UCLA Recruits & Targets Make Moves

UCLA commits Shaquille Richardson and Tevin McDonald jump up in the latest rankings by Scout.com and defensive tackle target Kirifi Taula joins the Scout 300...

With the most recent upgrades in rankings by Scout.com, a handful of UCLA's top targets, and commits made moves up the charts.

Most notably was Anaheim (Calif.) Servite defensive tackle Kirifi Taula, whom the Bruins covet. Taula was ranked #55 during the summer at defensive tackle, but a dominant start to his senior year, on both sides of the ball, helped Taula jump 30 spots to the 25th ranked tackle and into the Scout 300.

"I'm really excited, it's an honor," said Taula.

After Taula, making the biggest jump was Fresno (Calif.) Edison's Tevin McDonald. The top defensive prospect in Central California, McDonald was originally projected as a safety and was ranked 75th there.

But after seeing McDonald during the fall making plays at corner (as well as at receiver, running back and returning kicks and punts), McDonald has moved up to the 33rd ranked cornerback spot, where we project him to play for the Bruins in college.

Another corner making a move up the rankings is Shaquille Richardson, from Los Alamitos, and the newest commit to the Bruins.

Richardson was ranked just outside the Top 40, but has moved up seven spots to the 32nd spot, one ahead of McDonald at corner.

Carson (Calif.) offensive lineman Wade Yandall, who's got UCLA and Arizona State as his leader, moved from the #68 offensive guard spot and a two-star to #53 and a three star, after a stellar senior year that saw him help the Colts to a Marine League title and the CIF City Section semifinals.

Scout will release a final set of rankings in January, and the final West 150 and California 101 will be released then, following the three All-American Games.

UCLA commits selected to the All-American Games include: Shaquille Richardson (Offense-Defense), Malcolm Jones (U.S. Army) and Jordon James and Kip Smith (UnderArmour).

UCLA recruits that have been selected to the All-American Games include: Hayes Pullard and Paul Richardson (Offense-Defense), Anthony Barr, Marquis Flowers, Ricky Heimuli, Owamagbe Odighizuwa and Josh Shirley (U.S. Army) and George Uko and Dietrich Riley (UnderArmour).

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