The talent just keeps flowing into Westwood.
Elite offensive lineman Dominick Jackson from the College of San Mateo committed to the UCLA Bruins earlier today (via recruiting.scout.com). Jackson chose the Bruins over Alabama, Southern Cal, Ohio State, Oregon, Florida State, Texas A&M and Florida, among others.
In 2013, he signed seven highly talented recruits to play on the offensive line. Based on sheer numbers and overall talent, it could be the best offensive line class in the entire nation. Even more startling, four of the seven didn't even hail from the state of California. Klemm went as a far as Tennessee and Texas in order to garner commitments from elite-level talent.
What's the secret?
For one thing, Klemm can relate extremely well to recruits. He's very well spoken and is relatively young at only 36 years of age. He's also a native of the greater Los Angeles area. Naturally, it won't be difficult for him to sell his stomping grounds.
In terms of a resume, few offensive line coaches can match the one Klemm has accrued throughout the years. Klemm played in the NFL for six seasons. During his time with the New England Patriots, he was a member of three Super Bowl champions. Additionally, he played on a line that helped to protect Tom Brady. Those impressive credentials truly resonate with recruits.
Klemm has played and won on the highest level, and he knows how to get players there.
Klemm's relationship with Jackson surely helped in getting a commitment. With Jackson in the fold, it shores up a potential hole in 2014. Xavier Su'a-Filo is the lynchpin on UCLA's current line. He's extremely talented, and it wouldn't be a shock to see him jump to the NFL after the 2013 season.
Theoretically, Jackson could come in and replace Su'a-Filo at the guard spot, though replacing the All-Pac-12 performer and potential first-round selection would be a tall task for anyone. However, Jackson is massively talented in his own right.
At 6'7" and 305 pounds, Jackson is already big enough to compete at the collegiate level. For a man his size, he's very athletic and mobile. Jackson is very good at getting to the second level and is physical at the point of attack.
Though he probably could start for UCLA right now, Jackson's best football is ahead of him as he continues to get stronger and gain experience.
As for UCLA's offensive line recruiting for 2014, there are still a few targets out there. Another JUCO prospect, Jermaine Eluemunor, is a big target. He's slated to visit Westwood the end of this week (via rivals.com). Also, Demetrius Knox and Natrell Curtis are being heavily pursued.
Should UCLA sign a class with even two of the names mentioned above, a cementation of the offensive line depth will continue.
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