It may no longer be the many thin blue line UCLA fans feared.
The verbal commitment of Jaylan Jeffersan Oregon offensive tackle that tweeted Thursday on his intra-Pac-12 transfer, he could reinforce what was widely regarded as the Bruins’ main weakness after losing Sean Rhyan and Alec Anderson in the NFL draft.
Jeffers is the second offensive tackle to move to UCLA in hopes of immediate playing time, joining Raiqwon O’Neal, an honorable mention of last season’s All-Big Ten selection at Rutgers.
Unlike O’Neal, Jeffers, 6ft 5,291lb, a freshman in red jersey, didn’t play much in college, appearing in only one game with the Ducks. Jeffers, the once three-star prospect of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro High, didn’t play in 2020 before making his college debut last season. He has four seasons of remaining eligibility and becomes the second Oregon player to move to UCLA, after cornerback Jaylin Davies.
Garrett DiGiorgio, Josh Carlin and converted defensive lineman Tyler Manoa took part in the Bruins’ offensive tackle this spring with mixed results. The depth chart expects to remain fluid as Jeffers and O’Neal arrive before the fall camp as the Bruins bid to produce another 1,000-yard rusher and protect quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson.