The Bruins possess made a grand-wanted addition to their offensive line.
Rutgers offensive variety out Raiqwon O’Neal committed to UCLA soccer on Sunday, he announced on Twitter and Instagram. O’Neal turned into as soon as in Westwood for a talk over with on Saturday, and it curiously did now not spend him lengthy to manufacture it his novel residence.
O’Neal is the eighth transfer to commit to the Bruins to this point this offseason, but he’s the first on the offensive line.
UCLA misplaced both its starting up tackles to the NFL Draft pool earlier this offseason, with both Alec Anderson and Sean Rhyan forgoing their final collegiate eligibility to pass knowledgeable. In consequence, the Bruins possess been in a scheme the place they possess been projected to originate rising sophomore Garrett DiGiorgio following real one originate in 2021 and pull a weak interior lineman exterior to originate on the other variety out field.
O’Neal wasn’t the ideal transfer variety out who took a talk over with Saturday, both, with Arkansas Negate’s Andre Harris also in Westwood for the weekend. North Texas edge rushers Gabriel and Grayson Murphy possess been also on the city for a talk over with.
The Bruins are now in line to originate O’Neal and DiGiorgio at variety out, and so they could presumably also add a third title into that blend reckoning on Harris’ eventual probability. Incoming freshman Sam Yoon and rising redshirt freshman Thomas Cole are a pair of of the younger gamers who could presumably also vie for taking part in time in the rupture, and Lucas Gramlick, Patrick Selna and Brad Whitworth remain to be weak objects on the narrate topic.
O’Neal is principally the most done of the bunch, though, with 21 begins on the Energy Five level already below his belt.
After taking part in four video games in a reserve characteristic in 2018, O’Neal played in 9 in 2019, even starting up four video games at left variety out. O’Neal took a soar in 2020, starting up eight video games at left variety out and incomes an honorable mention nod for the All-Enormous Ten physique of workers in the project.
O’Neal stayed regular in 2021, with Pro Soccer Focal point naming him an honorable mention for the All-Enormous Ten physique of workers after he appeared in 11 video games and started 9 at left variety out. O’Neal then entered the NCAA transfer portal on Jan. 20.
At 6-foot-4, 305 kilos, O’Neal packs essentially the most weight of any tackles of the Bruins’ roster despite being reasonably on the shorter aspect for his scheme. O’Neal has now not lower than one twelve months of eligibility final, presumably two if he can retroactively secure a redshirt for the 2018 season wherein he finest played four video games.
O’Neal will doubtless be working below novel offensive line coach Tim Drevno, who turned into as soon as an offensive analyst for the Bruins in 2021. Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Justin Frye departed for a job at Ohio Negate in January, so along with the novel faces at variety out, UCLA’s total offensive entrance will doubtless be below novel management.
With coach Chip Kelly attend, though, as well to quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson and working attend Zach Charbonnet returning, there will doubtless be a definite level of familiarity for the Bruins on offense even with two novel scheme coaches and six novel starters.
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