UCLA Football Recruiting: 2021 Early Signing Period Central
The 2021 football recruiting class becomes official starting today.
It’s a great day to be a Bruin!
That’s because the 2021 Early Signing Period begins today!
For the fourth year in a row, college football begins its Early Signing Period today and recruits can officially sign their National Letters of Intent today, instead of waiting until February.
It will be interesting to see how many recruits sign over the next few days. Will it be a high number like last year? Or will the pandemic cause recruits to wait because their season was delayed? We won’t really know until the Early Signing Period closes on Friday.
But, it doesn’t change the fact that today is still one of the biggest days on the college football calendar as high school recruits are able to sign their National Letters of Intent and officially announce their college decisions.
Even though the Bruins have played better football on the field this season, it hasn’t changed UCLA’s recruiting fortunes quite yet. Not only is this class completely and totally devoid of blue chip recruits, it’s also very small with just 12 high school recruits and two transfers from other colleges.
Of course, that could set things up for some surprises.
UCLA has had three recruits decommit. Though, in the case of Deshun Murrell, he still seems likely to sign with the Bruins. The other two decommits are four-star athlete Devin Kirkwood from Serra (Gardena) and Devin Aupiu from Pacifica (Oxnard). Kirkwood is expected to sign with Southern Cal while Aupiu will be headed to Notre Dame.
Can Chip Kelly and staff flip a few guys to the Bruins? Well, never say never, but recruiting has been terrible under Kelly and there is nothing to believe that the next few days are going to suddenly make it a lot better. Personally, I don’t expect to be seeing Kelly at Starbucks, Coffee Bean or Dunkin’ Donuts — he is from New England, after all — between now and Friday.
Keep your browser pointed right here as we will be updating the list below as the NLIs come in.
High School Recruits
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The first two NLIs are in for UCLA's most recent commitments, Christian Burkhalter and AJ Campbell.
This used to be such a massively fun day in February when we were recruiting well.