Of course, it's incredibly premature, with 356 days to go before National Signing Day. And this is in no way a prediction of UCLA's class, because making that kind of prediction would be really foolish.
This is the class that, as of right now, UCLA has a realistic chance of getting that would best fill its needs. So it's not an outlandish dream team, which would list prospects that UCLA has little chance to get; it's a list of 2015 prospects that we could reasonably see UCLA getting. We also recognize that there are elite prospects omitted here that UCLA has a decent chance with, and that so much can happen between now and next February.
Ranking: #2 QB, #11 Overall
It bears reiterating: Rosen is the key to the 2015 class. He is the elite quarterback UCLA needs, the potential future of the program, and he's probably a linchpin for other prospects who will want to play with such an elite quarterback. With him in this class, just about any class you envision ends up pretty good; without him, just about any class you envision ends up just okay (unless, of course, UCLA could get another quarterback of similar caliber).
Ranking: #12 RB, #69 Overall (2013)
UCLA needs to keep bringing in elite talent at the running back position. If you project out the roster there are some guys but they're all mostly question marks. Of course, Craig Lee or Nathan Starks could emerge as "the guy," but running back, like quarterback, is such an important position you need to keep bringing in talented prospects to see if one pans out as an elite starter. We've chronicled Kamara's story in his transfer. He could potentially fit well since the 2015 running back class in the west is thin for elite talent – at least at this point – and he could be a better option.
Ranking: #10 OT, #94 Overall
Walker might be the best offensive line prospect in the west, and he has a decent chance to end up a five-star as soon as he gets more exposure. He has very good athleticism for his size, and a great body and frame, perfect at this time in his development to add more weight, the right kind of weight. He also plays with a bit of a nasty streak. UCLA targets athletic OLs who can move and, preferably, play tackle in UCLA's offense – because you can always move a tackle-type to guard, but it's difficult to play a guard at tackle. Walker could be the #1 guy on UCLA's OL board that they have a reasonable chance to get.
Ranking: #8 OG, #162 Overall
Halalilo could be one of three or four guys competing with Walker for the best offensive line prospect in the west. He's continued to grow, too, having been 6-3ish not too long ago. He moves exceptionally well for his size, and is another guy that projects to tackle or guard. If his academics check out, UCLA will probably offer pretty soon. A couple of things going for the Bruins: the Polynesian connection with UCLA assistant Kennedy Polamalu, and current UCLA freshman OL Poasi Moala attended Rancho Verde.
Ranking: #19 OT, #188 Overall
Another guy who fits that mold of big and athletic, UCLA has been on James for a while. Oregon recently offered and he's originally from Oregon, so the Ducks could be hard to beat. He did take an unofficial visit to UCLA for a game last fall. He's also not LDS so that means less of a pull to stay in Utah, and the Utah program isn't a great attraction either right now.
Ranking: #1 TE, #24 Overall
Jones would probably be the #1-ranked defensive end in the country if he decided to play that position. He very well could be the nation's best 6-5 athlete, and he's an absolute impact player, no matter what position. All of the big-time programs are going to take a shot at him, but we feel pretty confident UCLA has a very good chance to hang on to him. Getting an early commitment from Jones, and getting him to sign in a year, is a huge indication that UCLA's recruiting is among the elite programs in the country now.
Ranking: #4 WR, #35 Overall
Besides Rosen, Kirk might be UCLA's top priority. The Bruins have a pretty loaded stable of receivers, but they're missing that 4.4 guy who can turn on the jets and make big plays. We've also heard that Kirk is a great kid, one with an incredible work ethic. Being ranked #35, and with minimal chance he moves down, Kirk will probably end up ranked as a five-star.
Ranking: #8 WR, #78 Overall
Langley is getting recruited as both a receiver and cornerback. We've heard he wants to play cornerback, and UCLA originally offered him for that spot, but he could be even a more-talented wide receiver. He would also be a guy that gives UCLA's receivers group the dimension of elusiveness and quickness. It's going to be a battle for him, though; We haven't heard necessarily that UCLA is doing well with him, and USC just offered, along with hometown favorite Cal, as well as Oregon.