The Bruins may be out of options to bolster tackles this coming fall, but they appear to be making an effort to build out the position group going forward.
UCLA Football expanded a scholarship offer on Thursday for the class of 2023 offensive tackle Raymond Pulido, the local prospect announced on Twitter on Thursday. Pulido just finished his junior season in Apple Valley (CA) and now measures in at 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds.
Pulido also has offers from Washington, Arizona, Miami (FL) and Maryland.
Beyond the scope that Pulido would bring to the table wherever he goes, the San Bernardino County left tackle would fill a position of need in Westwood.
Left tackle Sean Rhyan and right tackle Alec Anderson both declared themselves for the 2022 NFL Draft, keeping them thin on the position into 2022 and beyond. Garrett DiGiorgio, the up-and-coming sophomore, made a few good tackles, but the only other player on the roster with in-game experience at both tackle spots is real-life guard Jon Gaines II.
Sam Yoon is the lone signer of the offensive line of the 2022 recruiting class and he played tackle in Loyola (CA). 2021 recruit Thomas Cole and 2020 recruit Patrick Selna are the other pure tackles planned.
Pulido is bigger and heavier than any of UCLA’s current tackling options, with fellow six-foot, 300-pound fellow Lucas Gramlick graduating next season.
Pulido was a nose guard on the other side of the ball as an underclassman. Since becoming a more exclusive offensive lineman, Pulido stood out physically and especially impressed in the run game, earning Division 3 All-CIF Honors for 2021.
The 247Sports Composite and ESPN have no stars or numbers for Pulido, while Rivals has placed him at number 48 as a three-star lineman in the state of California.
UCLA has officially recruited Pulido since September, but there have been several significant changes in staffing since then.
Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Justin Frye has left for a job at Ohio State and the Bruins have not yet officially announced his replacement. Pulido tagged offensive analyst Tim Drevno in his tweet about his UCLA offering, and Drevno has been reported as Coach Chip Kelly’s pick to become the next offensive line coach.
Three of the six schools that offered Pulido a scholarship have changed head coaches, so Kelly’s extension has at least helped the Bruins avoid that company. Washington fired Jimmy Lake and replaced him with Fresno State coach Kalen DeBoer, and DeBoer relisted Pulido after he arrived in Seattle. Mario Cristobal has also re-listed Pulido from Miami (FL).
UCLA does not have 2023 commits on the offensive side of the ball, but the staff has now sent three scholarship offers for offensive tackles.
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