Football Recruiting: Cornerbacks

It's a very talented year for cornerbacks on the west coast in the high school senior class -- as well as nationally -- and UCLA will try to stock up...

Cornerback is a position you just can't have enough talent. UCLA brought in some guys who were athletes this year that they'll try to make into corners, but this next high school class has some great talent at the postion and UCLA will probably have no limits as to how many of them they'll take.

Joe Garcia, 6-0, 180, 4.4, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. COMMITTED. Garcia was on the radar screen before the San Diego Nike Camp but went from a blip to an aircraft carrier when he blew up at the camp. He had the fastest shuttle time in the nation from the Nike camps (3.82). UCLA offered him during the summer, and he committed in July, being a long-time UCLA fan. He's considered one of the best on the west coast. Garcia is a very good student.

Aaron Miller, 5-11, 175, 4.4, Fresno (Calif.) Edison. Considered among the elite DB prospects in the country, Miller looks fast and aggressive on tape. He comes from Ricky Manning's high school, is close with Ricky and has said in the past that UCLA is his #1 choice at this point. His coaches rave not only about his football talents but the type of kid he is. UCLA, obviously, has him as a high priority.

Dominic Dixon, 5-10, 180, 4.4, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea. Considered one of the best on the west coast, Dixon is quick and built well. UCLA has had him as a target for a while and he has said he likes UCLA, as well as Washington and few others in the Pac-10, along with Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech.

Jebiaus Brown, 5-11, 180, Milpitas (Calif.) High. Attending the former high school of Tab Perry, Brown is close with Perry and has UCLA as his favorite, followed by Arizona, Nebraska, Illinois and USC. He's considered as one of the best emerging prospects in the west.

Quinton McCoy, 5-10, Phoenix (Ariz.) Valley Christian. Fastest player in Arizona, having run a 10.53 in the 100m state finals. Everyone in the west is on him and he has mentioned UCLA among 8 or so schools recently.

Noah Strozier, 5-11, 175, Rockhurst (Missouri) High. A big target in the midwest, UCLA is recruiting and Strozier has said UCLA is among his top five.

Willie Andrews, ATH/WR/RB, 5-10, 170, 4.4, Longview (Tex.) High. Another highly recruited athlete from Texas, Andrews is considered probably one of the best all-around athletes in the state. The local schools are on him hard and UCLA is trying.

Roshawn Pope, 6-0, 180, Galveston (Tex.) Ball. Considered one of the best in Texas, he's still pretty wide open. He has said he favors Nebraska recently, but has UCLA on his list of five.

Darius Conner, 5-11, 175, Inglewood (Calif.) High. One of the best in the L.A. area, Conner had a great junior year, being named All-CIF while collecting 10 interceptions. He is on UCLA's list and has said in the past he likes UCLA, USC, and other Pac-10s.

Keith Howell, ATH/WR, 6-0, 185, 4.5, Newhall (Calif.) Hart. A nice-looking athlete from Hart, Howell is fast and has good quickness. He attended UCLA's junior day and UCLA likes him but, as with many college coaching staffs, doesn't know where to project him. He's on the to-watch list.

Edorian McCullough, ATH/WR/RB, 5-11, 180, 4.4, Garland (Tex.) North Garland. One of the best all-around athletes in Texas, McCullough is being recruited at a few positions. UCLA is trying.

Marcus McCutcheon, 5-11, 4.5, 170, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison. Half brother of former USC player Daylon, McCutcheon looked very good at the San Diego Nike Camp. UCLA is recruiting him but he's considered a lean to USC. Also considering Washington and Nebraska.

A.J. Martinez, 5-11, 175, 4.4, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison. McCutcheon's teammate, Martinez could be better than McCutcheon, with better speed and quickness. Martinez is also a USC lean, but UCLA is trying to wedge in there, along with Arizona and Nebraska.

Steve Simonton, 5-9, 160, Pittsburg (Calif.) The little brother of Oregon State All-American running back Kevin Simonton, Steve has good quickness and is built well. He's on UCLA's to-watch list.

Aaron Gipson, ATH/RB, 5-9, 170, Fontana (Calif.) High. A nice athlete but on the smaller side, Gipson is also a decent basketball player. He's on UCLA's list and has said he likes the Bruins.

Reggie Grigsby, 5-11, 180, Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino. Gribsby attended UCLA's one-day, has a good body and good skills. A guy to watch.

Michael Rubie, 5-10, 175, Cerritos (Calif.) High. He looked very good at UCLA's one-day, quick and explosive -- while also running well in the 40. UCLA will be watching him closely this season.


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