By the time a major winter storm approached the Southern California area on Friday, UCLA had already made it rain scholarship offers.
Over a dozen prospects received an offer from the Bruins in about a 24-hour span as the assistant coaches identified some targets in the 2018 class and beyond.
Here's a breakdown of the new UCLA prospects...
The Bruins were one of three programs to offer Anaheim (Calif.) Servite four-star safety Julius Irvin on Thursday along with Notre Dame and Oregon. Irvin, the son of former NFL pro bowler LeRoy Irvin, already held offers from the likes of USC and Washington, and despite not competing in many events or camps the last couple years, has established a reputation as one of the tougher defensive backs in the region. He brings an enforcer mentality to the football field and, as far as UCLA comparisons go, would liken most to current safety Adarius Pickett given his aggressiveness and ability to make plays on the football.
UCLA assistant coach Demetrice Martin sent out offers to three other safeties in the 2018 class -- four-star Steve Stephens of Fresno (Calif.) Edison, four-star Ely Doyle of Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany and three-star Jhevon Hill of San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon. The safety position is an important one for the Bruins in the 2018 class, with several targets already established, including local four-stars Stephan Blaylock and Aashari Crosswell.
Stephens is the latest high-caliber defensive back from the Central Valley, possessing good size and length at the position that has made him a target from many programs nationally. The Bruins haven't been too successful recruiting the Fresno area in recent years, but Stephens should be a big priority in this class.
Doyle and Hill are intriguing prospects that, at the moment, aren't as nationally prominent as Stephens. Doyle camped with the Bruins last summer and worked at corner then, but he is still growing and projects more as a bigger defensive back that can provide some relief at nickel against bigger slot receivers. Hill is a lankier, free safety type that shows good instincts on tape. He can cover a lot of ground and reacts quickly to the action in front of him.
Martin was busy nationally as well, offering three-star cornerback Ken Montgomery out of Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough. Corner is not as pressing a spot in this class given that UCLA just signed five-star Darnay Holmes and four-stars Elijah Gates and Jaylan Shaw, but building depth is always important. Montgomery also picked up an offer from Alabama on Thursday and has emerged as one of the premier corners in the Sunshine State for the 2018 class, which also features UCLA target Tyreke Johnson.
Three-star defensive end John Waggoner from West Des Moines (Iowa) Dowling could be on the verge of blowing up, with offers from Michigan and UCLA recently. He was a first-team all state performer last fall, showing good burst off the edge but also the strength to overpower blockers in the middle. Waggoner has good awareness and changes direction well to keep gaining ground in pass-rush situations -- think Rick Wade.
Oliver shows good instincts to keep up with receivers in and out of their breaks, has the length to match up against taller wideouts and has plenty of upside in the early stages of his development. Perhaps most impressive, though, is how he managed the step in as a sophomore last season when Bishop Gorman lost Arizona signee Malik Hausman to injury. With four-star Alex Perry (Arizona State) manning the other side, opponents tried to target Oliver quite a bit but he responded well, grabbing three interceptions and registering 22 tackles.
The Bruins are targeting several prospects out of Bishop Gorman in the 2018 cycle, including five-star linebacker Palaie Gaoteote, four-star tight end Brevin Jordan and four-star quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Oliver said he has heard nothing but good things about UCLA from his teammates, so the offer could help things on multiple fronts.
Perkins has impressive sophomore tape, looking aggressive at the line of scrimmage and proving to be a big hitter that punishes receivers that try going over the middle. He's a member of the Pro Way Training team and the Bruins are clearly trying to establish a connection with the local 7-on-7 power.
Speaking of Pro Way, the Bruins made an offer to team member Khalil Shakir of Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta. The 2018 class out West is loaded at receiver, and Shakir has surfaced as one to keep an eye on this offseason. He possesses deceptive speed from the slot position and has also shined at running back and returner with Vista Murrieta.
Several other recruits landed early offers from the Bruins, including 2019 four-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele from Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis. Tuitele is regarded as one of the better all-around prospects in the West Region for his class and should only continue to build buzz as one of the top recruits to come out of Hawaii in recent years. He participated at the U.S. Army All-American Combine earlier this year and continued to raise eyebrows.
Braedin Huffman-Dixon out of Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt has a projectable frame with reliable hands and good body control, and should be a pass-catcher to monitor moving forward, so it's smart for UCLA to jump into the race before any other program. Washington has also been expressing interest.
Joshua Pakola is another 2019 prospect worth remembering. He's a physical linebacker that uses his hands well to shed blockers, has the capability to rush the passer off the edge, but also makes plays in between the tackles. Pakola is relentless in pursuit and could be considered one of the top defenders in Northern California, regardless of class. Fresno State, Utah and Washington have also offered, but they most certainly won't be the last.
Finally, the Bruins became the first offer for 2020 outside linebacker Justin Flowe of Upland, Calif., the alma mater of current starter Josh Woods. Flowe performed well on varsity as a freshman this past season, playing without much hesitation and looking like a very capable tackler already. UCLA certainly won't be the last school to pursue his signature.