Football Recruiting Reset: Offense

As the summer camp circuit draws to a close, UCLA is going to gear up for an important fall, where a good season could open up many doors for a top class, with the makings of a good one already in place. Here is an offensive recruiting reset as of mid-July...

UCLA, at this point in its 2013 football recruiting, is in very good shape.

There are some pockets of concern, but overall the UCLA staff has accomplished quite a bit already with the 2013 class and is in a very good position heading into the 2012 season.

As of right now, UCLA has 11 commitments, but if you're considering the number in regard to how many they can take on their roster and remain under the NCAA limit of 85, we'll call it 10. We're not counting the commitment of receiver Inoke Lotulelei, since he plans on taking his Mormon Mission right out of high school, won't enroll in the fall of 2013 and, therefore, doesn't count.

With 10 committed, then, UCLA will probably fill out a class of 22 or 23.

They'll need to have 4 or 5 scholarships come available by Signing Day in February, but there is always natural attrition through injury and transfer, and that doesn't seem like too far-fetched of a number.

QUARTERBACKS

With two quarterbacks signed in February, and a third that walked-on, UCLA is only bringing in one quarterback in this class.  Printz is their only quarterback target, and with him on board, they're finished recruiting 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 in February and Printz is turning into a recruiter of sorts for the Bruins in the Southeast. He was out for the Bruins' Spring Game and again in the summer with several of his Team Georgia teammates and while he took some unofficial visits to some Southern schools, is solid to the Bruins and he said the UCLA coaches have told him he's their lone quarterback for this class. OFFERED.

RUNNING BACK

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.  He returned to UCLA, with Printz, in June, and said he's solid to UCLA, but has since indicted he may take some official visits, so we'll see how this one turns out.  OFFERED.

Craig Lee, Redlands (Calif.)  One of the top prospects in the Inland Empire, Lee got an offer from UCLA in January, 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, as has Steve Broussard, who's the running backs coach and recruits the Inland Empire.  Ten of the 12 Pac-12 schools have offered, but UCLA remains in serious contention for him and we're hearing are the leaders for him.  Lee was at UCLA's camp last month and spent a lot of time with the coaches following the camp.  OFFERED.

Other Running Backs to Watch
Khalfani Muhammad, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Aaron Baltazar, Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake
Joseph Ajeigbe, Norco (Calif.)

WIDE RECEIVER

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.  There has been some concerns that UCLA hasn't recruited as well at the receivers position as initially hoped, and valid concerns they are.  Since then, though, UCLA seems to be picking it up a bit.

Inoke Lotulelei, Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood- COMMITTED.  Lotulelei committed to UCLA in May, but he's planning to serve his LDS mission immediately out of high school, so he wouldn't enroll until the fall of 2015 anywhere. That said, Lotulelei has been offered by BYU, and that was where he was favoring.  We've heard it's just a matter of time before he flips to the Cougars, but for now, he's still committed to the Bruins.  Still, his scholarship wouldn't really crunch UCLA for a few years, even if he does sign in February.

Sebastian LaRue, Santa Monica (Calif.). A highly skilled two-way athlete, LaRue committed to USC in June, but with their tight numbers crunch, and the likelihood that they will move him to corner, LaRue could end up opening things up and UCLA will continue to try with LaRue and sell him on being their top receiver target. 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, though their first preference, of course, is as a receiver.  Ross also likes Washington, but with the Huskies having two bigger receivers in this class, and UCLA not having any receivers, the Bruins could have an advantage based on their depth chart.  He spent a lot of time at UCLA last month at their camp, despite not camping.  OFFERED

Devon Allen, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep.  The top receiver in Arizona, Allen came out with a top 15 earlier this month and UCLA was listed in it, but we've not heard a whole lot that would indicate the Bruins are a serious suitor for him.  Still, if he keeps paring his list down and UCLA finds themselves on it, they'll gladly continue to pursue him.  He's one of the top track athletes in the West in this class as well.  OFFERED

Joshua Taylor, Los Angeles (Calif.) Franklin.  Taylor basically came out of nowhere to put on a show at UCLA's 7on7 tournament last month, in front of the UCLA coaches, and got a lot of attention from the Bruin coaches when it was done, including Eric Yarber.  He's played out of position as a quarterback for Franklin, but is a natural receiver, with good size, body control and hands.  He's also got pretty good speed and we've heard he's solid academically.

Other Receivers to Watch
Julius Wilson, Culver City (Calif.)
Jake Roh, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral

TIGHT END

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, and while they haven't offered, they're still on his short list, along with Oregon, who also hasn't offered but who is in his top five.  The other three schools in his top five include Notre Dame, Washington and UCLA, all who've offered.  OFFERED.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

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 will have had a whole year to recruit this position, instead of less then a month, and he's already off to a good start, with three linemen committed, all tackle prospects.

Christian Morris, Memphis (Tenn.) East.  The 6-6, 285-pounder was only offered by UCLA in the spring, and immediately shot to the forefront. He committed to the Bruins last week, and his relationship with Klemm was a major reason for his decision to pick the Bruins.  Like any out-of-region prospect, UCLA will have to stay on him, especially if SEC schools put a big push on him, but he's made it seem as if he's all Bruin.  OFFERED.

Erik Bunte, Santa Margarita (Calif.). COMMITTED. 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 was one of UCLA's early offer recipients and he had a great time at UCLA's Junior Day and the Bruins ended up getting a commitment from him not long after.  OFFERED.

Sean Dowling, Fallbrook (Calif.).  COMMITTED.  Dowling was first offered by Colorado but then took a trip to UCLA for the Bruins' Junior Day 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.  About a month later, Dowling committed to the Bruins, and gave them their second tackle prospect in this class.  Oklahoma offered late in spring and he said he may take a visit, but he said he's solid to UCLA.

Na'Ty Rodgers, McDonough (Md.). Rodgers is from the East Coast, but his father is from Los Angeles and lives 20 minutes from the UCLA campus.  His father also used to work at UCLA and played at Washington and he told us this week, he's got a lot of interest in playing out West.  He camped at UCLA and got an offer from the Bruins, and UCLA is in the mix, though he said he likely won't take an official visit to UCLA since he's been to the campus a number of times.  Unlike a lot of out-of-state kids, distance truly isn't an issue for 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 a number of other offers. He was in Westwood for the Bruins' Junior Day and said it was a completely different atmosphere than what he was first introduced to.  After a so-so junior year, he's re-shaped his body and had a good showing at the SoCal NFTC.  UCLA and Washington are his leaders, and he's gone back and forth between each as his favorite.  If UCLA really pushed, though, the feeling is he'd commit.  OFFERED.

Scott Quessenberry, Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon.  Another one of UCLA's top targets, Quessenberry was at around during the spring, and was on Quessenberry's short list, but since the summer, when more offers have come, they've fallen back to the pack a bit, with Cal, Nebraska and Washington now standing out to him.  OFFERED.

Sean Harlow, San Clemente (Calif.).  Harlow got offered by UCLA in late spring, and the Bruins became the 10th Pac-12 school to offer him.  His dad played at USC, so that's his dream school, but the scholarship crunch could hurt his chances.  While UCLA was one of the later schools to offer him, their proximity to home could make them a candidate for him, but as of now, he's got four schools standing out to him, Cal, Nebraska, Oregon State and Washington, with UCLA in the next tier, and Harlow is likely headed out of Southern California at this point.  OFFERED.

Poasi Moala, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde.  Moala was offered by UCLA last month, and then committed to Washington a couple of days later.  That said, their proximity to home, and Moala's own comments after he committed, have UCLA thinking they still have a chance, and you can bet they'll still recruit him up until Signing Day.  OFFERED.

Kenny Lacy, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe.  The top offensive lineman in Arizona, Lacy is collecting offers from all over the country and while UCLA is on his list and in his final eight, we've heard he's not much of a priority for UCLA right now.  OFFERED.

Other Offensive Linemen to Watch
Riley Sorenson, Santa Margarita (Calif.)
David Maka, Tustin (Calif.)


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