UCLA will probably want to find a good amount of rides, since the 2015 class is not just strong nationally, but it may be one of the best classes locally in several years. The quarterback position is particularly strong, with the prospect that may end up being the top quarterback prospect nationally, Josh Rosen, being a UCLA lean right now The receiver class should also be fairly strong and UCLA is already in early on several top prospects as well as a rising offensive line class.
NOTE: This list is just 2015 prospects we know that UCLA has offered. And Others to Watch includes prospects we know are high on their board.
**Rankings are by position nationally.**
Needs at Position: 1
Rosen is that guy. UCLA is doing very well with Rosen, and is the clear leader right now. He visited last month and was actually considering committing to the Bruins on the unofficial but ultimately held off. Still, UCLA is in a good position and it would good to have Rosen commit early on in the process. Recruits look closely at what quarterback is committed, and a five-star guy like Rosen could really create some recruiting momentum for 2015. Brett Hundley returning actually helped the Bruins with Rosen, because with Hundley set to leave after next season, there wouldn't be an already-incumbent quarterback, giving Rosen the chance to compete for the starting job on a much more even playing field. UCLA has also offered a couple of Arizona prospects, Brian Lewerke and Bryce Perkins (the younger brother of Paul who was offered more as an athlete). They'll continue to watch the other West Coast prospects they haven't offered, but clearly, Rosen is the top quarterback on their board. Two of the best in Socal are off the board in Town and Barnett.
Josh Rosen, 6-3, 195, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, #2
Brian Lewerke, 6-3, 180, Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle
Chason Virgil, 6-0, 170, West Mesquite (Texas)
Bryce Perkins, 6-3, 180, Chandler (Ariz.), #35
DeAndre Johnson, 6-0, 170, Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast, #31
Blake Barnett, 6-4, 200, Corona (Calif.) Santiago, #26 (Notre Dame commit)
Ricky Town, 6-4, 205, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure, #1 (USC commit)
Others To Watch
Brady White, 6-2, 180, Newhall (Calif.) Hart, #5
Sheriron Jones, 6-2, 185, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde, #18
Jake Browning, 6-3, 185, Folsom (Calif.) #6
Brett Rypien, 6-2, 185, Spokane (Wash.) Shadle Park, #11
Needs at Position: 1
So far, it's not a great running back class out West, with both of the players UCLA has offered being more of the Damien Thigpen-variety than the Johnathan Franklin/Craig Lee mold. McClatcher could end up in the slot in college or corner while Roberson, who has elite speed, suffered a torn ACL in the spring and missed the entire season. This was why their pursuit of a top-tier running back in the 2014 class was so crucial and Nathan Starks provides that. With Kalen Ballage, as of this morning, still being available, and UCLA still a possibility, they could alleviate the dearth of running backs by landing him too. But we think UCLA ultimately won't get Ballage and need to bring in one, hopefully elite, running back prospect.
UCLA has a relationship with Warren, mostly through Mora. In Roberson, the Bruins signed two of his teammates yesterday and have made it clear to him that, despite the injury, he still has an offer from the Bruins.
Chico McClatcher, 5-7, 150, Federal Way (Wash.), #24
Malik Roberson, 5-7, 160, Gardena (Calif.) Serra, #27
Taj Griffin, 5-9, 170 Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern, #6
Ray McCloud, 5-10, 175, Tampa (Fla.) Sickles
Jacques Patrick,6-1, 210, Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek, #10
Jordan Scarlett, 5-11, 195, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University, #4
Chris Warren, 6-2, 220, Rockwall (Texas), #12
Nicholas Brossette, 6-0, 210, Baton Rouge (La.) LSU Labratory School, #9 (LSU commit)
Needs at Position: 2
UCLA got commitments from three receivers for 2014, which definitely adds good depth to the projected roster over the next couple of years. But in UCLA's offense it can't have too many receivers, and for 2015 it still will be looking for that big-impact, big-play guy.
UCLA offered four 2015 Western receivers all in 2012 when they were coming off their freshman seasons, thinking very highly of them early on. Kirk's first offer was from UCLA and he may be the best receiver in the region in 2015. They offered Broadus going into the fall of his sophomore season as well as the Holmes' cousins. Since then, they've offered a few more from Northern California. Reed's teammate, Alex Van Dyke, is committed to UCLA and the Bruins have done well there in the past and Langley's coach and Angus McClure have a long history. Lovette is one of the newer offers out and is turning into one of the premier prospects in the West. Lewis was rumored to be committing to the Bruins last month, but he denied them. He'll visit this spring and he's got high interest in UCLA.
Christian Kirk, 5-10, 175, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro, #3
L.J. Reed, 6-3, 200, Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks, #18
Malik Lovette, 5-11, 175, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley
Cordell Broadus, 6-1, 185, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, #7
Jaason Lewis, 6-3, 234, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes, #15
Darick Holmes, 5-10, 175, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Desean Holmes, 5-11, 170, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany, #6
DaMarkus Lodge, 6-2, 188, Cedar Hill (Texas), #5
Ryan Newsome, 5-9, 170, Aledo (Texas), #19
Tyron Johnson, 6-2, 190, New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton, #8
George Campbell, 6-5, 181, Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake, #2
Others To Watch
Jaylinn Hawkins, 6-1, 165, Buena Park (Calif.), #10
Trent Irwin, 6-2, 185, Newhall (Calif.) Hart, #23
Equanimeous St. Brown, 6-4, 200, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, #24
Isaiah Renfro, 6-2, 185, Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon, #33
Ben Humphreys, 6-3, 185, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, #34
Lavan Alston, 5-11, 170, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure, #39
Kyle Sweet, 6-1, 175, Santa Margarita (Calif.)
Needs at Position: 1
UCLA didn't get a pure Y-type in the 2014 class. It got some bigger receivers in Alex Van Dyke and Austin Roberts who can play the Y, but there is still a role for a Joe Fauria, that big, athletic pass-catcher that creates some great mis-matches.
UCLA has got exactly that with the commitment from the top tight end in the country in Jones. He was offered by UCLA last spring, and had double-digit offers but then committed to UCLA last fall when he took an unofficial visit.
Alize Jones, 6-4.5, 215, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, #1 COMMITTED
Needs at Position: 3-4
UCLA brought in a big OL class for 2013, and then, really, just two for 2014 (we're not counting Malcolm Bunche, who will be at UCLA for just one year), so it will need to get a solid number in 2015. The issue is UCLA's scholarship limitations, but we think UCLA OL Coach Adrian Klemm will still be allowed at least three, if not four, if a fourth elite propect wants to jump in the boat.
The 2015 offensive line class out West didn't look particularly strong going into the season, but this year has allowed several to emerge, including James, who took an unofficial for the Washington game; Robertson, part of a large contingent of elite prospects at St. John Bosco; Brown, who unofficially visited a couple of weeks ago from Ohio; and Roberts, who they offered out of Myles Jack's alma mater. Walker is a player that Klemm has honed in on out of Arizona, where he got Kenny Lacy from a year ago. James may be the best lineman in Utah and given his visit to UCLA in the fall on his own dime, is someone worth watching with his interest in UCLA. Robertson was thought to be a UCLA lean for much of the fall and it's still feeling that way.
Zach Okun, OG, 6-4, 303, Newbury Park (Calif.), #15
Zach Robertson, OG, 6-4, 315, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, #22
Dominic Fredrickson, C, 6-3, 300, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom, #3
Andre James, OT, 6-5, 265, Herriman (Utah)
Darrin Paulo, OT, 6-6, 320, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Keenan Walker, OT, 6-6, 260, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral, #7
Henry Roberts, OT, 6-6, 265, Bellevue (Wash.), #21
Mitch Hyatt, OT, 6-6, 265, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett, #1
Conner Dyer, OT, 6-4, 275, Mesquite (Texas) Horn, #12
Drew Richmond, OT, 6-5.5, 305, Memphis (Tenn.) University, #11
Jalin Barnett, OG, 6-4, 290, Lawton (Okla.), #3
James Daniels, C, 6-4, 270, Warren (Ohio) Harding
George Brown, OT, 6-6, 253, Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods
Brendan Loftus, 6-6, 285, Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby
Matthew Burrell, OT, 6-6, 285, Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton, #6
Kyonta Stallworth, OG, 6-4, 265, Eastpointe (Mich.) South Lake, #9
Keaton Sutherland, OT, 6-5, 260, Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus, #26
Tristen Hoge, OG, 6-5, 287, Pocatello (Idaho) Highland, #1 (Committed to Notre Dame)
Zach Rogers, C, 6-3, 295, Lewisville (Texas) Hebron, #1 (Committed to Arkansas)
Others To Watch
Roy Hemsley, OG, 6-5, 270, Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward
Bar Milo, OT, 6-6, 285, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, #14
Tevita Halalilo, OG, 6-3, 315, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde, #9
Reno Rosene, OT, 6-7, 315, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, #18
Clayton Johnston, OT, 6-6, 255, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, #37
Nick Capella, OT, 6-6, 265, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure, #30