Football Recruiting: The Cornerbacks

UCLA is looking for at least a couple of elite cornerback prospects for this next class and, luckily, the talent is rich in the west and there are many that are already stating a preference for UCLA...


UCLA will bring in some athletes this fall and hopefully find some cornerbacks among them. But UCLA is thin at corner and they hope to bring in some really elite talent in this year's class, since it's pretty talent-deep. The Bruins will try to take at least two cornerbacks in next year's class.

Aaron Miller, 5-11, 175, 4.4, Fresno (Calif.) Edison. Considered among the elite DB prospects in the country, Miller looks fast and aggressive on tape. He comes from Ricky Manning's high school, is close with Ricky and has said in the past that UCLA is his #1 choice at this point. His coaches rave not only about his football talents but the type of kid he is. UCLA, obviously, has him as a high priority.

Joe Garcia, 6-0, 180, 4.4, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. Garcia was on the radar screen before the San Diego Nike Camp but went from a blip to an aircraft carrier when he blew up at the camp. He still has the fastest shuttle time in the nation from the Nike camps (3.82). UCLA offered him a month ago, which had Garcia excited since he and his family are life-long UCLA fans. He has some relatives in Arizona, so he's considering ASU also, as well as Stanford, but he's UCLA's to lose at this point. Garcia is a very good student.

Jerrod Page, 6-0, 185, 4.5, San Leandro (Calif.) Page also improved his stock this spring, at the Stanford Nike Camp, turning in one of the best performances by a DB. He's big and quick, and has a great body that could put on some muscle. Page said he was wide open, but in the past has said UCLA is his favorite since his brother went there a couple of years ago. He's also looking at Michigan, Tennessee, Cal and Michigan State. Another good student.

Dominic Roux, ATH/WR, 6-0, 170, Gardena (Calif.) Serra. A speedster, Roux is an athlete that could end up at wide receiver or possibly safety on the next level. He's still a raw football player, but he has great acceleration in the open field. He has said he favors UCLA over the likes of USC, Oregon and Oregon State.

Dominic Dixon, 5-10, 180, 4.4, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea. Considered one of the best on the west coast, Dixon is quick and built well. UCLA has had him as a target for a while and he has said he likes UCLA, as well as Washington and few others in the Pac-10, along with Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech.

Darius Conner, 5-11, 175, Inglewood (Calif.) High. One of the best in the L.A. area, Conner had a great junior year, being named All-CIF while collecting 10 interceptions. He is definitely high on UCLA's list and has said in the past he likes UCLA, USC, and other Pac-10s.

Albert Griffin, 6-0, 180, 4.6, Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany. Griffin is considered a nice prospect who could project to safety or another position. He is cousins with current UCLA safety Ben Emanuel and favors UCLA over Notre Dame, LSU, USC, and San Diego State, who has offered.

Keith Howell, ATH, 6-0, 185, 4.5, Newhall (Calif.) Hart. A nice-looking athlete from Hart, Howell is fast and has good quickness. He attended UCLA's junior day and UCLA likes him but, as with many college coaching staffs, doesn't know where to project him.

Richard Marshall, ATH/RB/WR, 6-1, 175, 4.4, Los Angeles (Calif.) Locke. A little bit of a mystery since not many have seen him, Marshall is said to be a stud. The Pac-10 is recruiting and even Nebraska, who could be the early favorite.

Marcus McCutcheon, 5-11, 4.5, 170, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison. Half brother of former USC player Daylon, McCutcheon looked very good at the San Diego Nike Camp. UCLA is recruiting him but he's a heavy lean to USC. Also considering Washington and Nebraska.

A.J. Martinez, 5-11, 175, 4.4, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison. McCutcheon's teammate, Martinez could be better than McCutcheon, with better speed and quickness. Martinez is also a USC lean, but UCLA is trying to wedge in there, along with Arizona and Nebraska.

Justin Wyatt, 5-11, 175, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. Considered one of the fastest DBs in the area, Wyatt is also very strong for his size. His mother went to UCLA but he favors USC at this time, but is also looking at Washington and Oregon.

Dashon Goldson, ATH, 5-11, 180, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne. A good-looking athlete, Goldson probably projects as a corner because of his size. He attended UCLA's junior day and has said that UCLA is among is favorites.

Vince Mays, 5-11, 185, Sacramento (Calif.) Johnson. Mays was one of the better defensive back prospects at the Stanford Nike Camp. He has the Pac-10 recruiting him and he's on UCLA's list.

Glen Ohaeri, ATH/RB, 5-9, 190, 4.5, San Bernardino (Calif.) Aquinas. Somewhat of sleeper, Ohaeri looked like a stud at the Stanford Nike Camp. He worked out with the running backs and he was absolutely no slouch, running a 4.5 40, a 3.89 shuttle, jumping 37 inches in the vertical and doing 23 reps on the bench. His highlight reel as a running back is very impressive - he's quick, shifty and probably the most difficult runner to bring down in SoCal. He could very well end up a running back on the next level but many feel he could be a Ricky Manning-type corner. He has offers from Cal, Arizona, ASU, Colorado and others. He has good grades and Stanford is after him. UCLA is trying to get in on him.

Maurice Mack, 6-1, 190, 4.5, Olatha (Kans.) North. A highly-recruited prospect, Mack is big and a hitter, and could end up at the safety position in college. UCLA is recruiting him, as well as Michigan, Illinois, Michigan State and others.

Willie Andrews, ATH/WR/RB, 5-10, 170, 4.4, Longview (Tex.) High. Another highly recruited athlete from Texas, Andrews is considered probably one of the best all-around athletes in the state. The local schools are on him hard and UCLA is trying.

Scott Ballew, ATH/RB, 5-11, 180, 4.4, Austin (Tex.) Westlake. A very interesting prospect, Ballew tested really well at the Texas A&M Nike Camp, recording some of the fastest numbers in the 40 and shuttle. He has said UCLA is his preference.

Jacob Carney, 5-11, 175, Lexington (Kent.) Lexington Catholic. A UCLA legacy, Carney is the nephew of former UCLA player Cormac Carney. Carney is considered one of the best prospects in the state of Kentucky and reportedly already has offers from Kentucky and Purdue.

Aaron Gipson, ATH/RB, 5-9, 170, Fontana (Calif.) High. A nice athlete but on the smaller side, Gipson is also a decent basketball player. He's on UCLA's list and has said he likes the Bruins.

Edorian McCullough, ATH/WR/RB, 5-11, 180, 4.4, Garland (Tex.) North Garland. One of the best all-around athletes in Texas, McCullough is being recruited at a few positions. UCLA is trying.

Noah Strozier, 5-11, 175, Rockhurst (Missouri) High. A big target in the midwest, UCLA is recruiting and Strozier has said UCLA is among his top five.

William Cooper, 6-1, 180, 4.4, Flint (Mich.) Northern. A prime prospect out of Michigan, UCLA is trying but it will be hard to make time competing with Michigan and Michigan State.

Antoine Bagwell, 5-11, 175, 4.4, East Lansing (Mich.) High. Another in Michigan who will be very tough to get away from Michigan, Bagwell is considered one of the best in the state. He has said he has UCLA in his top three.

Kenny Taylor, ATH/RB, 5-10, 172, 4.5, San Pedro (Calif.) High. A great kid who favors UCLA, Taylor is primarily a running back but UCLA is scouting him as an athlete and potential DB. He's a great student, wants to be a doctor and wants to go to UCLA.

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