Early Look at UCLA's 2017 Prospects: Offense

Feb. 5 -- BRO takes a look at the 2017 offensive prospects with early UCLA offers and others high on the board...

Signing Day was yesterday.

National Signing Day for 2017 is 365 days away (Leap year!).

And UCLA has already offered a slew of 2017 prospects, and has commitments from a few too.

Here is a list of players on offense that UCLA has already offered in the 2017 class.

The 2017 class will be strong in the West, better than the 2016 class overall, and is home to the nation's No. 1 prospect, Najee Harris, who UCLA is still recruiting despite his verbal commitment to Alabama, plus a good number of quarterbacks and tight ends.

NOTE: This list is just 2017 prospects we know that UCLA has offered and has a legitimate chance with, so some national guys that have never even mentioned UCLA won't be listed.

Others to Watch includes prospects we know are high on UCLA's board but haven't yet been offered.


QUARTERBACK

UCLA has a quarterbacks coach now in Marques Tuiasosopo who a) likes to recruit and b) is good at recruiting.  That should make quarterback recruiting less frenzied and more purposeful.  Tuiasosopo has a longstanding relationship with Tagovailoa, who will likely be UCLA's top target at the position, though the Bruins are still trying with McCaffrey.  Mills is a national prospect who was more a Mazzone recruit.  Sears could be a target, too, for UCLA, depending on how things shake out with the other names on this list.

OFFERED:

Tua Tagovailoa

Dylan McCaffrey

Davis Mills

Others to Watch:

Jack Sears, 6-3, 185, San Clemente (Calif.)

Tristan Gebbia, 6-3, 180, Calabasas (Calif.)


RUNNING BACK

Harris, the new No. 1 overall prospect in the 2017 class, has been committed to Alabama for nearly a year.  But UCLA is not even close to giving up, with both Kennedy Polamalu and Marques Tuiasosopo recruiting him as well as Angus McClure, who has been on him for over a year.  Beasley was a freshman when Polamalu was coaching at Loyola and he's the only other in-state back with an offer.  Simmons is from Ann Arbor and already a priority for Michigan, so UCLA will have to work hard for him. Lemons, a Florida native, could be tough to pull out of SEC country.

OFFERED:

Najee Harris

Drake Beasley

Adarius Lemons

Antjuan Simmons


RECEIVER

UCLA signed what ended up being a very good receiver class in 2016, in a year when they absolutely needed to do just that.  The 2017 class out West has some talent but not the depth that 2016 did, so there are a lot of offers out to national receivers.  Bynum is one of UCLA's top targets and is back at St. John Bosco, where he played as a freshman. He has openly talked about the possibility of playing with Josh Rosen again.  Lewis is the top player in the City Section and has a slew of offers, but the feeling is he doesn't want to leave Southern California.  St. Brown's older brother is at Notre Dame, but expect the Los Angeles schools to recruit him harder than they did his brother.  

OFFERED:

Terrell Bynum

Joseph Lewis

Osiris St. Brown

Tarik Black

Omar Manning

Hunter Rison

Emmanuel Greene

Laviska Shenault Jr.

Others to Watch:

Jeremiah Hawkins, 5-9, 160, Buena Park (Calif.)

Jamire Calvin, 5-10, 170, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral.

Warren Jackson, 6-5, 165, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany

Brian Casteel, 6-1, 200, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak


TIGHT END

UCLA plans to use a traditional tight end more in their offense, but only has one true tight end coming in the 2016 class in Jordan Wilson, so signing at least one tight end is crucial in 2017.  Fortunately, the West has a number of tight ends still on the board and UCLA has offered four of them, three of them from the Sacramento area.  Falo is the best receiver of the group while Jaggers is a nice blend of blocking and receiving. Fisk is the most physical of the group, but Stanford has offered him and his father played for the Cardinal.  Tyler Johnson has a Bruin offer, but Taariq Johnson doesn't yet have one. Taariq, though, has been to a number of UCLA practices and is on their radar.

OFFERED:

Josh Falo

Jimmy Jaggers

Tucker Fisk

Tyler Johnson

Others to Watch:

Taariq Johnson, 6-3, 210, Buena Park (Calif.)


OFFENSIVE LINE

UCLA recovered nicely on the offensive line front in the 2016 class after not having a great start with Adrian Klemm off the recruiting trail  The Bruins locked up a couple of interior prospects but only one true tackle so getting some tackle prospects will be important in the 2017 class.  And the 2017 offensive line class out West will be one of the strengths of the class. Filiaga will be one of the in-state priorities while Klemm will try hard with Sarell and Bainivalu.  Aumavae could play on either side of the ball.  Davis is likely UCLA's top line prospect, regardless of spot and is the nation's top offensive guard. Banks and Neilon both play tackle for their high school teams but will likely slide inside in college.  Ray and Vorhees were both offered the day after Signing Day and should see their recruitments really take off. Ingram and White are teammates at DeSoto in Texas and Farrar is also from the Lone Star State.

OFFERED:

Wyatt Davis

Foster Sarell

Henry Bainivalu

Chuck Filiaga

Popo Aumavae

Alijah Vera-Tucker

Aaron Banks

Brett Neilon

Edward Ingram

Hyrin White

Kanan Ray

Andrew Vorhees

Will Farrar

Jason Linden

Walker Little

Others to Watch:

Alan Ali, 6-5, 275, Fort Worth (Texas) Timber Creek

Ryan Nelson, 6-6, 250, Buena Park (Calif.)

Jacob Wilson, 6-6, 340, South Pasadena (Calif.)

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