Profile: Dorian Thompson-Robinson
Location: Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Weight: 200 lbs.
Recruitment: The nation's No. 7-rated quarterback in the 2018 class picked the UCLA Bruins over Michigan, his mother's alma mater, in large part to his comfort level with the Los Angeles area. The choice wasn't much of a surprise given that Thompson-Robinson had spoken highly of UCLA since landing the offer at its elite camp last summer. That interest only went up when the Bruins brought in new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch from Michigan earlier this offseason. Thompson-Robinson took visits to Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina recently but UCLA's lead proved too big to overcome.
Scouting Report: Though rather inexperienced since he has yet to start a high school football game while backing up former five-star Tate Martell (Ohio State) at Gorman the last couple years, Thompson-Robinson has proven to be a major talent with tremendous upside. He has great arm strength that makes him capable of beating defenses deep but also fitting throws into tight windows. Thompson-Robinson shows good poise in the pocket, sound footwork to get the ball out with ease, but also the ability to roll to either side when the pocket collapses and extend plays with his legs. It's important to note that the Under Armour All-American and Elite 11 Finalist has demonstrated superb leadership skills in camps and 7-on-7 tournaments the last few years, and that command of the huddle is an important part of his game. Thompson-Robinson at times tries to force throws that might not necessarily be there, but he'll likely improve in that department as he gets more time behind center. He delivers the ball on time, does well to lead his receivers and, if something isn't quite there, has the speed to pick up chunks of yardage himself.
Overall Analysis: The depth chart at UCLA in 2018 and beyond looks quite favorable to Thompson-Robinson, especially if current starter Josh Rosen leaves UCLA for the NFL after this coming season, as has been projected for some time. The Bruins brought in two quarterbacks in 2016 and one in 2017, but with both Devon Modster and Matt Lynch redshirting last season and Austin Burton arriving just this spring, it appears that Thompson-Robinson could be on level ground in terms of college experience once he arrives on campus next summer. Thompson-Robinson could also have an impact on the recruiting trail as he looks to help build the Bruins' class, which features one Scout 300 receiver with several other targets still in play. It's a major coup for coach Jim Mora and Co. at a position of need during the ever-important spring evaluation period.