UCLA has been in the market for a high-profile receiver from the Class of 2013 for quite some time now. And it appears as if the search for a premier pass-catcher has finally come to an end following Tuesday’s news about Eldridge Massington committing to the Bruins.
The 6-foot-3 and 203-pound playmaker from Mesquite (TX) West Mesquite was a one-time USC commit. He recently opened up the recruiting process, however. Massington decided UCLA was the best possible fit for him, a fact that doesn’t figure to sit well with the Trojans.
"I'm happy to be a Bruin and I thank God for guiding me through making this decision,'' Massington told 247Sports recruiting analyst Justin Hopkins. "I love the coaches and the offense, I think it fits me very well. Coach Adrian Klemm is my primary recruiter and I feel close to him and the other coaches. I'm happy to be a Bruin."
Signs point to his recent visit to Westwood, on Dec. 10, being one of the determining factors. It’s worth nothing that Massington had nothing but good things to day about the Bruins afterward. A few days beforehand, on Dec. 7., he took an official trip to Alabama. Another stop for him was Arizona State, on Dec. 14. That said, UCLA had plenty of competition for him.
The Bruins were lacking a marquee recruit at the position, no question about it. Perhaps that added to the appeal for Massington. Regardless, in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, he is the nation’s No. 20 receiver and No. 25 player overall from the Lone Star State.
Massington will most likely battle fellow senior commits Mossi Johnson of Los Angeles (CA) Crenshaw, Darren Andrews from La Puente (CA) Bishop Amat and Ammon Barker from Sandy (UT) Alta for a chance to earn playing time when the group steps foot on campus.
With a commitment seemingly locked up from Massington, it will be interesting to see if UCLA continues to pursue Devon Allen. The senior from Phoenix (AZ) Brophy Prep was once thought to be one of the more high-profile receiver targets of the Bruins coaching staff.
With Massington in the mix, the need for a big-name player at the wideout spot could no longer exist. It appears as if UCLA has found the final piece to the puzzle.
Sean Ceglinsky has covered prep and college sports on the West Coast for the better part of the past 15-plus years. Follow him on twitter: @SeanCeglinsky