One of the state’s top linemen is still considering the Bruins as his recruiting grows tight.
Class of 2023 offensive tackle Raymond Pulido narrowed his list of options down to five schools and announced his finalists Sunday night. UCLA Football, Alabama, Arizona, Oregon and Louisville are the remaining contenders in the race for Pulido’s upcoming engagement.
Pulido has had offers from Boston College, Maryland, Miami (FL), Michigan, Ole Miss, Tennessee, UNLV, Washington and Washington State, but those schools don’t appear to be in the running for now.
The Bruins sent Pulido his offer on Jan. 20, a day before UCLA hired Tim Drevno as offensive line coach. However, Pulido tagged Drevno in his tweet announcing the offer, so it appears that the then-obvious analyst was involved in his recruitment before officially taking on the new role.
UCLA had been recruiting Pulido since September 1, when Justin Frye was still leading the position group.
Pulido made it to Westwood on April 13th for an unofficial visit, followed by an official visit on May 20th. Miami and Tennessee have both received Pulido for unofficial guests, while Louisville had him in town for an official visit this weekend.
When UCLA first offered Pulido, he was still in Apple Valley, CA, but has since moved to St. John Bosco, CA. The Bruins have had a lot of success recruiting from local Bellflower High School in the past, attracting everyone from current players Stephan Blaylock, Logan Loya and JonJon Vaughns to alumni like Josh Rosen and new recruits like Ty Lee.
At 6-foot-7 and 345 pounds, Pulido brings a mature physique and plenty of strength to the table. Pulido has experience playing on both sides of the ball, but he’s specialized on the offensive line and earned a Division 3 All-CIF Honors as a tackle in 2021.
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Pulido is a three-star recruit according to 247Sports and On3, but he’s earned four stars from Rivals. In the 247Sports Composite, Pulido is the 34th recruit in California, the 38th offensive tackle in the country, and the 470th overall contender in his class.
Depending on the outlet, Pulido is ranked as either #1 or #2 in the state.
UCLA lost its two starting offensives of recent years – Sean Rhyan and Alec Anderson – to the NFL at the start of this offseason. Rutgers transfer Raiqwon O’Neal and Oregon transfer Jaylan Jeffers have arrived to compete for the vacancies, but not much has been done to keep the jobs long-term.
Local three-star tackle Sam Yoon was the only offensive lineman signed as part of the Bruins’ 2022 recruit class, and to date none of their 2023 commits are offensive linemen.
However, Drevno’s acquisition introduced several new variables into the equation, and UCLA is now competing for the best of the best in California to try to build the future of the position. All the ranks that don’t have Pulido as the No. 1 in the state have Elishah Jackett on the spot, and he, too, has a UCLA bid and put the Bruins in his top five on May 12.
Spencer Fano, Caleb Lomu, Heath Ozaeta and Luke Baklenko are the other tackles who have received offers from the Bruins and they are all West Coast prospects.
Pulido, now one step away from joining UCLA if he chooses to, is a key figure in a potentially crucial recruiting class for the Bruins at the forefront.
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