FB Recruiting: WRs & TEs

UCLA has talent at wide receiver, but has a chance to bring in some elite, big-play, homerun-hitting talent at the position, and there is some very good tight end talent on the west coast...

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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
Ryan Graves, 5-10, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir
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


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.

Andrew McIntyre, 6-4, 230, La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis, 6-4, 230, La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis. Good-looking kid that had a good showing at the SoCal Nike Camp. UCLA among favorites.

Others to Watch:

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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