UCLA signs high school recruits with championship experience

Three players with a combined seven high school state championships have committed to UCLA.

UCLA announced Tuesday that high school seniors Micah Ma’a, Davis Gillett and Spencer Sachs have all signed national letters of intent to play for the Bruins beginning in 2016.


Ma’a, a 6-foot-2 setter from Honolulu, helped lead the U.S. Boys Youth National Team to the gold medal this summer at the NORCECA U-19 Championships and was named the Best Setter at the international tournament. As a three-sport high school athlete, Ma’a also has won five state champions — three volleyball titles, a football title and a basketball title.

Gillett, a 5-foot-10 libero from Huntington Beach, California, has won back-to-back state championships with his high school team. In addition, Gillett helped Huntington Beach extend its current winning streak to 64 matches, including finishing last season 40-0 and losing a combined six games the entire season.

Sachs, a 6-foot libero from Deerfield, Illinois, won a high school regional championship as a junior last season. He also is a two-time recipient of his high school’s First Class Award and serves as the president of a community organization that helps local charities.

This latest early recruiting class follows UCLA landing a nation-best 12 recruits ranked in the Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 during coach John Speraw’s first two seasons with the Bruins.

UCLA overcame numerous player injuries last season to finish in fifth place in the MPSF and reach in the conference tournament quarterfinals. Among the returning starters for the Bruins in 2015 includes middle attacker Mitch Stahl and libero Jackson Bantle, who were both All-MPSF Freshman Team selections last year.