Salesian. It was viewed as a telling addition for linebackers coach Scott White, who at the time was busy putting together a solid 2016 group consisting of five-star Mique Juarez and four-stars Lokeni Toailoa, Krys Barnes and Breland Brandt.

Rahyme Johnson (Blair Angulo)

• SEPT. 24, 2015 - COMMIT

Exactly two months after getting Johnson, White struck again with the verbal commitment of Georgia-based linebacker Jaquan Henderson. The Bruins had some history of identifying talented linebackers from the South early on and Henderson felt comfortable enough to announce his pledge.

• OCT. 1, 2015 - COMMIT

It was assistant coach Demetrice Martin's turn, landing an early commitment from unheralded safety Rhedi Short, who had earned a reputation as a sound tackler and a prospect that was still developing. Short did not have any other big offers when he committed.

• FEB. 4, 2016 - COMMIT

The Bruins had just put a bow on the 2016 class when local four-star defensive end Hunter Echols, Short's teammate at Los Angeles Cathedral, decided to join the fray despite maintaining that he would still take visits to other schools and continue listening to what other coaches had to say. Echols immediately became a recruiter for UCLA, but his commitment was considered rather soft from the start.

• MAR. 2, 2016 - DECOMMIT

Word got out about Henderson's potential once his junior highlight tape made the rounds and, with several programs closer to home making a push, the fast-rising prospect backed off his five-month pledge to UCLA. Henderson ended up committing to Tennessee a few months later before eventually signing with Georgia Tech.


• MAR. 4, 2016 -- COMMIT

Less than a month after landing an offer from then-UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, three-star offensive tackle Will Farrar of Richmond (Texas) Travis announced his commitment to the Bruins via Twitter.

• MAR. 5, 2016 -- COMMIT

A day later, Klemm got his second pledge of the class in local three-star center Kanan Ray of Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon. Landing commitments on back-to-back days was a promising sign for offensive line recruiting, which was a high priority in the cycle.

• APR. 10, 2016 - DECOMMIT

It's not often that a recruit will back off a commitment after his first visit to a school, but that's exactly what Farrar did after traveling to Los Angeles to see the Bruins in spring practice. He committed to Texas Tech a couple months later and signed with the Red Raiders.


• APR. 14, 2016 - COMMIT

The biggest win of the cycle came very early when five-star defensive end Jaelan Phillips picked UCLA over Stanford and a few others. A lifelong Bruins fan, Phillips never wavered and shut down the recruiting process once he made his choice, eventually giving a speech to participants at UCLA's elite camp in the summer and becoming a major recruiter for the program.

Jaelan Phillips addressing UCLA's elite camp in June

• MAY 8, 2016 - DECOMMIT

As the months dragged on and it became increasingly clear that Martin was lining up a handful of options at defensive back, Short announced that he would be taking a step back to explore other options. He committed to Arizona in the summer and, despite taking some official visits, signed with the Wildcats.

• MAY 13, 2016 - DECOMMIT

With the intent to give each of his suitors a genuine look, Johnson opened things up while maintaining that UCLA was still his leader.


• JUN. 22, 2016 - COMMIT

With high school teammate Short having backed off his pledge to UCLA, three-star cornerback Jeffrey Manning jumped on an offer from Martin. Manning had emerged as a versatile prospect with good cover instincts during the camp circuit.

• JUN. 27, 2016 - COMMIT

Since Farrar was no longer in play, Klemm looked to the junior college ranks for a tackle prospect and was able to land Ronald Rudd, who visited campus for UCLA's elite camp. Rudd had begun to garner some national interest at the time of his decision.

• JULY 22, 2016 - DECOMMIT

It was hardly a surprise when Echols officially changed his stance on UCLA given that he had essentially been taking visits and even camped with Notre Dame looking to land a scholarship. The offer from USC was the one Echols and his parents really wanted and, once that arrived, it was a done deal.


• JULY 30, 2016 - DECOMMIT

With Martin's defensive back class taking shape behind the scenes, Manning went back on the market. He signed with Oregon State.

• AUG. 3, 2016 - COMMIT

Jaylan Shaw broke a dry spell of sorts for UCLA, committing to his dream school shortly after meeting with Martin on campus and putting on some strong performances at the local camps. Shaw had not started at the high school level given all the older talent at Corona (Calif.) Centennial, but was regarded as a nice pick up for the Bruins given his toughness and ability to stay with receivers.

• AUG. 4, 2016 - COMMIT

Jimmy Jaggers was another important addition for the Bruins at a position of need in this cycle, and tight ends coach Rip Scherer was able to beat out some stiff competition for the four-star prospect. Getting a commitment from Jaggers became increasingly important for UCLA once it lost out on Erik Krommenhoek to USC.

• AUG. 14, 2016 - COMMIT

Klemm, though falling behind on several of the marquee West Coast offensive linemen, continued to build a solid class with the addition of Jaxson Kirkland, a three-star prospect from Portland (Ore.) Jesuit with good size.

• AUG. 16, 2016 - COMMIT

UCLA's end-of-summer hot streak continued with the commitment of legacy recruit Quentin Lake, a versatile, three-star defensive back from powerhouse Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Lake joined Shaw in Martin's group that still had room for a few other big fish.

Quentin Lake

• AUG. 22, 2016

After whiffing on the likes of Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) and Jack Sears (USC by the way of Duke), the Bruins got their quarterback in three-star prospect Austin Burton, who flipped from a commitment to Boston College. Burton impressed at UCLA's camp in the summer and, after then-position coach Marques Tuiasosopo saw some of the local options throw in person, the Bruins made a push to secure the pledge.


• SEPT. 25, 2016 - COMMIT

One-time UCLA commit Cassius Peat announced that he had committed to the Bruins again following a weekend visit during the season. He left Michigan State to get his academics back in order at a junior college in Arizona and, now, it appears that he's headed back to East Lansing.

• NOV. 21, 2016 - COMMIT

Las Vegas (Nev.) Arbor View four-star defensive tackle Greg Rogers took his official visit to UCLA the weekend of Oct. 22, watching the Bruins get absolutely gashed by Utah at the Rose Bowl. He canceled his remaining trip to USC, giving defensive line coach Angus McClure a big recruiting win.

Greg Rogers (Tracy Pierson)

• DEC. 13, 2016 - DECOMMIT

Rudd took official visits to Louisville and Arizona State on back-to-back weekends just prior to the dead period and then announced his de-commitment from UCLA. He signed with the Cardinals.

• JAN. 6, 2017 - COMMITS

Johnson and four-star defensive tackle Martin Andrus teamed up to announce their decisions together in the same Bleacher Report video with the help of Phillips and Shaw. It was the second time Johnson joined UCLA's class and, in the case of Andrus, it was key for the Bruins to add another defensive tackle to pair with Rogers.

• JAN. 7, 2017 - COMMIT

There was some serious buzz that Darnay Holmes was leaning to Ohio State and then USC heading into his scheduled announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but the nation's No. 1 cornerback picked up the UCLA hat in the televised ceremony, much to the disappointment of his young nephew. The longstanding family relationship with Martin was the big deciding factor.

• JAN. 11, 2017 - COMMIT

UCLA prioritized Jax Wacaser, a three-star offensive tackle from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro, and was able to land the commitment before he even took a recruiting visit to campus.

Jax Wacaser

• JAN. 15, 2017 - COMMIT

The Bruins got their second tight end in the class in three-star prospect Moses Robinson-Carr, who was previously committed to Oregon but had to alter his plans following the coaching change there. Robinson-Carr was another big, blocking-type tight end that could be indicative of the scheme new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch might favor.

• JAN. 18, 2017 - COMMIT

After landing Wacaser out of Arizona earlier in the month, the Bruins went back to the desert for their next commit, three-star edge rusher Odua Isibor of Phoenix (Ariz.) St. Mary's. Isibor had officially visited campus the weekend of Jan. 13 and also was strongly considering Yale. UCLA also picked up a pledge from three-star defensive back Morrell Osling, a teammate of Robinson-Carr at Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley.

• JAN. 21, 2017 - COMMIT

Zack Sweeney was unaffected by the news of Klemm's dismissal and he committed to UCLA, giving the Bruins another center that could provide some flexibility in regards to Ray's future position along the interior.

• JAN. 23, 2017 - COMMIT

Buena Park, Calif., four-star Elijah Gates committed to UCLA over Oregon, wrapping up what turned out to be one of the nation's top defensive back classes and giving Martin another valuable recruiting win in the cycle.

Elijah Gates

• JAN. 26, 2017 - DECOMMIT

UCLA suffered another blow to its offensive line recruiting when Kirkland opted to stay closer to home after picking up his dream offer from Washington.

• JAN. 31, 2017 - COMMIT

Late-emerging offensive guard Sean Seawards drew some attention down the stretch and actually committed to Boise State before landing an offer from UCLA. He backed off that commitment after visiting Westwood, but then he added an offer from hometown Arizona State to make things interesting. In the end, though, he decided to join high school teammate Seawards at the next level.

• FEB. 1, 2017 - COMMIT

Four-star offensive tackle Stephan Zabié of Austin (Texas) Westlake announced his commitment to UCLA live on ESPNU's National Signing Day special, giving the Bruins an important piece to add to their offensive line. That was the only bit of noise UCLA would make on signing day, though.

Stephan Zabié

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