Football Recruiting: The Quarterbacks

The first installment of UCLA's recruiting target list starts, of course, with the quarterbacks. It includes some elite, nationally-ranked QBs that UCLA is doing very well with, such as the Olson duo, Drew from Piedmont and Ben from Thousand Oaks...

More than likely UCLA will look to take two quarterbacks in the next recruiting class.

Drew Olson, 6-2, 185, Piedmont (Calif.) High, Considered one of the best quarterbacks on the west coast, and listed commonly among the best in the nation. UCLA leads for Michigan, Washington, Texas, Cal, and USC for him. UCLA,Wash, Call offer…UCLA dream school.

Ben Olson, 6-5, 200, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High. Getting more attention this spring, the big lefty is now considered among the best in the country. Even if he goes on a Mormon mission, UCLA could still pursue and possibly bring him in two years down the road. BYU is obviously the competition, but Cal, Stanford and others are also. UCLA has been showing him a lot of interest and it's becoming mutual. If UCLA gets him and he intends to go on a mission, they could conceivably take two other quarterbacks in next year's recruiting class.

Trent Edwards, 6-4, 185, Los Gatos (Calif.) High. Put up some of the best passing numbers in the state as a junior, Edwards is among the best two or three in the west and the top 10 in the nation. Long thought to be a heavy lean to Stanford, Edwards is showing quite a bit of interest in UCLA.

Matt Moore, 6-5, 180, Newhall (Calif.) Hart. A quarterback from Hart who didn't play as a junior but was an all-CIF defensive back. Sound familiar? UCLA probably won't make the same mistake again like they did with Hart's Kyle Boller a few years ago. Moore is a heavy UCLA lean, and if he looks good at camps this summer, particularly UCLA's one-day camp in June, you could expect UCLA to want to take him. The beauty here is that UCLA will have many scholarships to give and Moore is a legit safety prospect that you wouldn't be wasting a scholarship on. Also, if UCLA gets a commitment from Ben Olson, Moore could be the perfect fit as the third quarterback commit.

Marc Guillon, 6-3, 190, Orinda (Calif.) Miramonte. Another of the best on the west coast this season that also happens to be from Northern California. Word is that he's USC's #1 priority at QB. UCLA has definitely shown interest.

Matt Guttierrez, 6-4, 200, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle. Hailed for two years as the best in the west, Guttierrez is now being over-shadowed by the other NorCal QB talent. He has been slowed by a long-term wrist injury, but he apparently will be fine in time for fall. He visited a UCLA practice this spring.

Drew Stanton, 6-4, 215, Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison. One of the best QB prospects in the midwest, Stanton has stated he likes UCLA. But he's originally from Oregon and his father went to Michigan State, so those two could be hard to beat.

Evan Kraky, 6-3, 195, Jermyn (Penn.) Lakeland. One of the best, athletic quarterbacks in the east, Kraky has listed UCLA among schools such as Penn State, Maryland, Notre Dame and Pitt.

Sawyer Smith, 6-5, 190, Chehalis (Wash.) W.F. West. Easily one of the best in the Northwest, Smith threw for big yardage as a junior. He likes the Washington and Oregon schools, as well as UCLA.

Tim Brasic, 6-2, 185, Riverside (Ill.) Riverside-Brookfield. Probably the most prolific quarterback in the midwest last season, Brasic threw for over 3,000 yards and ran for almost a 1,000. Purdue could be hard to beat, but he also likes Miami, Ohio State, Florida and UCLA.

Austin Flynn, 6-3, 190, Deer Park (Tex.) High. Considered one of the best in the state of Texas, Flynn has said that UCLA is his favorite school.

Justin Tyler, 6-3, 208, Gray (Georg.) Jones County. An athletic quarterback with a strong arm, Tyler is projected to be one of the best to come out of the southwest this year and lists UCLA as among his favorites.

Ryan O'Hara, 6-6, 185, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir. O'Hara is tall and lanky, and also is a good basketball player, while possessing good athleticism for his size. He has been out to UCLA's practice a couple of times. UCLA will monitor him and see how he progresses. Washington is thought to be the leader for him.

Noah Allen, 6-3, 195, 4.65, Pearland (Tex.) High. The Texas quarterback who came out to L.A. for UCLA's spring game, Allen is a good-sized kid that is listed among the best in Texas.

Lester Richard, ATH/DB, 6-5, 200, Amite (Louis.) High. A good-looking but raw athlete, Richard is also a pretty good basketball player. He tested well at the recent LSU Nike camp, and could be taken as an athlete. He has an interest in UCLA, among many schools.

Tim Sands, ATH, 6-4, 190, Modesto (Calif.) Grace Davis. Sands is considered a great all-around athlete who could be recruited as an athlete or another position, probably safety. UCLA is watching him.

Travis Moore, 6-2, 190, Shingle Springs (Calif.) Ponderosa.. A pretty skilled passer that UCLA and many other west coast schools are keeping an eye on.

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