FB Recruiting: Running Backs

UCLA looks good for one of the elite running backs in the country -- and probably the #1 running back in Southern California...

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.


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.


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, running a phenomenal 4.22 40, jumping 36.6 in the vertical and looking dazzling in the drills.  He has said UCLA is his favorite and he'll unofficially visit Westwood with his friend, Anthony Morelli, May 24th.  He is one of the few best in the country and possibly the #1 running back prospect.  A List.


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.


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.


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.  


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:


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 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

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