Football Recruiting Reset: Offense

With the spring evaluation period over and the camp season about to start at UCLA, we take a look at the Bruins' main targets on offense...

UCLA has brought in some big classes in Jim Mora's first two recruiting classes, for 2012 and 2013. The 2014 class will be a bit different, however. Rather than consist of 25-27 recruits, the 2014 class will probably be in the 18-20 range. So, UCLA will be far more selective in this class. It's a result, first, of UCLA having less scholarships to give, but also a matter that, with the upswing and momentum of the program, and UCLA having already stocked up in 2012 and 2013, the staff feels it can shoot for an even higher-level of talent in 2014.

QUARTERBACK

UCLA will be targeting one quarterback in the class of 2014 but with the recent decision by Kyle Allen to commit to Texas A&M, the Bruins are back to the drawing board.

Brandon Dawkins, 6-4, 215, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
National Position Ranking: 22
-- Dawkins has the measurables – size, arm strength and athleticism, but mechanically has some flaws. Notre Dame, NC State, Utah and Hawaii have offered, but he tried to commit to Notre Dame and they told him to hold off.  He'll be at UCLA's Skills Camp next week to throw.  He's also been to LSU for their camp and plans to camp at Georgia and USC as well.  He's at a school that UCLA has done well at.  If UCLA offered, he'd likely take it.

Cade Apsay, 6-2, 195, Canyon Country (Calif.)
National Position Ranking: 3-star
-- Apsay has an offer from Arizona, and looked good at the San Francisco Elite 11 last month.  He was set to go to the Q90 Camp this weekend, but is instead camping at Oregon NFTC as he's one of six finalists for the last two spots for the Elite 11 Finals.  So he'll instead camp at UCLA at the Elite Camp next month.  He's got good size and a nice throwing motion and UCLA has definite interest in him.  Plus, there is the whole first name thing.

Jalen Greene, 6-3, 185, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
National Position Ranking: 34
-- Greene is committed to Boise State, but UCLA was recruiting him some early, and he was one of the select few invited to their mini-Junior Day the weekend after Signing Day.  He comes from a school that UCLA is trying to make major in-roads too, and he's coming off a season in which he led the Cavs to a state title.  Serra is arguably the most talented school in the West, and he's the leader of that team, so if UCLA were to offer and give him something to think about, he could play pied piper with other Serra targets.

Manny Wilkins, 6-3, 185, Novato (Calif.) San Marin
National Position Ranking: 15
-- Wilkins committed to Arizona State just four days before Kyle Allen committed to Texas A&M.  He said immediately after Allen committed to the Aggies that he was solid to Arizona State, and it's pretty unlikely he'll flip his commitment if UCLA offered.  Still, they'll probably keep trying with him.

Brad Kaaya, 6-4, 208, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
National Position Ranking: 19
-- Kaaya is another commit, this time to Miami, and he too made it clear after Allen's commitment that he was solid to the Canes.  He also threw in the fact that at Miami, he was a priority and doesn't think he's a good fit for UCLA's offense.  Still, UCLA might try and woo him and with Al Golden always a threat to leave with NCAA sanctions looming, they'll keep trying.

Others to Watch:
Nick Bawden, 6-2, 205, Los Gatos (Calif.)
Coltin Gerhart, 6-0, 215, Norco (Calif.)
Luke Rubenzer, 6-1, 195, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro

RUNNING BACK

Depending on the fate of Craig Lee, and whether he eventually enrolls at UCLA, the Bruins could be after not just one but two tailbacks for 2014.

Joe Mixon, 6-1, 195, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom
National Position Ranking: 5, UCLA Offer
-- UCLA offered Mixon in early February, but he has offers from around the country and is a major national prospect. He likes UCLA quite a bit and was waiting on the offer and the Bruins made his top 16, but with offers from all over, he's not in any rush to make a decision.  Cal, the hometown school, and Washington, where his teammate signed in February, look to be the early leaders, but UCLA is trying.

Royce Freeman, 6-00, 220, Imperial (Calif.)
National Position Ranking: 25, UCLA Offer
-- Few running backs have upped their stock this spring like Freeman, for a variety of reasons.  After some early skepticism because of the competition he's played, Freeman was the MVP of the NFTC, and physically, may be the most impressive running back in the West region.  Since his MVP performance, a number of schools have offered, including UCLA, and the Bruins are high on his list, as is Oregon, which recently offered him as well as Florida, who visited him this spring.  UCLA has surprisingly done well in Imperial historically, signing the last two Pac-12 prospects from the school in Robert Thomas and Christian Ramirez.

Demario Richard, 5-10, 175, Palmdale (Calif.)
National Position Ranking: 26, UCLA Offer
-- Richard is a quick, speedy type that UCLA has offered, seeing him fit in that smaller, scatback role. He likes UCLA but is starting to pick up some more offers, 16 in all.  He was at UCLA's practice earlier this spring and said he does like UCLA, but with more schools getting involved, doesn't seem to want to make an early decision.  He's also said that Arizona State is his top school, and has been for some time.

Rashaad Penny, 6-0, 185, Norwalk (Calif.)
National Position Ranking: 33
-- Penny is a good running back who comes from a school that doesn't produce a lot of talent, so things were slow in the early going for him recruiting wise.  But it picked up as the eval period went on.  Penny has a handful of Mountain West offers but wants to play in the Pac-12 and UCLA has been one of his favorite schools for some time.  He'll camp at UCLA this month in hopes of landing an offer.

Others to Watch:
D.J. Riggins, 5-11, 180, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Kevin Nutt, 5-11, 185, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Kishawn Holmes, 5-8, 170, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta

WIDE RECEIVER

With UCLA missing on a couple of 2013 receivers, and the UCLA offense needing a big number of receivers, expect UCLA to be going after a good number of them for 2014.

Barry Ware, 6-3, 205, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
National Position Ranking: 93, COMMIT
-- Ware was UCLA's first commit in the 2014 class, committing just a few days after the Bruins offered him.  UCLA was his first offer, a surprise considering his size and skill set and his junior film. A few more schools offered since he committed, but Ware, who was invited to their Junior Day in February, long favored the Bruins.

Michiah Quick, 5-11, 175, Fresno (Calif.) Central East
National Position Ranking: 1, UCLA Offer
-- Quick is one of the top priorities in the 2014 class for UCLA, and for many programs around the country. UCLA obviously has good connections at Central, signing his teammate Johnny Johnson, and his coach has had numerous players go to UCLA. UCLA wasn't originally on his short list, but after a visit to one of their spring practices, they moved into his top five, and UCLA will continue to heavily pursue him.

Malachi Dupre, 6-3, 175, River Ridge (Louisiana) John Curtis Christian
National Position Ranking: 8, UCLA Offer
-- Dupre is a big target in the SEC, but likes UCLA and visited UCLA in February for the Bruins' Junior Day.  He's also returned to UCLA for the Spring Game and raved about the visit and his relationship with Eric Yarber, the Bruins' receivers coach.  Dupre has also indicated that he plans another return trip to Westwood this summer.  That would be three unofficial visits on his own, which certainly is an indicator of his interest in the Bruins.

Jalen Brown, 6-2, 175, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe
National Position Ranking: 8, UCLA Offer
-- Already with offers from around the country, Brown is the top receiver in a loaded crop from Arizona, and is the #2-ranked receiver in the region after Quick.  Brown visited UCLA unofficially in March and one of his former teammates, Kenny Lacy, signed with UCLA in February.  UCLA was one of his earliest offers and considering UCLA's recent success in Arizona, Brown is getting the attention that shows UCLA isn't trying to stop there.  While much has been made about what affect Kyle Allen could have had on Arizona recruits, Brown and Allen, from what we've heard, aren't that close.

Mark Andrews, 6-6, 220, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain
National Ranking: 11, UCLA Offer
-- Like Brown, Andrews is another elite receiver from Arizona, and he's also teammates with Allen.  Andrews is planning to visit this spring as well.  He's a perfect fit for the Y role, at 6-6, 220, and UCLA is really pushing him on that spot, showing him how they utilized Joe Fauria.  With Allen going elsewhere, there is one possible connection for Andrews, but he's seemed to make it clear that his decision is independent of what Allen is doing.

Alex Van Dyke, 6-4, 200, Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove
National Ranking: 36, UCLA Offer
-- The top skill player in the Sacramento area, Van Dyke has great bloodlines, his father was an all-American at Nevada before playing for several years with the New York Jets.  Van Dyke was offered in March and UCLA is definitely in the mix for him; he visited unofficially in February and has long coveted a Bruin offer.  He played with cornerback Marcus Rios as a sophomore and is good friends with Rios, who spent time with him on his unofficial visit.  Oregon just offered him last week as the evaluation period closed and he'll camp with USC this month for Rising Stars, and they could offer him as well, which could complicate things for the Bruins.

Erik Brown, 6-1, 175, Fontana (Calif.) Summit
National Ranking: 30, UCLA Offer
-- UCLA offered Brown in March and no receiver has blown up this spring like Brown, who had no offers coming into the spring, but is now in double-digits.  UCLA is doing well with Brown but with Washington also making a big impression and Notre Dame recently offering, he's now in no rush to make a decision.  He will also camp with USC and his 7on7 coach is the father of USC freshman cornerback Chris Hawkins.

Dionte Sykes, 6-2, 195, Chandler (Ariz.)
National Ranking: 85, UCLA Offer
-- Sykes comes from Brett Hundley's alma mater, as well as Paul Perkins'.  Sykes is an interesting player- he's got the talent, and did well at the Los Angeles NFTC.  But he also "committed" to Arizona State without an offer and while he considers himself a commit to UCLA (he does have an offer), we've heard he's not considered a commit by the Bruins.  He's got talent, though, and he's close with several of UCLA's targets in Arizona.  But there doesn't appear to be a push to take his verbal right now.

Others to Watch:
Donovan Lee, 5-9, 165, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Jordan Lasley,6-2, 180, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Justin Holmes, 6-2, 185, Roseville (Calif.) Oakmont
Wyatt Demps, 6-2, 175, Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove

TIGHT END/Y

UCLA is looking pretty good at the position, but it will undoubtedly bring in at least one Y.

Tyler Luatua, 6-4, 215, La Mirada (Calif.)
National Position Ranking: 2, UCLA Offer
-- Luatua has seemed to be favoring Alabama for some time, and it makes sense, with his brother, Isaac, a sophomore offensive lineman there.  He's cooled on USC some, though, and we've heard if he stayed local, UCLA would have a very good shot at him.  Texas offered him on Wednesday and he has some other big national offers, too.  He's one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the region but has had an up and down spring, performance wise.

Bryce Dixon, 6-4, 220, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
National Position Ranking: 8, UCLA Offer
-- Dixon has been on UCLA's radar for months, earning an offer from the Bruins back in the fall and he was at their select Junior Day in February and it's clearly known to him that he's coveted by the Bruin staff and is near the top of their board.  Dixon has said that UCLA is certainly a school he's highly interested in, but he's got a handful of national offers, including Oregon, USC, Florida and Ohio State, so they'll still have to work to get him.  Where he looked like a UCLA lean at one point, he's now a guy the Bruins will have to push for.

Trevor Wood, 6-5, 235, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral
National Position Ranking: 16, UCLA Offer
-- Wood got an offer from UCLA in April, another top prospect from Arizona that the Bruins are after.  He's more of a power tight end, a physical blocker with decent hands, than he is a pure Y.  He missed his junior season with an injury but has looked good thus far this spring.

Others to Watch:
Zack Bornstein, 6-4, 210, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Dylan Keeney, 6-5, 220, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Darrell Cloy, 6-3, 220, La Habra (Calif.)

OFFENSIVE LINE

After taking 7 OLs for 2013, in 2014 they'll probably only take four.

Dominick Jackson, 6-6, 300, College of San Mateo (Calif.)
National Position Ranking: JC 4-star (OT), COMMIT
-- Jackson is considered to be the top JC offensive lineman in the country in the 2014 class, and it's a pretty good year for JUCO lineman.  He committed to the Bruins on Wednesday, over an offer list that included Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Oregon and USC, and he cited his relationship with Adrian Klemm as a big reason why.  Jackson will likely not graduate until next June, so he'd miss spring ball.  He could play either tackle or guard, and if Xavier Su'a-Filo were to leave early for the NFL, he could be the guy to replace him.

Jermaine Eluemunor, 6-5, 315, Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna
National Position Ranking: JC 4-star (OT), UCLA Offer
-- If Jackson is the #1 OL in the JC ranks, then Elumunor is no worse than 1A.  He has offers from all over the country, with UCLA, Alabama, Ohio State, Arkansas and Florida State some of his top schools. He said earlier this spring he's planning to visit UCLA this summer officially (as a JC player, this is possible), with Florida State and Arkansas also receiving an official visit.  UCLA would love to get him and enroll him in January to be around for the spring, to also offset a potential early NFL departure of Xavier Su'a-Filo.

Demetrius Knox, 6-4, 305, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal
National Position Ranking: 6 (OG), UCLA Offer
-- A one-time Texas commit, Knox has taken to social media pretty aggressively and consistently about his favoring of the Bruins. He was supposed to take an unofficial visit last weekend, but travel got conflicted so he's coming later this month.  He and Caleb Benenoch have developed a pretty good relationship and the Bruins feel very good about getting him.  He also plays at the same school that redshirt freshman quarterback T.J. Millweard prepped at.

Jarrell Broxton, 6-5, 320, Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna
National Position Ranking: JC 3-star (OT), UCLA Offer
-- Another JC prospect that UCLA has offered is Broxton, who Adrian Klemm offered when he was out seeing Eluemunor for their spring game.  He's more of a guard prospect, and he said he's likely to stay out East, but he does want to visit UCLA and may trip out with Eluemunor this summer.

Natrell Curtis, 6-2, 300, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe
National Position Ranking: 7 (OG), UCLA Offer
-- Another teammate of Kenny Lacy, Curtis is high on UCLA, and once the Bruins offered, it made them even more of a factor.  Arizona State is putting the hometown press on Curtis, but so is Lacy and UCLA.  He's visited once and plans to visit again this summer.  UCLA wants him as an offensive lineman, though several schools have offered him as a defensive lineman. 

D.J. Foster, 6-3, 314, Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast
National Position Ranking: 16 (OG), UCLA Offer
-- Foster got an offer late in the eval period, and he's one of the better interior offensive linemen in the country.  He's got some nice offers from the SEC among his double digits, including Florida and Georgia, and of course, hometown Nebraska looms large, but UCLA will try to get him out for a visit.

Kammy Delp, 6-4, 305, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch
National Position Ranking: 44 (OG)
-- Delp has offers for both sides of the ball, but after an MVP performance at the Oakland NFTC, he's pretty much set on the offensive line.  He's a good guard prospect, physical and nasty with good athleticism and has blown up this spring.  He doesn't have an offer from any in-state Pac-12 school, about the only Pac-12 schools that haven't offered, but he'll camp with both UCLA and USC and he'd like to stay close to home if possible.

Others to Watch:
Damien Mama, 6-5, 340, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Casey Tucker, 6-6, 290, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Larry Allen, 6-3, 250, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle


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