With offensive line being a yearly position of need for UCLA, it is big news that Bruins get Noah Pulealii from Salinas, CA.
At 6-3 and weighs 312 pounds, Pulealii, played both guard and right tackle at Palma High School in Salinas and likely can slide over to either at the next level.
247Sports.com has him ranked as four-star recruit, while the composite has him as a three star. He is the nation’s 27th ranked guard prospect and 47th-ranked player in the state of California, according to 247Sports.
Pulealii had offers from Utah, Colorado, Washington, and both Arizona schools, as well as Florida, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
He got his UCLA offer in May and committed in August, thanking his school coaches and others in the process.
— Noah Pulealii (@YRNnoah29) August 27, 2020
Film study on Pulealii shows he has strength off the snap and drive blocks very well. He has very good footwork and technically good hands.
As of now, the Bruins are returning all offensive linemen with the possible exception of grad transfer Paul Grattan. With the one-year NCAA rules on eligibility, Grattan could also come back, but that is TBD at this point. What the Bruins have lacked over the years is depth at the position. One or two injuries has caused them to have to go to true freshmen. The signing of Pulealii and fellow offensive line commit Thomas Cole shows the emphasis assistant coach Justin Frye put on brining in more size up front.