UCLA football gains third class of 2021 commit in 4-star recruit Devin Kirkwood
Four-star athlete Devin Kirkwood committed to UCLA football Thursday. Kirkwood recorded 34 tackles and six passes defended as a cornerback and safety at Junipero Serra in 2019. (Courtesy of Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)
By Sam Connon
May 14, 2020 5:42 p.m.
Chip Kelly has been working from home over the past few months, but he has still managed to reel in multiple recruits during quarantine.
The coach’s newest addition is his highest-ranked yet.
Four-star athlete Devin Kirkwood committed to UCLA football Thursday afternoon. Kirkwood – whose mother attended UCLA – is the third player in the class of 2021 to commit to the Bruins but is the only four-star of the bunch so far.
The Gardena, California, native narrowed his potential destinations to UCLA, Colorado, Notre Dame, California and Arizona State on May 5.
Immediately after Kirkwood committed, the Bruins took over the No. 6 spot in the 2021 Pac-12 recruiting rankings and are now ranked 71st nationally by 247Sports. UCLA’s average recruit rating of 88.40 ranks fourth in the Pac-12, behind only Oregon, USC and Utah.
Kirkwood is the No. 22 prospect in California and No. 231 prospect in the country according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, making him the fourth-highest nationally ranked commit since Kelly joined the program, behind only rising sophomore offensive lineman Sean Rhyan, rising junior wide receiver Chase Cota and incoming freshman linebacker Damian Sellers.
— Devin Kirkwood (@DevinKirkwood12) May 14, 2020
The Junipero Serra High School product has experience on both sides of the ball. Kirkwood played wide receiver, cornerback and safety in high school, but the 6-foot-3 athlete projects to primarily play corner at UCLA, according to Bruin Report Online.
Kirkwood racked up 34 tackles, six passes defended and one interception in 11 games his junior year.
247Sports recruiting expert Greg Biggins told Bruin Report Online that Kirkwood could become an “impact upper-tier Power 5 starter” and a “future mid round NFL draft pick.”
With the status of his final high school season up in the air because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kirkwood may not get a chance to add more game film to his resume this fall. Both UCLA and Junipero Serra are in Los Angeles County, which does not yet have a set end date to its “safer at home” order.