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UCLA Football Recruiting: 2022 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 2022 Early Signing Period begins today!
For the fifth 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.
That doesn’t change the fact that today is 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 there will be no coverage by ESPN or any other major network today. Pac-12 Networks should have some coverage starting at 8 am this morning.
At this point, this year’s class is easily the best Chip Kelly has had in terms of highly ranked recruits. Of the 12 high school recruits who have committed so far, half of them are four-star recruits. That’s a blue-chip ratio of 50% for this class.
The big problem with the class is it’s still pretty small at this point.
The Bruins had more than 20 players participate in Senior Night a few weeks ago and they’ve had more than 10 guys announce that they are entering the transfer portal. That means more than 30 guys could be leaving the program.
So, a recruiting class of just 12 high school recruits doesn’t come close to replenishing the talent on the roster.
The good news, of course, is that recruiting doesn’t end today. Recruits who don’t sign this week will be able to sign on the traditional National Signing Day in February.
And, then, there’s also the transfer portal, which has worked well for the Bruins in the Chip Kelly era.
There may be surprises in the works for today. UCLA’s Director of Player Personnel tweeted three BOOM!’s yesterday. One was likely for Duke transfer receiver Jake Bobo and another was likely for safety Kamari Ramsey who announced that he is flipping from Stanford to UCLA. Who is the third? Stay tuned.
I would feel a lot better about this class if it was twice the size it is now with the same blue chip makeup, but it is what it is right now. We’ll see what happens.
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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