UCLA 2016 Recruiting: Offense

Feb. 5 -- It's never too early...we look at who UCLA has offered and those who are high on their board on offense for 2016...

Signing Day was yesterday.

National Signing Day for 2016 is 364 days away.

But why wait for the ink to dry on the NLIs?

Because UCLA hasn't.

Here is a list of players that UCLA has already offered in the 2016 class.

The 2016 class, particularly out West, will be strong again, just a notch below the 2015 class but ahead of some other recent classes. However, most of the talent is on the defensive side of the ball, with only the receiver position a real strength right now on offense (and the Bruins already have a commitment at that position from a top 10 national prospect).

UCLA has been pretty aggressive in this class so far, both locally and nationally.

NOTE: This list is just 2016 prospects we know that UCLA has offered. And Others to Watch includes prospects we know are high on their board but haven't yet been offered.


UCLA 2016 Recruiting: Defense



**Rankings are by position nationally.**

QUARTERBACK

Devon Modster
Needs: 1

With Josh Rosen already enrolled and expected to compete for the starting quarterback spot, quarterback recruiting could be difficult in the 2016 class. UCLA will probably pursue elite prospects nationally, but it might be a matter of finding the right guy with some upside who is going to understand that it'd be good for him to sit for a couple of years behind Rosen. It could be a matter that a 2016 quarterback might start as soon as his redshirt sophomore season if Rosen turns out to live up to expectation.

UCLA first offered Henry, but he's since committed to Florida State and Costello is favoring Stanford. Its likely that Modster could be their target; he's a talented kid with some tools who might fit the profile of wanting to sit for a while and stay close to home. They've yet to offer him, but will certainly watch him throw in the spring.

K.J. Costello, 6-5, 220, Santa Margarita (Calif.), #2
Tristen Wallace, 6-2.5, 225, DeSoto (Texas), #6
Jarrett Guarantano, 6-4, 195, Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic, #9
Dwayne Haskins, 6-2, 180, Potomac (Mary.) The Bullis School, #10
Brandon McIlwain, 6-0.5, 204, Newtown (Pa.) Council Rock, #16
Malik Henry, 6-2, 175, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, #3 (Florida State commit)

Others To Watch
Devon Modster, 6-1, 210, Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro, #13
Kevin Davidson, 6-4, 215, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds, #23 Armani Rogers, 6-4, 205, Los Angeles Hamilton
Matt Fink, 6-4, 185, Glendora
Khalil Tate, 6-1, 195, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

RUNNING BACK

Chase Lucas
Needs: 1

Through their junior seasons, it's again not a great running back class out West, which has been an issue the past couple of years. That's part of the reason why UCLA stockpiled some guys at the position in the 2015 class, with two backs coming in, Sotonye Jamabo and Bolu Olorunfunmi.

McGrew and Lucas are the only true backs from the West with a UCLA so far, and UCLA is doing well with McGrew, who could commit sooner rather than later. He showed this year that he's definitely got the ability to be a running back at the next level.

Chase Lucas, 6-1, 180, Chandler (Ariz.), #5
Sean McGrew, 5-8, 175, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, #9
Robert Washington, 5-10, 210, Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian, #16
Tray Staten, 5-9, 185, Holly Springs (N.C.)
Jalin Buie, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy (Auburn commit)

Others To Watch
Beau Bisharat, 6-2, 210, Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit, #18
Melquise Stovall, 5-9, 170, Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete, #25
Leo Lambert, 5-10, 180, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Gil-Scott Jackson, 5-11, 190, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Dylan Thigpen, 5-10.5, 180, La Verne (Calif.) Damien

WIDE RECEIVER

Theo Howard
Needs: 3

UCLA will lose two seniors in Jordan Payton and Devin Lucien and will look to get three in 2016. They'll probably, again, be targeting speed since they have a stable of bigger possesions types.

The receiver class out West is ridiculously strong, perhaps the strongest it has ever been and UCLA isn't just offering a bunch of guys in the region, they're offering a number of them nationally. They already have an early commitment from Michael Pittman, but he blew up after his commitment, with more offers coming in, so they'll have to stay on him. They were the first offer for McKnight and Jones and one of the first offers for Long and Alloway. Vaughns and Crawford are elite prospects nationally, but UCLA has some work to do with them. UCLA got a jump on McKinley too, and he was terrific during the season, but they're back in the pack. Still, this is a strong position across the country and UCLA is already getting after several.

Michael Pittman, 6-3, 200, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, #8- COMMITTED
(Pictured Above)

Tyler Vaughns, 6-2, 185, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat, #2
Devin Duvernay, 5-10, 175, Sachse (Texas), #3
Dylan Crawford, 6-1, 175, La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis, #5
Reggie Hemphill, 6-1, 175, Manvel (Texas), #7
Dee Anderson, 6-4, 175, Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite, #14
Theo Howard, 6-1, 175, Westlake (Calif.), #15
Binjimen Victor, 6-4, 170, Coconut Creek (Fla.), #17
Mykel Jones, 6-0, 185, Patterson (La.), #19
Darian Owens, 6-0, 180, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West, #22
Javon McKinley, 6-2, 180, Corona (Calif.) Centennial, #25
Clyde Leflore, 6-1, 165, New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton, #26
Steffon McKnight, 6-1.5, 165, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa, #32
Damian Alloway, 5-10, 170, Fontana (Calif.) Summit, #40
Jack Jones, 5-10, 170, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, #44
Deriq King, 5-11, 170, Manvel (Texas), #50
David Long, 6-0, 175, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
A.J. Morris, 6-1, 205, Smyrna (Tenn.) Lancaster Christian Academy
Conner O'Donnell, 5-11, 160, Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian
Nate Craig, 6-2, 200, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic, #1 (Auburn commit)
Scott Bracey, 6-2, 190, Richmond (Va.) Benedictine, #21 (Duke commit)
Demetris Robertson, 6-1, 180, Savannah (Ga.) Country Day, #24 (Alabama commit)
Dillon Mitchell, 6-0, 170, Memphis (Tenn.) White Station, #46 (Oregon commit)

Others To Watch
Dymond Lee, 6-0, 160, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, #24
Simi Fehoko, 6-4, 183, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton, #47
J.J. Wills, 5-11, 161, Clovis (Calif.)

TIGHT END

Needs: 1

UCLA got the nation's No. 1 tight end in the 2015 class in Chris Clark, a traditional tight end at that. But they would like to add another one of that same style.

Devin Asiasi, 6-5, 230, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, #2

OFFENSIVE LINE

Willie Allen
Needs: 3

UCLA tried to stock up on linemen in the 2015 class, and it did. Right now, with the 2015 class coming in, it might be the best UCLA's offensive line has looked in terms of depth and talent in 20 years. UCLA Offensive Line Coach Adrian Klemm has now set it up to the point he can be very selective with the 2016 class, especially since he probably only needs to take three. The only senior graduating is Jake Brendel, but he has quite a few juniors and he'd like to be prepared for when they graduate after the 2016 season.

So it was good move to load up in 2015, also since the 2016 class is very thin so far in the west, with only two linemen in the state in the Scout 300, Martin and Wattenberg, who have UCLA offers. Martin was at several games this fall and UCLA has made a big move for him while Wattenberg also has the Bruins high. All of UCLA's offers so far have gone to tackles, though Martin could play guard at the next level. We know UCLA Offensive Line Coach Adrian Klemm spent some time in Louisiana seeing Allen, so Allen is also at the top of the wishlist.

Willie Allen, 6-7, 270, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian, #10 OT
Frank Martin, 6-6, 285, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, #13 OT
Jauan Williams, 6-6, 270, Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll, #15 OT
Luke Wattenberg, 6-5, 265, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) JSerra, #22 OT
Clarence Henderson, 6-3, 250, Dallas (Texas) Skyline, #23 OT

Others To Watch
Jonah Williams, 6-5, 270, Folsom (Calif.), #23
Michael Eletise, 6-3, 270, Honolulu (Hawaii) Kaiser
Alex Akingbulu, 6-6, 285, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne


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