Analysis: Brett Hundley's Impact

Despite getting commitments previously from some talented recruits for 2011, this week UCLA might have gotten its biggest-impact commitment when elite quarterback Brett Hundley decided to commit to UCLA...

Profile: Brett Hundley

Position: Quarterback
Location: Chandler, Ariz.- Chandler HS
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 217 pounds

Recruiting: Colorado was the first school to offer Brett Hundley, doing so a year ago, and it's interesting how the three schools that Rick Neuheisel has coached all factored into it- Colorado being his first offer and Washington and UCLA, his two most recent stops, being the finalists.  Washington appeared to be the front-runner for Hundley as recently as mid-August, and it looked like the Huskies would be adding the West's top passer to a pass-catching duo of the region's top tight end and receiver.  But a visit to UCLA in August, Hundley's second visit to Westwood, for the Bruins' Fall Scrimmage was the boost that UCLA needed and Hundley said he just "felt it" following that trip.

What to Like: Hundley is a dual-threat quarterback, who wants to be known as a passing quarterback.  He has the capability to run, and run well, when he needs to, and he's more than able to beat you with his legs.  But it's his arm strength and ability to make the deep pass that is what stands out.  Scout.com's Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy said: "Hundley is a big, strong quarterback with exceptional footwork and balance. With his combination of size and strength as a runner, he's tough to knock off of his feet or to wrap up as he pulls through tacklers. Has a bit of a wind-up in his release that seems to disappear when he throws on the run. Has good arm strength and shows good touch on deep passes to compliment the good touch he puts on the ball while on a bootleg."  He's also a fiery competitor and commands respect in the huddle.

What may be of concern: Hundley's release, with a bit of a wind-up, is something he'll need to continue to iron out as well as his overall mechanics.  He'll have a noted quarterback coach in Norm Chow and a former quarterback coach in Rick Neuheisel to work with him.  But you can't teach the arm strength and athleticism he has.

Overall Analysis: UCLA has gotten a couple of top 10 quarterbacks the past few years in Richard Brehaut and Nick Crissman, but neither brought the dual-threat ability that Hundley will bring.  With UCLA using more of the Pistol/Revolver offensively, Hundley is a natural fit for that offense.  More importantly, Hundley gives UCLA a much-needed young quarterback, a big deal when you consider all four of UCLA's scholarship quarterbacks are sophomores.  When they lost Brett Nottingham in the 11th hour before Signing Day for the 2010 class, it made the need to get an elite quarterback in this class that much greater.  Also, it gives the Bruins another top player from out-of-state, a noted improvement under Neuheisel as well as the West's top quarterback, which from a P.R. standpoint, is significant.  Hundley is easily the most important recruit for UCLA in the 2011 class, and while they could end up with higher-rated recruits nationally, none were more needed than Hundley.

Brandon is in his sixth year with Scout.com, currently as the West Regional Manager. Prior to joining Scout, he spent three years as an o-line and tight ends coach in the high school ranks.
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