When we first started writing resets about a decade ago, it was to, obviously, reset the recruiting class at various points in the year.
But with the hiring of Jim Mora at UCLA, and his subsequent hiring of stellar recruiters Adrian Klemm, Demetrice Martin and Steve Broussard, we're past the point of a reset.
We may need to start from scratch.
Currently, UCLA has 22 commits. Of those 22, three are soft verbals. And since Rick Neuheisel was fired at the end of November, UCLA has gotten seven commitments, two while there was no coach (Combs, Watson) and five once Mora and his crew of recruiters came to Westwood.
One thing is certain, the five that committed to Mora are easily on the most solid of footing -- scouted by the new assistants and given the thumbs up by Mora. Of those five, only two, Adams and Rios, had UCLA offers from Neuheisel. Ceachir, Orjioke and Lagace receiver offers from Klemm or Martin.
Then there are the upper-tier commits that UCLA absolutely plans to keep, such as the four-star prospects Porter and Lutui (assuming he doesn't flip to one of the other Pac-12 schools he's visiting).
But then comes the downside; there could be a number of current commits that could be encouraged to look elsewhere or, best-case scenario, offered a greyshirt. You may see a flurry of decommits from this class, and one can read into them a myriad of ways.
You can almost be assured that UCLA will sign a full class of 25 in the 2012 class. At this time, the program doesn't have 25 scholarships available, but with the usual movement of players currently on the roster who will transfer once they see where they stand on the depth chart, they'll probably be able to get to 25. Ceachir is already signed, but his scholie still counts.
So as UCLA starts over, in essence, here are some of the key prospects they are now pursuing and making a big effort to get.
UCLA would have like to have brought in a quarterback in this class, but there was a dearth of quality passers out West, and even nationally, this year. There is, however, a much improved group of quarterbacks in the 2013 class.
That said, UCLA can't really afford to skip a quarterback in 2012. From a depth standpoint alone, UCLA is in a very delicate position. We're uncertain what Jerry Neuheisel will do. He'd at least provide depth.
Brett Hundley is the lone non-senior on scholarship in 2012. Kevin Prince and Nick Crissman will be redshirt seniors next fall while Richard Brehaut and Darius Bell will both be true seniors, so theoretically, either could redshirt, though it's unlikely. So, ideally, UCLA would really like to get another quarterback on the roster who's been in the system in 2013 other than Hundley.
The pickings are slim, however.
Devin Fuller, 6-0, 185, Old Tappan (N.J.). Fuller got one of his first offers from UCLA, in fact, he was the first quarterback UCLA offered in the 2012 class. Now he has nearly 30 offers that span the country. Fuller visited UCLA unofficially during the summer and will likely return for an official visit in January. While he was offered by Neuheisel, he's talented enough that you can expect UCLA, with its lack of depth, would readily take him if he wanted to come. Offered.
Nathan Sudfeld, 6-4, 200, Modesto (Calif.) Christian. Sudfeld had to wait his turn at Modesto Christian till his junior year, and while he had current Bruin Raymond Nelson to throw to in 2010, there wasn't much talent around him this season. Still, Sudfeld had a good season and turned that into a scholarship offer from Arizona. But when Mike Stoops was fired, Sudfeld decided to take some unofficial visits and he could be a target for UCLA, especially considering Arizona likes a more mobile quarterback, and Sudfeld is similar to Brock Osweiler, who Mazzone coached at Arizona State.
T.J. Millweard, 6-5, 205, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints' Episcopal. Millweard was once a Virginia Tech commit who switched to Arizona State during the summer. He's not currently listing UCLA, but you'd have to think, if Mazzone is the new OC, he'll try to bring in the quarterback he wanted in Tempe.
**We anticipate there will be more quarterback prospects mentioned with UCLA between now and signing day, especially once Mazzone officially signs on and can recruit.
UCLA signed one running back in 2011 and has commitments from two backs in this year's class, though one, Wooching, might not end up a tailback. Both of their recruitments will be interesting to watch, though, if they end up with UCLA.
Steven Lakalaka, 5-11, 185, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou. COMMITTED. Lakalaka was the first verbal to the Bruins, committing in the middle of May. Lakalaka comes from one of the top programs on the Islands and is a good compact back. He's also teammates with a another UCLA target in Luke Kaumatule, who's committed to Stanford, but will visit UCLA next month. Punahou is the top program in terms of producing talent in Hawaii of late, and has several studs in their 2013 class, so UCLA would probably like to maintain a good rapport there. Offered
Psalm Wooching, 6-3, 215, Kailua Kona (Hawaii) Kealakehe. COMMITTED. Wooching will likely end up playing fullback at UCLA, originally planning to play F-Back in the likely-scrapped Pistol. But he could also play outside linebacker. Colorado and UNLV have recently offered him. Offered
D.J. Foster, 6-0, 195, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro. Foster is the top running back in the West, and was leaning heavily towards Arizona State when Broussard and Mazzone were there. Now Cal leads for the four-star. UCLA is barely receiving mention, but with the two coaches he built the best bond with at Arizona State now in Westwood, you can bet the Bruin staff will not away without a fight for Foster. Getting a visit out of him would be huge and could go a long way to staying in the mix, or getting back in the mix. Offered.
It's a good receiver class, and UCLA only signed one last year in Devin Lucien. Mercifully, UCLA is going away from the Pistol, which can only help receiver recruiting, since it's hurt it (Brandin Cooks, UCLA's first commit in 2011 ended up switching his verbal because of the lack of a passing game). All one has to do is see what Arizona State did through the air this year, and specifically, what Gerrell Robinson did in the Maaco Bowl, to see that Mazzone gets the ball in the air. UCLA fans have been yearning for an air attack since, really, the Al Borges year (save Drew Olson's magical 2005 season), and after watching the Pistol the past two years, even when it worked, fans, and more importantly, receivers, want to see more of an aerial attack.
Jordan Payton, 6-3, 205, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. Payton has rarely ever mentioned UCLA. But that has all changed since Broussard, who was recruiting him to Arizona State, was hired. And with his good friend, and teammate Ishmael Adams now in the fray, Payton is now showing mutual interest in the Bruins. He's been to several games over the years, but the lack of a passing game never was taken seriously. Now, UCLA will try to steal him away from his leaning towards Michigan and Cal, where Adams was leaning, and bring him in. When he wants to be, there is not a better, more physical receiver in the West than Payton. But the last two years, he's struggled with consistency. Offered
Darreus Rogers, 6-3, 195, Carson (Calif.). As Payton has sort of loafed the past two years, Rogers has emerged as the best big physical receiver in the Southland. The top prospect in the City, he's been a commit to USC since last January and its between them and Arizona State. But Broussard, again, is trying to get in on him, and Klemm and Martin are also doing their work. Its a longshot, but again, UCLA isn't giving up. Offered
Deontay Greenberry, 6-3, 200, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union. A longtime Notre Dame commit, Greenberry said this week that he plans to take an official visit to UCLA and the Bruin staff will put their best foot forward. Greenberry visited Arizona State during the season, and, you guessed it, Broussard was one of the primary recruiters for him. They'll have work to do, as USC is trying to keep him out West and Notre Dame is hoping he sticks to his verbal. But UCLA is going to put the work in. Offered.
Kenny Lawler, 6-3, 185, Upland (Calif.). An early commit to Arizona State, almost from the day he committed, Lawler said he was wide open and a soft verbal to the Sun Devils. The Bruins offered him and are very much interested in him and the interest is mutual. What helps UCLA is that, again, Broussard was on top of him while Martin was putting in the time with him for Washington. Oregon State appears to be the team to beat right now, but UCLA is hoping to get a visit from him next month. Offered
Jaydon Mickens, 5-10, 185, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey. A longtime commit to USC, Mickens and the Trojans went their separate ways earlier this month. Washington State offered him once Mike Leach was hired and is putting the full-court press on him, but UCLA has offered and invited him to their first recruiting gathering with the new staff in place. Arizona State, Washington and SMU all had offered him, and the coaches who all offered him, are all in Westwood now. Offered.
Michael Thomas, 6-4, 175, Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks. The cousin of Marcus Rios, Thomas got an offer from UCLA after taking an official visit in September, and he had an in-home with Mora and Angus McClure, where they reiterated their interest in him earlier this month. He's shoring up his academics in hopes of coming to UCLA. He could also be a candidate for a greyshirt. Offered
Richard Smith, 5-9, 170, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Smith is likely a corner in college, but Arizona State, and Broussard and Mazzone, wanted him on offense, so that gives UCLA a shot at him, since he's softened his commitment with Arizona State. Offered
UCLA needs to add at least one tight end to the mix, but could add two, though the pickings are slim at the position.
Ian Taubler, 6-6, 250, Fresno (Calif.) Bullard. COMMITTED. Taubler fits the bill of the all-around tight end -- he's a tremendous blocker and has great size, but he can also get out and catch the ball and run. UCLA was one of the schools he coveted an offer from and even with USC offering him at their camp, Taubler turned it down and committed to the Bruins. That said, Taubler visited Washington officially, and they feature their tight end much greater than Mazzone's offense did. Still, he said after his visit he's done with visits and solid with UCLA. He'll be one to watch Offered.
Caleb Smith, 6-5, 225, Kent (Wash.) Kentridge. Smith got an offer from the UCLA staff during the spring, but then committed to Oregon State. While he said he's solid to the Beavers, he did visit Arkansas officially this fall and he said he may still take an official visit to UCLA this January. Offered.
It's quite possibly the best offensive line class in the West, ever. The problem has been most of those elite guys haven't been mentioning UCLA. Several of them (such as Max Tuerk, Kyle Long and Jordan Simmons) have committed to other Pac-12 schools, while others like Murphy haven't even talked about UCLA in months. That could change, though, with Klemm now in the fold. For one thing, he's an outstanding recruiter but more importantly, he's an offensive line coach and for several of these guys, he was the first one to offer them, to SMU, before they blew up (such as Tuerk and Long). UCLA does have five commitments on the offensive line, but reasonably, three of them probably can feel good, while two others will have to sweat it out. They also got good news with the return of the X-Man from his LDS mission.
Xavier Su'a-Filo, 6-5, 295. RE-ENROLLED. The single most important recruit in this class, as we've said for the better part of a year, UCLA has honestly had to sweat it out the past two years since Su'a-Filo left right after the 2009 EagleBank Bowl to serve his LDS mission. He started every game as a true freshman in 2009, the first UCLA true freshman to start every game on the offensive line in nearly 20 years. He's also arguably UCLA's best offensive lineman since Kris Farris and Andy Meyers. He served his LDS mission in Tallahassee, not overseas, so his diet wasn't greatly affected by it. Su'a-Filo has already enrolled in classes for the Winter Quarter, and did so before Neuheisel was fired. And while he returned from his mission the week after Mora was hired, within days of his return, both Mora and Klemm talked to him and the conversation went very well. We've heard the new coaching staff plans to slide him right back in at his left tackle spot in the spring.
Hiva Lutui, 6-3, 280, Euless (Texas) Trinity. COMMITTED. One of the premier interior linemen nationally, Lutui has a slew of offers from the Southwest, but he chose the Bruins. Lutui is originally from Southern California and with his cousin Folasa on board, UCLA got into a good spot for him and they landed what is arguably their top commit, a top ten player nationally. Lutui will visit USC and Utah, though and UCLA will have their work cut out for them. The positive is that Klemm offered Lutui while he was at SMU, and he wasn't far from him as Euless is a Dallas suburb. Offered
Lacy Westbrook, 6-5, 295, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. COMMITTED. Westbrook committed to Neuheisel but was softening things up when Neuheisel was fired. He then took an official visit to SMU and nearly flipped to the Mustangs, largely because of Klemm. With Klemm now in Westwood, Westbrook has said he's 100% solid. He's had some durability issues and struggled with some injuries the past two seasons, but UCLA will bring him in and put him in the interior Offered.
Alexandru Ceachir, 6-6, 280, Santa Monica (Calif.) College. SIGNED. A commit to Utah at one point, SMU was one of his first offers and he was Klemm's first lineman to flip when he came to UCLA. A mid-year enrollee, Ceachir signed last week with the Bruins and will practice during the spring. He'll have a chance to come in and play early with the graduation of Mike Harris, and UCLA could put him at right tackle and slide Jeff Baca down to left guard next to Su'a-Filo. Offered
Isaiah Folasa, 6-3, 335, Corona (Calif.) Santiago. COMMITTED. A mammoth offensive lineman, Folasa shined at UCLA's camp and landed an offer from the Bruins not too long after. Not long after that, Folasa jumped on it and committed to the Bruins. He has some work to do in the classroom, and he could be a greyshirt candidate, or may look at some of his other options.
Mario Yakoo, 6-4, 320, Spring Valley (Calif.) Steele Canyon. COMMITTED. One of the top linemen in San Diego, Yakoo came to UCLA's camp with just a couple of offers, but UCLA then offered him and he committed on the spot. Yakoo could play guard or center in college. He'll be interesting to watch the next couple of weeks too, to see if he starts checking out some of his other options. Offered
Arik Armstead, 6-8, 285, Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove. The number one prospect in the country in 2012, Armstead wants to play defensive line and basketball in college, and every coach that is smart is agreeing to that. He's a good defensive lineman. He's a special offensive tackle, and may be the best offensive lineman from the West since Tyron Smith, who ended up being the first tackle drafted in 2011 and is starting for the Cowboys as a rookie. Armstead got his very first offer from UCLA, with a huge assist from Angus McClure, after his freshman year. Ironically, it was just hours after leaving UCLA's Lineman Camp last year that he committed to USC. After being a commit to the Trojans for a year, he decommitted and isn't even considering the Trojans all that much. He's visited Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon and Cal, and he'll either visit Auburn, Texas or Washington last, but he's planning an unofficial visit to UCLA in January. One of the first calls Mora made as the new head coach was to Armstead and ended up having an in-home visit with him that weekend. So UCLA is doing everything they can to get Armstead in the mix. When he visited UCLA unofficially last month, he talked at length with Ben Howland, and Howland said he absolutely would welcome him to the basketball program should he choose the Bruins. Cal and Oregon have to be considered the leaders here, but UCLA is trying to make up ground. Offered
Colby Cyburt, 6-5, 270, Mission Viejo (Calif.). UCLA has always been in Cyburt's top three and that hasn't changed, even with the coaching change. The first day he was able to hit the road, Klemm stopped by Mission Viejo to check in on Cyburt and the next day, he was at UCLA for the recruiting gathering. He's waiting to receive admission to Stanford, and the Cardinal could be tough to beat if he gets admitted, but UCLA is going to work on him. Offered.
Kyle Long, 6-8, 280, Saddleback (Calif.) College. Like we reported last week, though Long committed to Oregon, he didn't sign with them when JC players were able to. UCLA isn't going to stop recruiting him too until pen hits paper. After his baseball career ended and he ended up back in football, Klemm offered him to SMU, his first offer. UCLA then offered him when Klemm got hired, and Klemm visited Saddleback on his first day on the road. They had him up for the recruiting gathering, and while he ultimately committed to Oregon, UCLA is still working on him. Offered
Kyle Murphy, 6-7, 290, San Clemente (Calif.). The top prospect in Southern California, Murphy's top four has consistently been Oregon, USC, Cal and Stanford. UCLA hasn't been in the mix at all. But Klemm has been by the San Clemente campus in an attempt to make a late run. Offered
Jordan Simmons, 6-5, 335, Encino (Calif.) Crespi. He committed to USC and politely declined to be recruited by UCLA when Klemm came to Westwood, saying he was solid to the Trojans. Still, you can bet that UCLA will keep poking their heads in every once in a while. Offered