FB Recruiting 2004: Offense

Here's your reference guide for the prospects UCLA is targeting on offense for the 2004 class. This list will be constantly changing so keep checking back.

Note: Being on the "A List" means UCLA has offered the prospect a scholarship, or is on the verge of doing so.

If you want all of the recruiting information on each recruit, remember to click on the hyper links attached to the names of each prospect to go to their player profiles and story archives.

QUARTERBACKS

It's a huge priority for UCLA to get an elite quarterback, one that could feasibly come in, make an immediate impact and compete for the starting position, at the very least by his redshirt freshman year. UCLA could conceivably take two quarterbacks in this class.

 

Matt Tuiasosopo, 6-2, 205, Woodinville (Wash.) Woodinville.  Near the top of UCLA's wish list for quarterbacks, Tuiasosopo has some UCLA lineage.  He could bypass football for a baseball career, though.  A List.

 

Nate Longshore, 6-5, 225, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon.  He's looked like the best quarterback in the west this spring -- physically looking like a college tight end, with a huge arm, great accuracy and a great grasp of playing quarterback. He's Mormon, but young for his age, so he would probably go on his mission after a year of college, which could make him the perfect #2 quarterback to bring in with this class. Early on his favorites are probably USC and Cal, but UCLA is getting involved seriously. A List.

Rocky Hinds, 6-4, 210, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard's. He has to be one of the best all-around athletes in the country. Many believed he was just an athlete and not a quarterback, but he looked very good throwing the ball at the L.A. Nike Camp.  He's visited UCLA's campus and the Bruins will be right there for him. One of the top 10 in the country, at least. A List.

 

Rhett Bomar, 6-4, 205, Grand Prairie (Tex.) High. Considered one of the top five in the country, UCLA is trying with him, but they're up against stiff competition in the likes of Texas, Florida State and Oklahoma.  A List.


Chase Patton, 6-5, 210, Columbia (Missouri) Rock Bridge. Big and with a strong arm, Patton has really improved his stock this spring, especially at the Nike Camp in Ann Arbor. He has offers from many midwest schools and the word is that UCLA offered. A List.

Anthony Morelli, 6-4, 210, Pittsburg (Penn.) Penn Hills.  Considered one of the elite quarterback prospects in the country, UCLA was leading for him early, but in June he looked drop UCLA close to off his list. A List.

Jordan Steffy, 6-2, 210, Lancaster (Penn.) Conestoga Valley. A great all-around athlete that has a good arm and can run, Steffy is getting looks and offers from some big names. UCLA is among his early favorites.

 

Rudy Carpenter, 6-3, 185, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake. Good-sizef with mobility and arm strength and accuracy, Carpenter is considered one of the best in California.  UCLA recruited him heavily for a couple of years, but now, with the new staff, have taken a bit of a wait-and-see approach. If they went after him hard, he would probably reciprocate. Right now, he's leaning toward Michigan, who he says has offered. 

 

Brian Hildebrand, 6-2, 186, Corona (Calif.) Centennial.  A bit smallish and slender, Hildebrand, though, is a competitor with a strong arm.  He has indicated UCLA is his favorite.

 

Erik Ainge, 6-6, 190, Hillsboro (Ore.) Glenco.  Intriguing prospect with very good athleticism and a cannon for an arm, Ainge, though, is still raw in his mechanics.   

 

Travis Hewitt, 6-2, 180, Kirkwood (Missouri) St. John Vianney.  UCLA is recruiting Hewitt, who is considered one of the best in the midwest and has UCLA high on his list.

 

Chad Henne, 6-3, 210, West Law (Penn.) Wilson. Probably among the top 10 to 15 quarterbacks in the country, UCLA is recruiting, but competing with some tough competition.

 

Darrell Jackson, 6-3, 210, Webster Groves (Missouri) Epworth School. UCLA is recruiting Jackson, who is a very good athlete. Big Tens and Big 12s have offered.

 

Others to Watch:

 

C.J. Bacher, 6-2, 180, Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit

Chad Prest, 6-4, 200, Palm Desert (Calif.) High

Patrick Cowan, 6-4, 200, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

Sean Norton, 6-1, 180, Newhall (Calif.) Hart

Darren Mougey, 6-4, 210, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral

Alex Smart, 6-3, 210, Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mt. Si

Max Hall, 6-1, 175, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View

Liam O'Hagan, 6-2, 205, Minneapolis (Minn.) Breck School



RUNNING BACKS

UCLA is in the market for an elite running back, needing to keep the talent flowing at the tailback position.  More than likely, UCLA wouldn't take more than one tailback, unless more than one elite back wanted to come.

Adrian Peterson, 6-3, 205, Palestine (Tex.) High. One of the top backs in the nation, with great size, quicks and moves.  He consistently lists UCLA in his top five, with competition like Miami, Oklahoma and TexasA List.

Brandon Gunn, 5-10, 190, Omaha (Neb.) Central. Thought to be one of the best in the heartland region of the country, Gunn has gotten offers from most of the Big 12 and some of the Big Ten. UCLA went to his school and watched him and has subsquently offered him a scholarship. A List.

George Bell, 5-11, 225, Fayetteville (North Carolina) Jack Britt. Emerging as possibly one of the ten best in thh country, Bell has good size and quickness. With connections in Southern California, he has UCLA among his leaders. A List.

Andrew Johnson, 6-0, 205, Pittsburgh (Penn.) North Hills.  He's truly an elite player nationally, having proven it at the State College Nike Camp, he had UCLA at one time leading for his services but he and hometown buddy Anthony Morelli have both moved UCLA nearly off their list. A List.

 

Terrell Jackson, 5-9, 190, Corona (Calif.) Centennial.  One of the best in the west, and probably a top ten running back nationally. Jackson has been lighting it up for Centennial for two year.  He has said that UCLA is his favorite. 

 

Jackie Bates, 5-9, 180, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle.  Bates played with incoming UCLA freshman Maurice Drew, and he's probably just as talented in his own right.  At the Norcal Nike he ran a 4.35, and showed a great burst.  UCLA was first on his list.

 

Marshawn Lynch, 5-11, 195, Oakland (Calif.) Tech. He emerged from the NorCal Nike Camp as one of the elite backs in the west and possbily the nation.  He runs with power, and showed good speed at the camp. He listed UCLA first among his top three.


Tony Temple, 5-10, 195, Kansas City (Missouri) Rockhurst. One of the best in the midwest, he has great strength for his size, couple with very good speed. He's getting recruited by all the midwest biggies, but is wide open at this point.

 

Shawn Benjamin, 6-0, 195, Watsonville (Calif.) High. One of the few best in the west, Benjamin has good size and great speed.  He has said USC is his early favorite and the Bruins are trying to get in on him. 

   

Patrick Fuller, 6-1, 200, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak.  A big strong kid with good speed, Fuller is a power runner that has caught the eye of the UCLA staff.  Running back coach Eric Bieniemy has shown some serious interest. 

 

Brandon Roberson, 5-8, 180, Pearland (Tex.) High.  One of the best at the recent College State Nike Camp. Small, but shifty and quick.  UCLA is on his list.

 

Patrick Gates, 5-10, 180, San Diego (Calif.) Marian Catholic. Considered the best in the San Diego area and one of the best in the west, Gates is quick and explosive. The Pac-10 and some others are on him.  


Samson Taylor, 5-11, 200, The Woodlands (Tex.) High. He really had a huge showing at the Nike Camp, testing extremely fast, quick and athletic. UCLA is on his list.

 

Jamaal Floyd, 5-9, 182,  Claremont (Calif.) High. A standout in the Los Angeles area, Floyd, UCLA has been recruiting him.

 

Nigel Ricks, 6-0, 175, Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus. Ricks had a good showing at the SoCal Nike Camp, running a fast 4.43 and a body that could put on muscle.  The Pac-10 is showing interest.

 

Parrish Fisher, 5-10, 205, Richardson (Tex.) Pierce. A strong, smaller back with good speed, Richardson has a few offers and lists UCLA among his top five or six.

Others to Watch:

 

Dale Morris, 5-10, 185, Eugene (Ore.) Marist

Ryan Kelly, 5-11, 180, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Patrick Ealy, 5-9, 190, Denver (Col.) South

Patricky Perry, 5-10, 200, Wilmington (Calif.) Banning

Randy Bacon, 5-9, 180, Sacramento (Calif.) Florin

Jamario Thomas, 5-11, 190, Longview (Tex.) Spring Hill

Ryen Carew, 5-10, 170, Sylmar (Calif.) High

Ian Bell, 5-10, 176, Woodland hills (Calif.) Taft

Joe Strayhand, 5-11, 180, Phoenix Moon Valley

Gerwin Williams, 5-9, 210, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant

 


FULLBACKS

 

Fullbacks are notoriously the most difficult prospects to get a bead on, as is the case with this recruiting season so far.  UCLA could take one fullback on scholarship or possibly convert a player from another position. 

 

Sekeli Faaeteete, 6-1, 215, San Leandro (Calif.) High.  He could very well play linebacker, too, and is considered one of the best athletes on the west coast. A List.

 

Matt Parent, 6-0, 240, Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St. Paul. Looked big and strong at the SoCal Nike when he worked with the linebackers but is probably better suited for fullback.

 

Fullbacks of Note:

 

Seth Setterberg, 6-1, 220, Shoreline (Wash.) Shorewood

Bevin Howard, 6-2, 240, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguarao

Jordan Munde, 6-2, 200, Rolling Hills Estates (Calif.) Palos Verdes Peninsula

William Taufoou, 6-0, 240, Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis

Jake Merriman, 6-3, 220, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit

Marcus Franco, 5-11, 240, Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep

Chris Barrett, 6-1, 230, Newbury Park (Calif.) High

Bryan Visquan, 6-2, 210, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral

Johnnie Kirton, 6-3, 240, Mill Creek (Wash.) Jackson

Jake Petersen, 6-2, 220, Minden (Nev.) Douglas



OFFENSIVE LINE

Offensive line is probably the biggest priority for this recruiting class on the team after defensive line. In other words, UCLA needs some hogs.

 

UCLA probably will take up to five offensive line recruits, needing some big, talented bodies at both offensive tackle and guard.  After not doing well in OL recruiting recently, and some players having left the program, offensive line recruiting is critical this year for the future of Karl Dorrell's program.  While the defensive line might need more bodies, the offensive line has a bigger need for an infusion of young talent.

 

The offensive line talent in California is average, and UCLA will definitely have to go outside of the California stateline to bring in the talent in needs on the OL.

 

Brian Abraham, 6-5, 260, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High.  Abraham is shaping up as one of the best in SoCal, with great size, a good frame that could easily add more weight and a very good technique and aggressiveness on the field. He attended the UCLA four-day camp in June, was offered soon after and verbally committed to the Bruins. A List.


Jeff Byers, 6-4, 270, Loveland (Col.) High.  Byers is a monster on film, and has to be among the best OLs in the west, if not the best, and one of the best in the country.  The UCLA coaches that came from Colorado have been on him for a while, and Byers likes UCLA.  A List.

 

Tyrone Byrd, 6-5, 265, Sugar Land (Tex.) Hightower.  The new UCLA staff has been targeting Byrd since the first day they came to Westwood. He's considered one of the best OL prospects in Texas, with offers from Oklahoma, Colorado and LSU.  He's listed UCLA first.  A List.

 

Thomas Herring, 6-6, 285, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont. Herring is probably one of the best five prospects in the west.  He's amazingly quick and athletic for his size. He plays tight end, and probably prefers defensive tackle, but many scouts project him as an offensive tackle, where his size and quickness would be a huge asset.  UCLA is in an uphill battle for him, with Herring liking Miami, USC and others.  A List.

 

Brandon Nicolas, 6-5, 260, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. You know things have changed when UCLA leads for the top, elite player from Mater Dei.  Nicolas is a stud, a top 100 national player, who could play defense as well, but would make a great offensive tackle with is quickness.  He has said UCLA leads.  A List.

 

Allen Smith, 6-5, 325, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol. Shaping up into one of the best in the west, he's been offered by some big-named schools, including UCLA. For his size, he has exceptional quickness. He's also a good student. UCLA will be in a battle for him. A List.

Jacob Hucko, 6-7, 285, Cerritos (Calif.) High. Considered one of the best tackle prospects in the west, Hucko has a great frame and the capability of adding quite a bit of muscle.  He's been heavily recruited and wants to stay in the Pac-10.  Oregon looks like the school, right now, to beat, but UCLA is trying to keep him close to home.  A List.

 

John Kadous, 6-6, 315, Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic.  One of the best in the west, Kadous is getting national attention. UCLA is on his list of the top five and will probably be involved until the end.  A List.

 

Aaron Klovas, 6-6, 300, Spanway (Wash.) Bethel.  There's a huge buzz for Klovas this spring, and it's resulting in coaches flocking to his high school and offers coming in quickly.  The schools from the Northwest have been all over him, and how he's open to interest from national programs. UCLA is getting in on him and will try.  A List.


Geoff Schwartz, 6-6, 300, Pacific Palisades (Calif.) High. A huge kid who's pretty raw but has shown talent in some spring camps, Schwartz is a life-long UCLA fan and the son of two UCLA grads. Offered in June, he could be a good bet to be a Bruin. A List.

 

Leo Talavou, 6-3, 318, Fountain Valley (Calif.) High.  One of the best in Southern California, Talavou is strong, aggressive and quick.  He had a very good showing at the SoCal Nike Camp.  Could also play defense. UCLA is on him pretty hard.

 

Adam Speer, 6-2, 260, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade.  Aggressive and with a mean streak, Speer is making a name for himself with west coast programs.  He had a good showing at the NorCal Nike Camp.  He could also play defense. Lists UCLA among his favorites.

 

 

Thomas Gagliardi, 6-6, 315, Phoenix (Ariz.) Moon Valley. Considered one of the best in Arizona, UCLA has been on him for a while and he has the Bruins on his list of favorites.  

 

 

Daniel Rowlands, 6-4, 250, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High.  Rowlands is one to definitely watch, with good frame and a body that could definitely add quite a bit of muscle.  He attended a few UCLA spring practices and likes the Bruins along with ASU. 

 

John Gibson, 6-4, 240, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's.  An intriguing prospect, Gibson is very athletic and mobile. So much so, he looks like a tight end – but he says he wants to play center in college.  He's still very slender and could still put on quite a bit of weight. But no matter the position he ends up playing in college, he's a prospect to watch. UCLA is recruiting him.


Taylor Schmidt, 6-5, 290, San Marcos (Calif.) Palomar College. A big, good-looking JC offensive line prospect, Schmidt is probably the best among a couple at Palomar, and one of the best in the JC ranks in California.

 

Matt Streid, 6-3, 300, Granada Hills (Calif.) High. A wide guard prospect, Streid is getting Pac-10 attention.

 

John Ioane, 6-4, 329, Tustin (Calif.) High.  He is considered one of the best in SoCal, and has good mobility for a guard prospect.  He has said UCLA and USC are his favorites.

 

Raul Suarez, 6-5, 310, Sylmar (Calif.) High. Considered one of best in Southland, has UCLA in his top three.  

 

A.J. McTaggert, 6-4, 270, Rocklin (Calif.) High. Made a name for himself at the NorCal Nike Camp, McTaggert has UCLA among his favorites. 

 

Corey Actis, 6-5, 255, Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty. A kid with some good potential, with size and pretty good quickness, UCLA is showing interest.

 

Others to Watch:

 

Eric Rouser, 6-8, 260, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure 

Rameses Arceo, 6-4, 295, Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) St. Paul

Derek Hunter, 6-3, 265, La Habra (Calif.) High

Devin Clark, 6-4, 280, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View

Erik Schlief, 6-5, 340, San Jose (Calif.) Leigh

Jeff Fritch, 6-4, 265, Palos Verde (Calif.) Peninsula

Bill Wacholz, 6-6, 280, Poway (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo

Josh Smith, 6-5, 313, Norco (Calif.) High

Chris Joseph, 6-3, 260, Santa Ynez (Calif.) High

Chase Clowser, 6-8, 320, LaGrange (Ohio) Keystone

Ryan Cantrell, 6-4, 265, Sugar Land (Tex.) Clements

Brett Pearce, 6-3, 260, Kent (Wash.) Kentridge

Tony Lee, 6-4, 240, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Cameron Filkins, 6-6, 300, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High

Cleveland Powell, 6-8, 300, New Orleans (Louisiana) O. Perry Walker

DeJuan Clark, 6-3, 275, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont

Aaron Fernandez, 6-2, 260, Mesa (Ariz.) Red Mountain

Mike Tepper 6-5, 285, Garden Grove (Calif.) Pacifica

Mark Gray, 6-3, 280, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola



WIDE RECEIVERS

UCLA will have two wide receiver scholarships to give, and will want to bring in elite, home-run hitting talent.  While UCLA has a good amount of bodies at wide receiver in the near future, it definitely needs to get some difference-makers catching the ball.

Cameron Colvin, 6-1, 190, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle.  He's now been deemed the #1 wide receiver in the west and could be among the top handful in the country. Has it all, great speed, strength, moves and hands. UCLA offered him first, even though other favorites are now coming on strong.  UCLA will fight for this one. A List.

Xavier Carter, 6-3, 195, Melbourne (Flor.) Palm Bay.  Could be fastest player in the country, Carter came to California for a track meet where he wowed everyone, and then took an unofficial visit to UCLA and the Bruins are on his short list.  A List.

Derrick Jones, 6-1, 180, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Fastest player in the west, and probably second fastest to Carter in the country, Jones has it all to be a big-time player. He had UCLA on a couple of early general lists, but they haven't made it lately. USC could be tough to beat in the long run. A List.

Anthony Vernaglia, 6-3, 215, Orange (Calif.) Orange Lutheran.  Big, quick and with excellent hands, Vernaglia is getting interest from across the country. He could play on either side of the ball, and even could end up a linebacker. Has ties to Penn State, but lure of staying close to home could work. A List.

Adrian Arrington, 6-4, 180, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) George Washington. Arrington is one of the top receivers in the midwest. He's big, at 6-4, and physical, runs well and has good hands. He's also a good student, which has gotten him interest from the likes of Stanford. A List.

Chris Ogbonnaya, 6-1, 200, Houston (Tex.) Strake Jesuit College Prep. One of the top receiver prospects in the state of Texas, Ogbonnaya is a great all-around athlete that could play on either side of the ball. UCLA is among his top five or so.

Michael Bumpus, 5-11, 185, Culver City (Calif.) High. One of the few best in the west, Bumpus is a great technical wide receiver, with good athleticism and great hands. UCLA is long-time favorite, but USC is fighting hard. 

Ryan Graves, 6-1, 170, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir. A talented receiver who had over 1,000 yards and 100 catches as a junior. His speed is a bit of a question but he catches everything. He came to UCLA's four-day camp for a day and was impressive.

Lavelle Hawkins, 5-11, 165, Stockton (Calif.) Edison.  He's one of the best at his position in the west, with good speed, moves and hands. Hawkins has always liked out-of-state schools, and his academics could make it tough for UCLA to recruit him.

John Peel, 6-1, 180, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral. Definitely not a prospect to overlook, Peel is a talented wide receiver, with good hands and good athleticism.  He likes UCLA and the Bruins are scouting/recruiting.

Trumaine Smith, 6-3, 190, Warrensville (Ohio) Warrensville Heights.  Considered one of the best in the midwest, he has good size and decent speed.  He has UCLA on his list of five.

Damon Morton, 5-11, 165, Riverside (Calif.) North.  He's thought to be one of the best athletes in SoCal, and was one of the best receivers in the area as a junior. Has UCLA as his favorite.

Romunn Grigsby, 6-4, 180, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont. Good-sized, polished receiver who has UCLA on his short list.

Nathan Kimbrough, 6-1, 170, Sant Fe Springs (Calif.) Santa Fe.  A nice all-around athlete that could play defense, too.  UCLA and USC are favorites.

Justin Shaw, 6-2, 190, Palmdale (Calif.) High. A great athlete, Shaw has great hands to go along with good speed and excellent quickness. He's a long-time UCLA fan.

Joey Munn, 6-1, 215, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill. A nice-looking athlete that probably doesn't have the body-type of agility to play wide receiver. It'd be interesting to see his size and speed, though, at fullback or linebacker. 

Others to Watch:

Dean Liang, 6-2, 185, Bellflower (Calif.) High
Myrio Davis, 6-3, 205, Chandler (Calif.) Hamilton
Deandre Gassaway, 6-1, 185, San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon
Austin Collie, 6-1, 180, El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge
B.J. Dennard, 6-1, 175, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep
Joseph Goosby, 6-1, 190, Houston(Tex.) Jersey Village
Kellen Moriarty, 5-10, 165, Goleta (Calif.) Dos Pueblos
Brian Barman, 6-3, 200, Weston (Missouri) West Platte
Marvin Crosby, 6-0, 180, Diamond Bar (Calif.) High
Allen Walker, 6-2, 185, North Hills (Calif.) Los Angeles Baptist
Gerald Rodriguez, 5-11, 180, Venice (Calif.) High
Uche Anyanwu, 6-3, 190, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Braden Lepisto, 6-0, 185, Agoura Hills (Calif.) Agoura


TIGHT ENDS

UCLA is looking to bring in an elite tight end, and has it as a top priority with the uncertainty of Keith Carter due to his injury.  Without Carter, UCLA might need two tight ends.  There is a good chance at immediate playing as a freshman for a tight end prospect in this class.

Dale Thompson, 6-4, 240, Corona(Calif.) Santiago.  Big and agile, Thompson could be the #1 tight end prospect in California.  He's a long-time UCLA lean, but USC is coming on strong. A List.

Zach Miller, 6-4, 240, Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista. The #1 tight end at the SoCal Nike Camp, Greg Biggins of TheInsiders believes he could be among the best in the country. He has UCLA on a fairly big list. A List.

Chris Wilson, 6-5, 235, San Clemente (Calif.) High. The best tight end at the NorCal Nike Camp and very impressive physically. Has UCLA #1 on his list.

Mike Barr, 6-6, 220, Payson (Ariz.) High.  Really good-looking prospect that had a good day at the SoCal Nike Camp. UCLA is on his list.

Jimmy Miller, 6-4, 230, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake.  A prospect that plays a couple of positions and getting recruited for defensive end.  His best position in college could be tight end, though, with a body built for it and good hands.  UCLA is among favorites.

Ryan Purvis,, 6-5, 235, Lancaster (Penn.) High. One of the best in the east, Purvis is getting more and more interest and offers. He has UCLA on his list.

Others to Watch:

Andrew McIntyre, 6-4, 230, La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis, 6-4, 230, La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis
George Fifita, 6-3, 220, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham
Darren Fells, 6-6, 240, Fullerton (Calif.) High
Justin Walsh, 6-6, 240, Laguna Hills (Calif.) High
David DiFranco, 6-4, 250, Grafton (Ohio) Midview
Kevin Bryant, 6-4, 240, Lufkin (Tex.) High


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