UCLA football recruiting 2014: Bruins hoping to translate on-field success to recruiting

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The Bruins have not yet matched the recruiting excellence from last year, but have plenty of room to fill out their class.

UCLA has seen a renaissance under Jim Mora, Jr., winning the Pac-12 South in his first year as a head coach and recording the top 2013 recruiting class in the conference (and seventh in the nation). The Bruins' 2014 class has gotten out to a bit of a slower start, but there's enough room left for significant improvement.

UCLA's 2014 class ranks 56th in the 247composite team rankings. That's good for seventh in the Pac-12, which looks less bad when you consider they have just nine commitments.

The Bruins have picked up two commitments in the month of September -- four-star cornerback Adarius Pickett and three-star cornerback Denzel Fisher.

Top Bruins

Pickett is the star of the class so far. The cornerback from El Cerrito (Ca.) High School is considered a four-star prospect by the 247sports composite. He is rated as the 15th-best cornerback in the nation and the 13th-best player in the state.

Austin Roberts is another key component of the Bruins' 2014 class. The wide receiver from Carmel (In.) High School is considered a four-star prospect by the 247sports composite. He is ranked as the 24th-best receiver in the country and the second-best player in the state.

Barry Ware is also a big part of the UCLA class. The wide receiver from Centennial (Ca.) High School is considered a three-star prospect by the 247sports composite. He is ranked as the 52nd-best receiver in the nation and the 40th-best player in the state.

On target

Ainuu Taua, of Lompoc (Calif.) High School, is an undersized, but very active defensive tackle who also holds interest from Ole Miss and Oklahoma. Taua is a four-star recruit.

Bryce Dixon, of Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure, is a four-star tight end who also holds offers from USC, Miami, Oregon and Arizona State.

John "JuJu" Smith, of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, is an excellent safety, rated five-stars, who also holds interest from Notre Dame, USC, Alabama and Michigan.

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