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UCLA football gets commitment from tight end Matt Alaimo

By in Press Enterprise on February 1, 2018

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

Five wide receivers aren’t enough play-makers in the passing game for head coach Chip Kelly during this recruiting cycle as UCLA added a verbal commitment from tight end Matt Alaimo on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound three-star prospect is Kelly’s 19th known verbal commitment for the 2018 recruiting class with one week left before National Signing Day on Feb. 7.

COMMITTED!!!🐻💙💛 #GoBruins #4sUp pic.twitter.com/84K4FobBlD

— Matt Alaimo (@Matt_Alaimo) January 31, 2018

Alaimo was also considering offers from Texas A&M and Auburn. He briefly lent his verbal commitment to Pitt in December, but backed off on Dec. 21. He was recruited by in-state Rutgers as a dual-sport athlete, according to NJ.com, as he is also a star first baseman for St. Joseph Regional High.

Despite losing Austin Roberts to the NFL draft early, the Bruins still return a deep group of tight ends, led by Caleb Wilson, whose breakout year was cut short by a foot injury. Along with Wilson, who is expected to be healthy next season, UCLA will have former Michigan transfer Devin Asiasi, who sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules, Jordan Wilson, Moses Robinson-Carr and Jimmy Jaggers.

Alaimo is the only tight end Kelly has for this class so far, but adds another weapon on offense for the Bruins, who signed a trio of four-star receivers last month and have commitments from two more three-star receivers.

The group is ranked 18th in the country according to 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings and fourth in the Pac-12.

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