Football Recruiting Reset: Offense

With UCLA's camps done, we reset the offensive recruiting board, where there has been some reshuffling at key positions...

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.


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.  In fact, UCLA's quarterback recruiting is in a precarious position, much like a year ago, but there is likely not an Asiantii Woulard to fall in their lap.  You can even make a case that's its more precarious because they've told Josh Rosen that if he commits to UCLA, they wouldn't take a quarterback in the 2014 class.

Brandon Dawkins, 6-4, 215, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
National Position Ranking: 23
-- 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 was at UCLA's Skills Camp earlier this month to throw, but didn't leave a big impression.  He's also been to LSU for their camp and camped at Ohio State and USC as well.  He's at a school that UCLA has done well at.  If UCLA offered, he'd likely take it.

Jalen Greene, 6-3, 185, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
National Position Ranking: 35
-- 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.

Brad Kaaya, 6-4, 208, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
National Position Ranking: 21
-- 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:
Chase Forrest, 6-3, 180, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Randall Cunningham, 6-4.5, 185, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Coltin Gerhart, 6-0, 215, Norco (Calif.)


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.  USC has also recently offered, and will always be a threat.  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 liked UCLA earlier but is starting to pick up some more offers, and UCLA has somewhat cooled on him.  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 was his top school, and has been for some time, with Washington, where he visited earlier this month, now tied atop for him.

Tre Watson, 6-0, 185, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
National Position Ranking: 3-stars, UCLA Offer
-- Watson had committed to Cal earlier this month, after getting an offer from the Bears, his longtime favorite.  But UCLA offered him this month too, and while they're on the outside looking in, they may make a bigger push for him, depending on what happens with Lee.

C.J. Leggett, 5-10, 210, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett
National Position Ranking: NR, UCLA Offer
-- Leggett camped with UCLA and also visited Cal and Stanford during the week.  The Georgia native was out during the spring as well for UCLA practice.  The Bruins were his first offer as well.

Others to Watch:
Rashaad Penny, 6-0, 185, Norwalk (Calif.)
D.J. Riggins, 5-11, 180, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian


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.

Jordan Lasley,6-2, 180, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
National Position Ranking: 95, COMMIT
-- Lasley was the only player to get an offer the night of UCLA's Elite Camp, and he jumped on his dream school's offer the next day.  Lasley is a late-bloomer, transferring from Carson to Serra and playing in a backup role for his junior year.  But he blew up this offseason, and UCLA gave him an offer after the camp, before he had a chance to blow up more.

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 is also visiting UCLA this week for the B2G Elite Camp.  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.  Brown narrowed it down to a top nine this week, and the Bruins are on it.

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.

Josh Malone, 6-2, 190, Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp
National Position Ranking: 17, UCLA Offer
-- Malone was one of the standouts at the UCLA Elite Camp, coming out from Tennessee to camp with the Bruins.  He's back at UCLA this weekend too, for the B2G Elite Camp.  He told us after the camp that he's very interested in UCLA and has no problems leaving the Southeast to come out West for college.

Corey Holmes, 6-2, 175, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
National Position Ranking: 32, UCLA Offer
-- This speedy, big play wide receiver from STA has offers from across the country. He loves Notre Dame and Michigan but also wants to see UCLA and possibly some others before his decision.

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 month as the evaluation period closed and he also camped with USC this week 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 decently 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 also camped 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, the situation around the offer and the commitment are questionable enough we don't consider him a commitment. It's mostly a contingent offer -- that is, if can qualify academically there's a decent chance UCLA would take him. He's also close with several of UCLA's targets in Arizona.

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


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 last month and he has some other big national offers, too, and he'll visit Ohio State and Notre Dame.  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.  Wood said he anticipates cutting his list the first week in July and will commit before the season.

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.)


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

Jermaine Eluemunor, 6-5, 315, Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna
National Position Ranking: JC 4-star (OT), COMMIT
-- Eluemunor is no worse than 1A as the top JC player in the country.  He had offers from all over the country, with UCLA, Alabama, Ohio State, Arkansas and Florida State his short list before he committed to the Bruins earlier this month. But UCLA will have to weather his recruitment, with Ohio State having him in for a visit last weekend and making a huge push for him.  We heard he reconfirmed his commitment to the Bruins, but they will continue to recruit him like he's uncommitted.

Dominick Jackson, 6-6, 300, College of San Mateo (Calif.)
National Position Ranking: JC 4-star (OT), UCLA Offer
-- 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 in early June, 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.  Then this week, Jackson flipped to Alabama, who was the biggest threat to UCLA.  The Bruins, especially Adrian Klemm, won't give up, but they'll have a tougher time flipping him than Alabama did.

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 visited earlier this month and raved about his visit, especially on social media.  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.

Damien Mama, 6-5, 340, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
National Position Ranking: 11 (OT), UCLA Offer
-- UCLA seemed completely out of it for Mama for a while, but then he out of nowhere, took an unofficial visit to UCLA last week, spending a couple of hours on campus with Adrian Klemm. He was then back a couple of days later for the UCLA Elite Camp, not to work out, but to spend more time with Klemm and on campus.  Mama is now saying that the Bruins are on his short list with Alabama and USC, and while they're probably running third, they're back in the running and Klemm is already targeting him.

Viane Talamaivao, 6-3, 285, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
National Position Ranking: 8 (OG), UCLA Offer
-- Talamaivao committed to Alabama last month, but like Mama, he showed up last Friday for the UCLA Elite Camp, and spent a lot of time shadowing Klemm.  UCLA was the first school to offer him, doing so after his freshman year, when Rick Neuheisel was the coach, and then Klemm offered him when he got to Westwood, but the two sides seemed to cool and then Talamaivao committed to Alabama.  But with Jackson headed to Alabama, UCLA is now back on Talamaivao, and he and Mama are very close.

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 this summer.

Natrell Curtis, 6-2, 300, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe
National Position Ranking: 7 (OG), UCLA Offer
-- UCLA was high on Curtis early on, but has cooled on him in the past couple of weeks and he's now favoring Arizona as a result of the lack of attention from UCLA.  If the Bruins did recruit him further, it would likely be as a defensive tackle.

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, and he too camped with UCLA last week, but didn't net an offer.  Still, he could be an early season offer guy.  And he, Mama and Talamaviao all train together and are tight.

Others to Watch:
Casey Tucker, 6-6, 290, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Larry Allen, 6-3, 250, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle

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