Focus 2013: UCLA's Early Targets

We take an early look at the prospects that UCLA has already offered in the class of 2013, and the Bruins are going coast-to-coast in the early going...

UCLA hasn't wasted any time offering 2013 prospects, with a number of targets already being verbally offered, both with West Coast prospects and with national targets.

The Bruins have two commitments so far in the 2013 class, Westlake (Calif.) cornerback Dashon Hunt, who verballed to the Bruins last summer, and Marrieta (Ga.) Lassiter quarterback Eddie Printz, who pledged to the Bruins last month.

Here is a quick look at the players that have confirmed to us that UCLA has offered.

QUARTERBACKS

The Bruins signed two quarterbacks last week in T.J. Millweard and Devin Fuller. Millweard is a quarterback all the way, while Fuller could also play receiver, which he did at the U.S. Army Bowl. Even with Darius Bell moving to receiver, UCLA will still have three senior quarterbacks on the roster, with Kevin Prince and Nick Crissman in their fifth and final year, and Richard Brehaut entering his fourth year, but still owning a redshirt season. UCLA already has a commitment at quarterback, but will almost assuredly bring in two quarterbacks in the class of 2013.

Eddie Printz, Marrieta (Georgia) Lassiter. COMMITTED. Printz was at one time an SMU commit, but when Adrian Klemm left for UCLA, he decommitted. An offer from the Bruins came and he committed after taking an unofficial last month.

Troy Williams, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne. The City Section Player of the Year after leading Narbonne to the City Section title, Williams is the top quarterback in the Southland and has been stellar on the 7on7 circuit as well, leading Team 1925 to the National Championship last year. He's arguably UCLA's top quarterback target in-state in 2013.

Hayden Rettig, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral. Rettig was verbally offered by the previous staff, amongst a host of other offers. A torn ACL sidelined him for much of his junior year, and he'll continue to rehab. His older brother, Chase, has started at Boston College the past two seasons.

RUNNING BACK

UCLA didn't sign a true running back in this class- Kenny Walker is likely to play receiver, but they've already offered a handful of running backs in the 2013 class.

Deon Martin, Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale. A Scout 100 back that has been ridiculously productive the past two years, was offered by previous staff but had the offer reconfirmed from the new staff.

Keith Ford, Cypress Ridge (Texas). The Lone Star State has been home to elite backs the past two years, and Ford is a member of the Scout 100 and one of the top in-state in this class. UCLA offered him recently.

Thomas Tyner, Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha (Committed to Oregon). A commit to Oregon, he's the top prospect in the state of Oregon in 2013 and not likely to renege on his commitment to the Ducks.

Khalfani Muhammed, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame. A shorter but faster back, Muhammed had an offer from the previous staff and maintains that from the new staff.

Pierre Cormier, San Diego (Calif.) Madison. One of the top prospects in San Diego in the 2013 class, a very gifted running back but could also play in the secondary.

Justin Davis, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln. One of UCLA's most recent targets, Davis ran for over 2,000 yards this season and has a handful of offers nationally.

WIDE RECEIVER

Steven Mitchell, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany. One of the most electric two-way players in the West, Mitchell's recruitment has been intriguing. His first offer was from SMU, when Adrian Klemm came by campus and offered him. Later that day, Washington offered him when Demetrice Martin stopped by Alemany. A couple weeks later, UCLA offered Mitchell. Now Klemm and Martin are at UCLA.

Sebastian LaRue, Santa Monica (Calif.). Another highly skilled receiver, LaRue has a number of offers and UCLA, which is right in his backyard, just offered him in the last week.

John Ross, Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan. Could be the top prospect in the Moore League and in Long Beach, a rarity in that he's not from Poly. Ross was offered by the previous staff but it still stands with the new one.

Darrell Daniels, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom. A big athlete that could also be a safety, had a stellar showing at the U.S. Army Combine, is another guy that Angus McClure has found in Northern California and the Bruins just recently offered him.

Thomas Duarte, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. For the first time in recent memory, Mater Dei didn't have a player sign with an FBS school. Duarte will make sure that doesn't happen in the 2013 class, already holding a UCLA offer and attending numerous games last fall.

Juwan Dickey, Marrieta (Ga.) Lassiter. Dickey is one of Eddie Printz's favorite targets and when UCLA was by the school last month to check in on Kenny Orjioke, Dickey was offered by the Bruins.

Tyree Robinson, San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln. One half of the Robinson twins, both football-basketball players, he's the better athlete of the two, but he's leaning towards basketball at this point.

TIGHT END

Marcus Baugh, Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North. An early offer recipient from the Bruins' previous staff, it's been reiterated that his offer still stands, and with good reason- he's the best tight end in-state next year.

Chase Abbington, St. Peters (Mo.) Fort Zumwalt South. One of the top athletes in the Midlands, Abbington can play receiver or tight end at the next level.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN

John Lopez, Orange (Calif.) Orange Lutheran. Was offered by the previous UCLA staff before he ever played a down of varsity football. Has lived up to it too, with offers from Florida State and Colorado coming in. He was in Westwood for the Bruins' recruiting get-together when the majority of guys there were from 2012.

Erik Bunte, Santa Margarita (Calif.). A massive individual, Bunte is 6-7, 310-pounds, and one of three D-I linemen in the 2013 class for the Eagles, who won a state championship. He is one of UCLA's newest offer recipients.

Nico Falah, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. On a team that was blessed with numerous skill position stars, Falah was the best lineman on Bosco and is one of the best in an already loaded Trinity League.

DEFENSIVE END

Kylie Fitts, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley. The top pass-rusher in the Southland, Fitts was part of a monster defense at REV and UCLA offered him early and reconfirmed that to him last week.

Robert Nkemdiche, Grayson (Ga.). The top prospect in the country in the 2013 class, Nkemdiche wisely was offered before and after by the UCLA coaching staff, but he'll have his pick from around the country.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Eddie Vanderdoes, Placer (Calif.). May be the Sacramento area's top prospect next year and will be taking an unofficial visit to UCLA later this month.

Justin Manning, Dallas (Texas) Kimball. One of the premier defensive prospects in the Lone Star State in 2013, Manning has a number of offers from in and out of state.

Kenneth Clark, Rialto (Calif.) Carter. If Fitts is the best defensive end in the Inland Empire, Clark is the top interior prospect in that region and UCLA just recently offered him.

LINEBACKER

Michael Hutchings Concord (Calif.) De La Salle. The five-star prospect is the top defensive player in the West in 2013 and maybe the best overall prospect. Offers from all the big guns in the Pac-12.

Myles Jack, Bellevue (Wash.). A Georgia native who played with Printz and Dickey early in his career before moving to Washington, Jack plays with his hand down as an end but projects as more of a 3-4 outside backer at the next level.

Sean Constantine, Bellevue (Wash.). The more pure linebacker between he and Jack, he was a defensive standout for the Wolverines, who finished in the top 10 nationally this year and won another Washington State title. Was one of the first players in the 2013 class that Mora himself offered.

Carl Lawson, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton. Can play defensive end or outside linebacker, has a number of offers from the SEC but UCLA is making an effort and had some success in the state of Georgia, where Jim Mora was once head coach for the Atlanta Falcons.

Reuben Foster, La Grange (Ga.) Troup County. The best linebacker in the nation, he was an early commit to Alabama, but UCLA still offered him.

CORNERBACK

Dashon Hunt, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake. COMMITTED. UCLA offered him as a sophomore and he committed in the summer. May have been the best two-way player in the division, ahead of Ishmael Adams, doing damage as a running back and as a cornerback.

L.J. Moore, Fresno (Calif.) Central. A big, rangy cornerback, Moore has tremendous ball skills and UCLA is one of a number of Pac-12 schools to offer Moore.

SAFETY

Su'a Cravens, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta. If it's not Hutchings, than Cravens will be the top player in the West in 2013. Cravens is like Shaq Thompson, he can play a number of positions, and play them excellently. May end up as an outside linebacker in college.

Max Redfield, Mission Viejo (Calif.). The top pure safety in the class of 2013 in the Southland, UCLA offered him but USC has been his dream school. Still, UCLA's offer gets them in the mix.

Leon McQuay, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood. Similar to Wayne Lyons from the 2011 class, now at Stanford, McQuay is a ridiculous talent with excellent grades and will have every major school after him.

Hatari Byrd, Fresno (Calif.) Central. Similar to T.J. McDonald, another Fresno native, Byrd teams with Moore for the best safety-corner combo in the state since Cliff Harris and McDonald.

Tahaan Goodman, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.). Goodman and teammate Chris Hawkins will rival Moore and Byrd and UCLA just recently offered him.

Priest Willis, Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza. UCLA has started to hit Arizona hard the past couple of years and Willis will be one of the best in the state in 2013.

Tyrell Robinson, San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln. The other half of the Robinson twins, may not be as athletic as Tyree but is the more likely of the two to play football in college.


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