After his first year away from the islands, Fred Ulu-Perry Jr. has decided to return home. Out of high school, he decided to play for the UCLA Bruins but ultimately decided that it was not a good fit for him.
Ulu-Perry's transfer from Los Angeles will hurt the Bruins as he was a highly touted recruit out of high school. He was rated as high as a four-star recruit by ESPN and even broke their top 300 ranking 69 overall. Along with ESPN, 247 Sports also rated him as a four-star recruit.
Scouting reports note that Ulu-Perry plays a physical brand of football and that paired with his athleticism will make a very good interior lineman in the future. He did play tackle in high school but it is noted that his lack of size may hinder his effectiveness on the edge.
Upon learning of his decision, the Bruins rejected his request to be released from his scholarship due to the game scheduled between UCLA and Hawaii on September 9, 2017. In the end, Jim Mora (the UCLA head coach) decided to grant his release.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, he will have to sit out a year and will be eligible to return to play in the 2017 season. Since he played as a true freshman at UCLA he maintains his redshirt and will not lose a year of eligibility due to the rule.
His position: OL
His measurables: Measurements are taken from his 2014 Nike Combine results and his UCLA profile.
|Height||6 feet 2 inches|
|20-yard Shuttle||4.68 seconds|
|Vertical Jump||27.7 inches|
|Power Throw||42.5 feet|
In his years prior to UH: Fred Ulu-Perry Jr. played for the UCLA Bruins, the school he signed with coming out of Saint Louis high school in 2015. While at UCLA, he played in eight games (starting zero) on both the offensive and defensive lines; he finished his career at UCLA with three tackles.
In his prep school days, he earned first team all-state honors twice and was the KHON2 Cover2 Olin Kreutz Award Winner (awarded to the best offensive line man). In addition, to football Ulu-Perry lettered in basketball and track.
His tape: Linked to here from the University of Hawaii Football media team.
You can also check out his Hudl highlights and a quick analysis from the Nike combine in 2014.
Stay tuned for more recruiting news and analysis for Hawaii Football's 2016 recruiting class.