UCLA's 2015 recruiting class was supposed to be a small one, but as more and more elite prospects come on board, it's going to be hard to turn them away.
With the commitment of four-star Utah offensive tackle Andre James last night, UCLA now has the highest average star rating of any school in the country, with a 3.89 average star ranking, moving past Michigan, which has the second-highest at 3.88.
The Class Rankings
So far, the class is made up of two five-stars in Josh Rosen and Alize Jones; four four-stars in Andre James, Stephen Johnson, Tevita Halalilo, and L.J. Reed; and three three-stars in T.J. Simmons, Victor Alexander, and Bolu Olorunfunmi. As it stands, Simmons is expected to get a fourth star when the next set of rankings come out, which would bump the nine-man average to an even four stars.
Projecting a little bit ahead, the Bruins are also likely leading for five-star defensive end Keisean Lucier South, four-star center Fred Ulu-Perry, four-star offensive tackle Dru Samia, four-star outside linebacker Osa Masina, four-star offensive guard Josh Wariboko, four-star cornerback Dechaun Holiday, and four-star wide receiver Cordell Broadus. Of that group, Masina has a legitimate chance of becoming a five-star as well, with Greg Biggins opining that he may now be the best linebacker prospect in the West. If UCLA signed just that 16-man class (which is still going to be a tall order, even if the Bruins are leading for each of those guys right now), and Simmons becomes a four-star, the Bruins would have a 4.06 star average, which would be the best of any school with a 15+ person class since USC in 2010.
Obviously, UCLA is still in it for a variety of other prospects where the Bruins may be anywhere in the top two or three, such as five-star defensive end Rasheem Green, five-star cornerback Iman Marshall, four-star defensive end Canton Kaumatule, four-star middle linebacker Roquan Smith, four-star safety Marvell Tell, four-star wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, four-star defensive end Porter Gustin, four-star outside linebacker Cassius Peat, four-star running back Sotonye Jamabo, four-star receiver Ryan Newsome, four-star running back Ray-Ray McCloud, and a host of others. If the Bruins have a good season, we could see them landing four or five of those guys.
If UCLA does end up signing 20+ players in this class, as it now looks like the Bruins will, this could shape up to be one of the highest-rated classes in UCLA history.