Impact of Recruiting Class: Offense

In our first installment taking a look at the impact of the recruiting class, we project how the new offensive freshmen could fit into the depth chart this year...

With the 2014 recruiting class in the books, we've decided to take a look at how the class might impact the depth chart for next year.

Up first, the offensive recruits.

Offensive Line

Incoming players:
Kolton Miller
Malcolm Bunche
Najee Toran

Taking a look at the offensive line, it looks like the two deep is more or less set with returning players, except at left guard. With Xavier Su'a-Filo's departure, we could see incoming transfer Malcolm Bunche making an immediate impact, and potentially winning the starting spot. Depending on how Caleb Benenoch's battle to win the starting right tackle job goes, we could also see him factoring into that competition.

Kolton Miller and Najee Toran look like potential redshirts based on the way the projected depth chart works out now. Both Miller and Toran could probably use the time to continue to get stronger, but each projects as a contributor down the line.

Alex Redmond.
Left Tackle
Torian White (6'5, 290) RS JR
Poasi Moala (6'4, 265) RS FR
Kolton Miller (6'8, 280) FR
Colby Cyburt (6'3, 270) RS SO

Left Guard
Scott Quessenberry (6'3, 288) SO OR
Malcolm Bunche (6'5, 315) RS SR
Kenny Lacy (6'4, 290) RS FR
Najee Toran (6'3, 258) FR

Jake Brendel (6'4, 285) RS JR
Carl Hulick (6'2, 278) RS SO
Kevin McReynolds (6'2, 300) RS JR

Right Guard
Alex Redmond (6'5, 305) SO
Ben Wysocki (6'4, 280) RS JR
Sam Tai (6'2, 275) RS JR
John Lopez (6'5, 325) RS FR

Right Tackle
Simon Goines (6'6, 325)JR OR
Caleb Benenoch (6'5, 320) SO
Conor McDermott (6'8, 277) RS SO


Incoming players:
Aaron Sharp

Brett Hundley.
With Brett Hundley returning for his redshirt junior season, there isn't much immediate playing time available to a true freshman quarterback. UCLA hasn't been shy, though, about using athletes at other positions when the need arises, and Sharp certainly has the athleticism to play at various skill spots on offense. We could see him redshirting, or playing some snaps at another position.

Brett Hundley (6'3, 222) RS JR
Asiantii Woulard (6'3, 205) RS FR
Jerry Neuheisel (6'1, 192) RS SO
Aaron Sharp (6'3, 180) FR
Mike Fafaul (6'1, 201) RS SO

Running Backs
Incoming Player:
Nathan Starks

Jordon James.
UCLA likely has a fairly firm incumbent starter in Jordon James, but the depth chart behind him is fluid. Paul Perkins, Craig Lee, or incoming freshman Nathan Starks could all make a significant push for the number two reps behind James, and there's no guarantee that James will simply hold on to his spot out of longevity, given that UCLA now has a new running backs coach in Kennedy Polamalu. For now, we'll say that Starks will factor into the running back rotation at some point next season.

Jordon James (5'9, 194) RS SR
Paul Perkins (5'10, 196) RS SO
Nathan Starks (6'0, 190) FR
Craig Lee (6'0, 188) RS FR
Steven Manfro (5'9, 189) RS JR


Incoming Players:
Alex Van Dyke
Austin Roberts
Jordan Lasley

>UCLA hasn't been shy about using a good amount of receivers over the last few years, and we'd have to imagine that each of UCLA's incoming signees has a chance to compete for early playing time. From what we've heard, Van Dyke might have some work to do in the weight room, which might limit him early, but Lasley will likely be one of UCLA's faster receivers to start out next year, and Roberts has the versatility to play the Y. We see Lasley and Roberts playing immediately, with Van Dyke as a potential contributor, depending on the work he can put in during the offseason.

Devin Lucien.
X Receiver
Jordan Payton (6'1, 212) JR
Austin Roberts (6'2, 221) FR
Alex Van Dyke (6'4, 210) FR
Tyler Scott (6'2, 212) RS JR

Y Receiver
Thomas Duarte (6'3, 221) SO
Nate Iese (6'3, 243) RS SO

F Receiver
Devin Fuller (5'11, 195) JR
Kenneth Walker (5'9, 171) RS SO OR
Jalen Ortiz (5'9, 176) SO
Ahmaad Harris (5'4, 165) RS SO

Z Receiver
Devin Lucien (6'0, 195) RS JR
Eldridge Massington (6'1, 205) RS FR
Jordan Lasley (6'2, 180) FR
Darren Andrews (5'10, 180) SO
Logan Sweet (6'0, 188) RS JR


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