CBS Sportsline (Barton Simmons):
Losers in Los Angeles
UCLA: Already working on a disappointing class that came into the day ranked 43rd in the country, UCLA had five targets it was focused on adding. The batting average at the end of the day was .000 with one pending. The lineup isn’t pretty:
- Linebacker Tuasivi Nomura signed with USC.
- Defensive back Kenyon Reed signed with Kansas State.
- Linebacker Drew Fowler elected to walk-on at Washington instead of accepting a scholarship at UCLA. Ouch.
- Running back Jordan Wilmore signed with Utah.
- Wide receiver Puka Nacua has yet to sign but is projected by most to land at Washington, Oregon or Utah.
- Chip Kelly’s recruiting effort will need a facelift in the 2020 cycle.
USC: The Trojans are finishing up their lowest-ranked class of the internet recruiting era. Wednesday featured a few commitments but nothing like we’re used to seeing with USC. More notable were the losses. Hawaiian offensive lineman Enokk Vimahi chose Ohio State over USC, but more expected was the loss to Ohio State for Midwest offensive lineman Dawand Jones. The Trojans did get a National Letter of Intent from five-star wide receiver Kyle Ford, but another highly-regarded wide receiver in Puka Nacua declined to sign. In fact, despite Nacua being committed to the Trojans, he’s got about four other programs in a better position as his decision approaches. USC may have found some future stars and NFL talents on Wednesday but they weren’t the kind of players that other programs were valuing in the same way we’ve come to expect.