Once the national letter of intent arrives, All Bruins will scrutinize all recruits signed to UCLA in real time. Defensive lineman Grant Bucky.
Grant Bucky, defensive lineman
Birthplace: bakersfield, california
high school: freedom
height: 6 foot 5
weight: 265 pounds
Statistics for 2022: 15 GP, 64 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, 24 QBH, 4 PD, 1 FF, 1 FR
247 Sport Composite: Three stars, 62nd DL, 47th CA, 572nd overall
High School Offer: Arizona, Arizona, California, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon, San Jose, Stamford, UCLA, UNLV, USC (Decommit)Utah, Utah, Washington, Washington
Contract date: December 1, 2022
A month ago, Grant Buckey was becoming a Trojan horse. As of Wednesday, he’s officially a Bruin.
The defensive lineman from Liberty High School, Calif., signed a national agreement Wednesday with UCLA Football. Bruins staff tipped Bucky out of USC earlier this month when Trojan staff told him they were going to look to the transfer portal for more direct contributors.
USC’s loss turned into UCLA’s gain as the blues and gold acquired one of the top defensive linemen in the state.
In a statement released by the team, Bucky said, “I am thrilled to be in a place where I can be the best I can be in every way, and to be in a great environment to get better.
Bucky is a three-star recruit, according to 247Sports, Rivals, ESPN, and On3. In his composite for 247 Sports, Bucky ranks him 47th in California, 62nd in the country, 62nd in defensive linesman, and 572nd overall in his class.
Bucky ranks third among defensive linemen in California.
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In 15 games for the Liberty this season, Bucky has had 64 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, 24 quarterback Harleys, 4 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, and a fumble for a touchdown. Completed 1 recovery. As a junior, Bucky had 51 tackles, 15.0 lost tackles, 7.0 sacks, 12 quarterback rushes, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 passes defended. recorded.
Bucky’s father, Jeff, was an offensive lineman at Stanford before spending four years in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers. Bucky’s older brother, Zach, is now the Cardinal’s defensive lineman.
Coming in at 6 feet 5 inches and 265 pounds, Bucky played defensive end for Liberty. But the defensive coach of his line, Chad his Kawhaahaa, was responsible for recruiting the Bakersfield native so he could move to the inside at the college level rather than staying on the edge. rice field.
Sixth-year veteran Martin Andrus and Harvard alum Jacob Sykes are ineligible, but former USC Jay Toia and Duke transfer Gary Smith III will remain in the program. lacked depth, with former walk-on Dovid Magna and former fullback Siteveni Havili Kaufushi being the only other linemen to get playing time this fall.
Buckey is joining UCLA’s 2023 recruiting class with yet-to-be-signed three-star Liberty (NV) product AJ Fuimaono.
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