Football Recruiting: Offensive Line

It's probably one of the deepest years for offensive line prospects in the west in recent memory, and UCLA is in a position to pick and choose. Having recruited well at offensive line in recent years, UCLA can target the elite guys, like Nathan Rhodes and Winston Justice...


UCLA has done well in recruiting offensive linemen the last several years. This year, they're looking to bring in three OLs, and possibly four if the fourth is an elite prospect.

Nathan Rhodes, 6-7, 302, East Bakersfield (Calif.) High. Rhodes is big, and quick for his size, and proved at the San Diego Nike Camp that he's one of the best on the west coast and will earn AA honors nationally. UCLA is his clear leader, while he also lists USC, Texas A&M, Kansas (family), and Cal. He could be an early verbal, possibly by the start of the season.

Winston Justice, 6-6, 280, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Justice and Rhodes are generally considered the top two OL prospects on the west coast, and UCLA leads heavily for both. Justice had the most bench reps at San Diego Nike, and showed great quickness. He's getting recruited prety heavily by USC and Washington, but everyone close to the situation says he'll be a Bruin.

James Bonelli, 6-5, 280, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure. Showed some nice things at the San Diego Nike, and is among the top five OLs in the west and is making some national lists. Could be a package with teammate, RB Lorenzo Booker, even though packages seldom work out. USC is going hard after him, as are other west coast schools. He has said for a while, before recruiting really heated up this spring, that UCLA was his favorite.

Kyle Williams, 6-6, 270, Dallas, (Tex.) Highland Park. One of the best in the nation and in Texas, which, sometimes, is saying the same thing. Williams is supposed to be very athletic, and he likes the west coast a lot, partcularly UCLA as well as USC since his mother's from Southern California. Both SoCal schools will be battling the Texas schools and other national powers for him.

Nate Vander Pol, 6-5, 280, Federal Way (Wash.) High. A very good-looking prospect, with great size, Vander Pol came all the way from Washington to watch UCLA's final spring scrimmage - and came away saying UCLA was his favorite. Stanford, Arizona, Washington and Notre Dame will be involved also.

David Beall, 6-5 295, Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View. Another elite OL prospect from Washington, Beall is a great all-around prospect and a great student, carrying a 3.9 GPA. His top three schools are UCLA, Stanford and Washington.

J.C. Ronnfelt, 6-3, 300, Federal Way (Wash.) Decatur. Again, another great OL prospect from Washington, Ronnfelt is being conveted by the entire Pac-10. Considered one of the best pure inside OL guys in the class, he likes Washington and Oregon, while UCLA is gaining, along with USC and Nebraska.

Justin Blaylock, 6-4, 340, Plano (Tex.) East. Listed among the best in the nation, Blaylock was considered the best OL prospect at the Texas A&M Nike Camp. He's getting blitzed by all of the big names and UCLA is trying.

John Parada, 6-7, 325, Alta Loma (Calif.) High. Having been a UCLA lean at one time, it now seems like Parada is torn between UCLA and USC. He didn't have a great showing at the Nike Camp in San Diego, looking overweight and slow. If he can trim down, he has a chance to be a good one.

Dan Johnson, 6-3, 270, North Medford (Ore.) High. Probably considered the best OL prospect in Oregon for this class, Johnson is another elite guard prospect - a real inside guy that UCLA wants. A good student, he's looking at Stanford, Cal, UCLA, and Northwestern.

Stephen Berg, 6-6, 305, Tucson (Ariz.) Canyon Del Oro. Somewhat unknown outside of Arizona, Berg is generally considered the best OL prospect in the state. Some who have seen him quite a bit think he should be ranked among the best in the west and possibly the country. UCLA is recruiting him.

Robin Kezirian, 6-4, 270, Fresno (Calif.) Central. These are the type of recruits you like to see. Kezirian is the nephew of Ed Kezirian, the UCLA football Director of Academic Services and the cousin of current UCLA tight end Blaine Kezirian. Robin is considered a very talented prospect and a great fit for UCLA since he also projects as an inside player.

Neal Tweedie, 6-4, 290, Allen (Tex.) High. One of the best in Texas, Tweedie likes UCLA along with the usual Texas suspects.

Robert Chai, 6-4, 275, Newport Beach (Calif.) Newport Harbor. Definitely a guy to watch, Chai is under-rated in a year that's deep in offensive line prospects. UCLA is high on him, and Chai likes UCLA. Cal might be leading, and UCLA and USC are trying.

Ernest Guerrero, 6-4, 280, Pico Rivera (Calif.) El Rancho. A solid offensive line prospect, Guerrero was among the best at the San Diego Nike camp. Good-sized and with fairly quick feet, Guerrero has said that UCLA would be his favorite if offered.

Chris Felder, 6-6, 294, Oelwein (Iowa) High. A big, burly kid from the midwest, Felder has shown UCLA some interest and UCLA is scouting him.

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