May 13 -- A look at UCLA's 2017 offensive recruiting board a good 21 months away from Signing Day...
It's still 21 months until the class of 2017 can sign, and for all we know, the whole recruiting process could be different by then.
But it's never too early to take a look at which prospects in the 2017 class UCLA has offered.
NOTE: This list is just 2017 offensive prospects we know that UCLA has offered halfway into the evaluation period.
A teammate of 2015 UCLA commit Fred Ulu-Perry, Tagovailoa is in his first year as the starter at St. Louis, the alma mater of the Heisman Trophy Winner, Marcus Mariota. Tagovailoa, a left-hander, got an early offer from the Bruins and a few more Pac-12 schools have jumped on board. Unlike Mariota, Tagovailoa will have three years to start in high school instead of just one, which should raise his profile more than Mariota's coming out of high school. Like Mariota, he's got a bright future. The Bruins are already in on him and he visited campus last month. USC could be the team to beat, but if Tate Martell jumps on the Trojans' offer as expected, that could keep UCLA in the mix for Tagovailoa.
The last time UCLA went to Chandler to get a quarterback, he turned out OK. The Bruins went back to the Chandler well to offer Kelley, who plays at Basha. Kelley has a slew of offers and is the top quarterback prospect in the state since Kyle Allen. The Mazzones obviously have some connections here with Kelley.
The son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey and the younger brother of Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, the younger McCaffrey may be the best of the sons, and the four-star already had offers before he even started a varsity game. UCLA offered him last week after seeing him throw and the Bruins will certainly be a contender for him. He hopes to visit UCLA this summer.
Harris emerged this past spring and summer as one of the more intriguing prospects in the region, and then was a monster as a sophomore, rushing for over 2,000 yards. He's an early candidate for the top prospect in the West in his class and is a five-star already. UCLA went to see him play in the fall and he said that the Bruins are among the schools recruiting him the hardest. He committed to Alabama in April, but that verbal is Charmin-soft right now.
Johnson is one of three players at Hawkins in the 2017 and 2018 classes with an offer. A relatively new school in the City Section, Hawkins is coached by former UCLA defensive back Mil'Von James. Johnson came to UCLA's camp and was offered early in the season. He attended a number of UCLA games this past fall and took an unofficial visit to UCLA in February and then was back on campus for spring football. UCLA is thought to be in good shape early here for Johnson.
Tilford was one of the first prospects in the 2017 class to get an offer and he'll be another elite prospect nationally that UCLA will have to work hard to get. He split time at running back at Upland last year with UCLA freshman Josh Woods, but with Woods graduating, Tilford will be the main guy moving forward. UCLA is on his very short list.
Bynum was offered by UCLA in March after he took an unofficial visit in February and he was thrilled to get the offer. USC has also offered Bynum but he's gotten tight with Eric Yarber, UCLA's receivers coach, and the Bruins are in a good spot for Bynum. In fact, unless Oregon offers (where his good friend and former Servite quarterback Travis Waller is now), this will likely be a Los Angeles battle.
Another Hawkins prospect with an offer, Lewis, like Johnson, attended a number of UCLA games this fall. He may be the best receiver in the 2017 class and is already a five-star and has looked good at a number of events this spring, showing why he has double-digit offers. He visited UCLA unofficially in February and was at spring practice.
The younger Johnson used the spring 7v7 circuit to really make a name for himself, after playing freshman football last year for the Diablos. Now in his sophomore year, UCLA offered Johnson during the spring. Obviously, there are the family ties to USC, but the Bruins decided to offer early on so he'll be one to watch. He transferred to Calabasas early in the season and had to sit out a few games but got immersed in the offense over the course of the year. USC offered him earlier in spring and he has a number of other offers already too.
Greene is already one of the more heavily recruited receivers in the Southeast, with a number of offers. He was offered on the same day the Bruins offered three 2016 teammates of his at Coconut Creek. He had a viral video on YouTube
that helped things blow up for him. UCLA offered not long after, though obviously more went into it than a viral Youtube video.
Burgess has been offered by Florida twice, by the old staff and the new staff, and he has a lot of ties to the Gators, but he's not set on staying in Florida. UCLA and schools like Michigan are pursuing him to try to get him out of the Sunshine State.
Jones visited UCLA in April when in town for the IMG West Regional 7v7 and was offered while on the visit. Though he's a Texas native, he has liked UCLA for a while, as he has an affinity for Los Angeles. We've heard it was an offer he was thrilled to get. The four-star has earned pleny of in-state attention as well, though, so he'll be hard to pull out of Texas.
Sarell may be the top offensive lineman West already, and that includes the 2016 class. He's a prototype offensive tackle and some are touting him already as potentially the top lineman to come out of the state ever. He too is under early consideration for the West's top prospect and is one of four five-stars from the region. We saw him earlier this month and he was terrific. UCLA went to go see him last week at his school.
Moretti is the top lineman in the state of Colorado right now, regardless of class, and UCLA offered him in April. He's blown up already nationally, with a ton of offers, from schools like Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin, so UCLA will have its work cut out.
Lugg comes from Tom Bradley Country, Pennsylvania, and he's got his choice of offers from schools in that part of the country. UCLA will try to get him to come in for an unofficial visit at some point to make its case.
Davis is probably the top interior linemen in the West in the 2017 class and UCLA offered in March when he took an unofficial visit. Coming from Bosco, there are some obvious ties, but he also has offers from all over the country, with Alabama having him in for an unofficial visit last month. The Crimson Tide were his first offer.
Lyles got an offer from the Bruins last spring and that was in the midst of his recruitment really taking off, with several other national programs like Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Wisconsin all offering him. He's the top sophomore in Arizona and will be a top 100 guy in his class. His older brother, Kare, committed to Wisconsin in March as a quarterback commit.
OFFERED BUT COMMITTED ELSEWHERE:
RB Stephen Carr
, 6-0, 180, Fontana (Calif.) Summit- Committed to USC
RB Dylan Moses
, 6-1-5, 220, Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab- Committed to LSU