Edge Rusher Collins Acheampong up to 8 schools, UCLA football makes a cut

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The Bruins have earned a spot as a finalist for one of the hottest prospects of 2023.

UCLA football is still noncommittal for its 2023 recruiting class, but remains in the mix for a handful of prospects, including intriguing dual-sport athlete Collins Acheampong. The 6-foot-8 pitcher announced Monday afternoon that the Bruins were one of his top eight finalists.

Alongside Cal, LSU, Oregon, Miami, Michigan, USC and Washington, UCLA will continue to compete for Acheampong’s commitment.

When UCLA offered the Fairmont Preparatory Academy (CA) product, it didn’t have a recruiting profile on 247Sports, ESPN, or Rivals, but it’s now listed on all three college football databases.

Acheampong is a four-star prospect according to 247Sports Composite and ESPN. However, on the former, he is listed as a tight end, while the latter has the 6-foot-7 prospect position as a defensive end.

The 247Sports Composite has Acheampong ranked No. 22 in California and No. 16 among tight ends, while ESPN ranked him No. 13 in the state and No. 23 among defensive ends.

Fairmont Prep disbanded its soccer program after the 2019 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so Acheampong has not played organized team soccer since. In his only season on the grid as a rookie, Acheampong recorded 51 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks and one fumble recovery.

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With soccer no longer an everyday option, Acheampong became a major fixture on the Fairmont Prep men’s basketball team and became an established local prospect in the field as well.

Acheampong has garnered a plethora of offers since the Bruins originally made him his first offer on Jan. 28. But on Feb. 7, the long defensive end spoke to 247Sports about what he specifically loved about UCLA.

“UCLA definitely feels like home and it’s closer to anyone I’m close to here,” Acheampong said. “He’s the director of player personnel, Ethan Young, who I’ve spoken to the most. Apart from him, I’m in touch with every single one of them and they all make me feel at home. The coach (Ikaika) Malloe is the one who will run things for me if I go, so I’m getting more personal with him.I met coach (Chip) Kelly on my first visit and it was just crazy. We talked for over 30 minutes right after my tour of the campus and facilities and he even went late to his ESPN interview so he was a real one for that UCLA is definitely the frontrunner.

Nearly two months have passed since he named the Bruins as his favorite, and since then Acheampong has received offers from the other seven members of his finalists.

Acheampong took part in the Under Armor Next Football Camp series in early March, continuing to garner attention and raise eyebrows as one of the West’s top 100 prospects. This weekend put Acheampong on the national map, and now UCLA has some serious recruiting competition.

The position of the edge rusher has changed in the Bruins’ defensive scheme, with the 4-2-5 being replaced by more than a base 4-3 and other multiple sets. As such, Acheampong would appear to be a defensive end for UCLA, a position that could yet boast transfers from North Texas Grayson and Gabriel Murphy in 2023, while Bo Calvert and Carl Jones could be set to exit at this time. that time.

Acheampong is one of many 2023 passers the Bruins are targeting, and they’re now on the verge of making him the top entry in their recruiting class on that front.

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