Offensive line could be the most critical position in this recruiting season. UCLA is doing well with some elite players, and will have to look outside of California to get the talent it needs...
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
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.
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
Jeff Byers, 6-4, 270,
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,
(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
Colorado and LSU. He's listed UCLA first. A
Thomas Herring, 6-6, 285,
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,
(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.
Jacob Hucko, 6-7, 285,
(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
John Kadous, 6-6, 315,
(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.
Aaron Klovas, 6-6, 300, Spanway
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.
Leo Talavou, 6-3, 318,
(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.
Brian Abraham, 6-5, 260,
(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 has said USC is his favorite, but
UCLA is trying to sway him toward Westwood.
Thomas Gagliardi, 6-6, 315,
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.
Chilo Rachal, 6-5, 290, Compton
(Calif.) Dominguez. Rachal had a great junior year and has
had good showings in the spring camps.
He moves well for a kid his size.
He has said he was a lifelong UCLA fan, but USC has supplanted the Bruins
as the favorite now. UCLA is trying to get back on top.
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.
Matt Streid, 6-3, 300, Granada Hills
(Calif.) High. A wide guard
prospect, Streid is getting Pac-10 attention.
John Ioane, 6-4, 329,
(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
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,
Liberty. A kid with some good
potential, with size and pretty good quickness, UCLA is showing interest.
Eric Rouser, 6-8, 260,
(Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Rameses Arceo, 6-4, 295, Santa Fe
Derek Hunter, 6-3, 265,
Devin Clark, 6-4, 280,
Erik Schlief, 6-5, 340,
Jeff Fritch, 6-4, 265, Palos Verde
Bill Wacholz, 6-6, 280,
Josh Smith, 6-5, 313,
Chris Joseph, 6-3, 260, Santa Ynez
Chase Clowser, 6-8, 320, LaGrange
Ryan Cantrell, 6-4, 265,
Brett Pearce, 6-3, 260, Kent
Tony Lee, 6-4, 240,
Cameron Filkins, 6-6, 300, Los
Alamitos (Calif.) High
Powell, 6-8, 300, New Orleans
(Louisiana) O. Perry
DeJuan Clark, 6-3, 275,
Aaron Fernandez, 6-2, 260,
Mike Tepper 6-5, 285,
Mark Gray, 6-3, 280,