UCLA certainly hasn't wasted any time offering 2013 prospects, with a number of targets already being verbally offered, both on the west coast and nationally.
The Bruins have three commitments so far in the 2013 class, two on offense and one on defense.
On the offensive side of the ball, there has been some influences impacting UCLA's recruiting. First and foremost, the departure of the Pistol has helped with receiver recruiting, a position the Bruin staff struggled to recruit the past couple of years because of worries of its inclusion in the position in the offense.
Another trend in UCLA offensive recruiting is the presence of new offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, one of the best recruiters in the college game, and someone who's not just recruiting the Southland but nationally as well, and a major reason the Bruins have two verbals from the state of Georgia.
Here is a look at some of the Bruins top targets offensively. Of course, it has to be noted that it's very early and this list could very well dramatically change by next winter. With the way Mora and his staff have already shown a penchant for recruiting, it's pretty safe to assert that, if the 2012 Bruins actually win and look good on the field, UCLA recruiting for 2013 could explode, and this list could look completely different by Signing Day 2013.
The Bruins signed two quarterbacks last month 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 isn't against bringing in two quarterbacks in this class.
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 in January. His teammate Kenny Orjioke signed with UCLA last month and Printz is turning into a recruiter of sorts for the Bruins in the Southeast. OFFERED.
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 one of UCLA's top in-state targets at the quarterback position, especially if UCLA really emphasizes taking a second quarterback. OFFERED.
Hayden Rettig, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral. Rettig was verbally offered by the previous staff, amongst a host of other offers, but has had it reconfirmed to him from the new staff. 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. Last weekend, Rettig missed UCLA's Junior Day so he could go down South and was at Auburn's Junior Day. OFFERED.
Other Quarterbacks to Watch
Jared Goff, Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic
Sefo Liufau, Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep
Matt Simko, Ontario (Calif.) Colony
Kelly Hilinski, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Brandon Cox, Pasadena (Calif.
UCLA didn't sign a true running back in the class of 2012, so they've offered a number of prospects in the 2013 class, and already have one committed, albeit from a Georgia native with SEC offers.
Keyante Green, McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian Academy. COMMITTED. Green has a number of SEC offers, in fact, he reportedly was set to commit to Georgia, but the Bulldogs had too many running backs. So he committed to UCLA, sight unseen. That means the Bruins will have to keep recruiting him, considering the list of offers he's had, where he's from, and the fact that he's not seen UCLA. Still, it doesn't hurt to get a back from the Southeast to commit early. The key, obviously, is keeping him. OFFERED.
Pierre Cormier, San Diego (Calif.) Madison. One of the top prospects in San Diego in the 2013 class, Cormier is a very gifted running back but could also play in the secondary. The Bruin staff likes him on offense though, and he nearly popped for UCLA last weekend at Junior Day. OFFERED.
Thomas Tyner, Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha. 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 but UCLA still will recruit him. OFFERED.
Craig Lee, Redlands (Calif.) One of the top prospects in the Inland Empire, Lee got an offer from UCLA last month, but got his first offer from Washington, from then-coach Demetrice Martin, and Martin has continued to recruit him now that he's with the Bruin staff. OFFERED.
Justin Davis, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln. Davis ran for over 2,000 yards this season and has a handful of offers nationally. USC offered him at their Junior Day and Cal was another school who offered, that he grew up rooting for. Florida State and Oklahoma have also offered. He's the top back in the state of California in 2013 and already has his pick of offers. OFFERED.
Deon Martin, Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale. A Scout 100 back that has been ridiculously productive the past two years, Martin was offered by previous staff but had the offer reconfirmed from the new staff. He told Greg Biggins that Vanderbilt offered this week, to go with his UCLA offer, but the Bruins are probably in his second tier, behind Oregon and Alabama, who've not offered, but that he still likes. OFFERED.
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 early Scout 100 and one of the top in-state in this class. UCLA offered him recently but it figures to be a Big 12 battle for Ford. OFFERED.
Khalfani Muhammad, 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. He's in the Maurice Jones-Drew makeup, short and compact but with power and speed. OFFERED.
Other Running Backs to Watch
Jalen Ortiz, Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial
Aaron Baltazar, Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake
Terrell Newby, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Lavon Coleman, Lompoc (Calif.)
Dontel James, Ontario (Calif.) Colony
Marcus Lewis, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
With the Pistol gone, so likely could UCLA's troubles at recruiting the receiver position. The Bruin staff has offered a ton of players at this position, and figures to bring in a number of them this year, or at least that is their hope. And with Eric Yarber not just coaching the receivers, but also having a hand in recruiting them, as well as Southern California as a whole, UCLA is going to be heavily in the mix for numerous top receivers.
Sebastian LaRue, Santa Monica (Calif.). A highly skilled two-way athlete, LaRue may be the best receiver in the state in this class and has a number of offers, from all over the country. UCLA, which is right in his backyard, offered him under Rick Neuheisel and also under Mora. They'll have their work cut out for them because of how many offers, and who has offered Larue, but they'll have the home-field advantage working in their favorite. OFFERED.
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. The hangup, though, could be the recruitment of Mitchell's teammate, Jerico Richardson, who was offered by the previous staff, and committed, in the 2012 class. When told he would be grayshirting, he opted to sign with Nevada. Mitchell didn't come to UCLA's Junior Day, as their could be some issues between the Alemany staff and the UCLA staff because of Richardson's recruitment. Still, the UCLA coaches have 11 months to work with this. OFFERED
Francis Owusu, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. One of the best big receivers in the West, Owusu shined in the postseason for the Lions last year, playing opposite signee Jordan Payton, having his coming out party in the CIF-SS finals against Westlake, where he had four receptions for nearly 200 yards, and three touchdowns. The younger brother of Stanford receiver Chris Owusu, Francis doesn't have Chris' speed (few do), but he's bigger and much more physical a receiver. UCLA offered before Junior Day and Stanford has offered as well, as have Wisconsin and Florida, where coaches who coached Chris at Stanford, are now coaching. UCLA has done well at Oaks Christian, though, of late. OFFERED
Demorea Stringfellow, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde. Another big receiver, Stringfellow comes from a school known more for their big guys, Tyron Smith, Ronald Powell and Junior Pomee. He's one of the better skill prospects in the Inland Empire and UCLA offered him under Neuheisel and he still has a Bruin offer. He loved UCLA's Junior Day and the Bruin staff is doing very well with him. OFFERED
John Ross, Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan. Ross 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 and he nearly committed to UCLA at Junior Day. Ross could play on either side of the ball, and UCLA would take him as an athlete and decide later. OFFERED
Samajie Grant, Ontario (Calif.) Colony. Grant can play defensive back, where Arizona offered him, or receiver, where UCLA offered. Grant was offered by the Bruins at Junior Day last weekend and that immediately shot the Bruins to the top of his list. OFFERED
Darrell Daniels, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom. A big athlete that could also be a safety, Daniels had a stellar showing at the U.S. Army Combine and is another guy that Angus McClure has found in Northern California. UCLA was one of his first offers and now more offers are coming his way. OFFERED.
Juwan Dickey, Marrieta (Ga.) Lassiter. Dickey is one of Eddie Printz's favorite targets and when UCLA was by the school in January to check in on Kenny Orjioke, Dickey was offered by the Bruins. However, he told David Woods he'd prefer to stay close to home so his family could watch him play. OFFERED.
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 and told David Woods he's likely not going to play football in college. OFFERED.
Other Receivers to Watch
Devon Allen, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep- OFFERED
Ra'Shaad Samples, Dallas (Texas) Skyline- OFFERED
Julius Wilson, Culver City (Calif.)
A.J. Richardson, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
River Cracraft, Santa Margarita (Calif.)
The days of the traditional tight end might be gone at UCLA, with the move to the "Y" position by Joseph Fauria and Marques Tuiasosopo being called the "Inside Receivers" coach as much as tight ends coach. The players they've offered at this position are more in the pass-catching tight end mold (think Ryan Moya) rather than the sixth lineman (think Cory Harkey).
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. His mom attended UCLA and Duarte was at Junior Day and loved his time there. USC was his favorite school growing up, not uncommon for Mater Dei players, especially with two of his teammates playing for the Trojans, but UCLA is doing well with him. OFFERED.
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. But the Bruins have some work to do to get heavily in the mix for Baugh, who also has offers from Miami and Florida nationally. OFFERED.
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. He's listed as a running back, but at 6-4, 210, he's more along the lines of Anthony Barr. Several Midlands and Midwest schools have gotten in the mix. OFFERED.
Other Tight Ends to Watch
Kyle Self, Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula
With Adrian Klemm now coaching the offensive line, the Bruins have their best recruiter on offense, and probably their best offensive line recruiter, in well, a long time. He's the polar opposite from Bob Palcic, his predecessor, who was not much of a recruiter at all (although, to his credit, he was instrumental in landing Xavier Su'a-Filo the first time). UCLA didn't bring in a lot of offensive linemen in 2012, in what was a banner year for the position, but they got their most important recruit back in Su'a-Filo. Now Klemm has a whole year to recruit this position, instead of less then a month.
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. Falah has offers that span the country, with Florida and Oregon two schools to offer him this week. The Bruins were his first BCS offer and his father went to UCLA, so the Bruins have an advantage there. OFFERED.
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 early offer recipients and he had a great time at UCLA's Junior Day and the Bruins are doing well with him. OFFERED.
John Lopez, Orange (Calif.) Orange Lutheran. Was offered by the previous UCLA staff before he ever played a down of varsity football. He has lived up to it too, with offers from Washington, Florida State and Colorado coming in. He was in Westwood for the Bruins' Junior Day and said it was a completely different atmosphere than what he was first introduced to. OFFERED.
Brayden Kearsley, Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha. One of the premier linemen in the Northwest, Kearsley was offered by BYU last summer and committed to the Cougars. But now Pac-12 schools are getting in the mix, and several of them have offered, including UCLA, who offered last week. Kearsley may take an unofficial visit to UCLA this spring or summer. OFFERED.
Sean Dowling, Fallbrook (Calif.). Dowling was first offered by Colorado but then took a trip to UCLA for the Bruins' Junior Day last Sunday and was one of a select few to leave with an offer. Dowling has a 4.1 GPA too, so academics are a big deal for him, and the time in Westwood left a good impression on him. OFFERED.
Evan Voeller, West Linn (Ore.). Voeller hails from the same high school that former UCLA quarterback Cade McNown came from and like Kearsley, he is one of the top linemen in the Northwest. The Bruins have offered, among a host of schools, but Oregon could be the next and with his brother a walk-on with the Ducks, they could be tough to pass on should they offer. OFFERED.
Kenny Lacy, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe. The top offensive lineman in Arizona, Lacy is collecting offers from all over the country and UCLA is hoping they have continued success in Arizona. OFFERED.
Aaron Cochran, Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony. A mammoth 6-8, 350-pounder, Cochran was offered by the Bruins this week. UCLA recruited his older brother, Matt, before he signed with Cal last month, and the feeling is the Bears are the team to beat for him. OFFERED.
Other Offensive Linemen to Watch
Steve Mathie, Canton (Ohio) Glen Oak- OFFERED
Riley Sorenson, Santa Margarita (Calif.)
Dane Crane, Santa Margarita (Calif.)
J.D. Hinnant, Fountain Valley (Calif.)
Robert McGee, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian