UCLA Football Recruiting: WR Jadyn Marshall Commits to the Bruins
The commitment by the four-star receiver is a major coup for new WR coach Jerry Neuheisel.
Recruiting has once-again picked up for the UCLA Bruins. Following the commitment of Tomarion Harden last week, the coaching staff continued their efforts by securing the commitment of four-star wide receiver Jadyn Marshall on Monday.
Jadyn Marshall is a 6’1”, 180 lb wide receiver prospect St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, California. He is a consensus four-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, where he is ranked as the 34th best wide receiver prospect in the country and the 16th best recruit in the state of California. Marshall possesses offers from a variety of programs, including Southern Cal, Oregon, and Auburn, but UCLA ultimately won out thanks to the efforts of new wide receivers coach Jerry Neuheisel, who made Marshall a priority when he took over the job.
Marshall is a legitimate two-sport athlete. He is among the top performers in the state at the hurdles. That is something that will supposedly continue at the college level, as the coaching staff, including head coach Chip Kelly, is encouraging this choice. According to Brandon Huffman of 247Sports in a post-commitment interview, the ability to play two sports was a big deal for Marshall and he wouldn’t have committed to the Bruins had they not been supportive of this idea. I imagine the coaching staff was able to point to the success that Jon Jon Vaughns has had for the baseball team as proof that they are willing to allow two-sport athletes to flourish.
Marshall will bring a needed infusion of speed to the UCLA receiving corps. The Bruins have a ton of shifty receivers and some great big body options, but a true burner has been missing in the offense, and that is what Marshall can provide. This is not to say that it is all Marshall provides, however; he’s a solid all-around receiver who is unafraid to get physical at the point of catch, a great skill for a player who projects as a slot receiver at the college level.
A lot of credit should go to wide receiver coach Jerry Neuheisel, who is immediately making an impact on the recruiting trail by bringing in one of UCLA’s highest-rated recruits this cycle. There were a lot of believers among Bruin fans that Neuheisel could grow into being a great recruiter for a coaching staff that has been lacking in the Chip Kelly era, and this is a great early sign in his ability to make connections with recruits.
Let’s take a look at Marshall’s junior season highlights courtesy of Hudl.
Welcome to Westwood, Jadyn!
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Congrats, Jerry! Welcome to Westwood, Jadyn! Sounds like a great fit for the Bruins. As a former track coach, those who run the hurdles are by definition incredible athletes. Looking forward to seeing Jadyn represent UCLA in two varsity sports.