UCLA football poised for late recruiting win in 2024 class

UCLA football is trending to land Keona Wilhite, a 2024 EDGE that was signed with Washington at one point.
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For all intents and purposes, the 2024 college football recruiting class is in the books. Most of the action happened on Early Signing Day back in December. However, there is another signing day approaching and there are still some talented recruits that haven't signed.

One of those is three-star defensive end/EDGE Keona Wilhite out of Arizona. He actually did commit and signed with the Washington Huskies but was released from his letter of intent when Kalen DeBoer left to take the Alabama job.

Since then, Wilhite has been targeted by a number of different programs such as Nebraska, Michigan State, Texas, and also UCLA. Wilhite just announced that he was down to three times, at least according to what he told Bryan Munson of Husker Online.

He was supposed to take a visit to Texas but that ended up getting canceled. And on Tuesday, UCLA football started trending with crystal ball projections for the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end out of Arizona.

There have been some rumors about Chip Kelly possibly leaving UCLA football to coach in the NFL but that doesn't seem to be an issue for Wilhite.

Nebraska football is expected to have head coach Matt Rhule visit Wilhite in Arizona this week. The defensive end would be a linebacker in the Huskers' 3-3-5 system and took an official visit to Lincoln a couple of weeks ago. Tony White, the defensive coordinator also made an in-home visit last week.


Wilhite will announce his decision on or before national signing day and with the dead period approaching, Friday, if Rhule makes his visit, will be the final chance to sway things in the favor of Nebraska over UCLA football.