UCLA loaded up on receiver in the 2017 recruiting class, taking Theo Howard, Demetric Felton, Damian Alloway, Adewale Omotosho, and Dymond Lee, who might very well end up at receiver but will get his first shot at quarterback. With the Bruins taking five receivers in the 2016 class, and given that Jim Mora has said UCLA is moving toward more of a pro-style offense, which likely means fewer receivers on the field at any one time, UCLA is probably only going to be in the market for two or three receivers in the 2017 class. It's not a particularly strong class out west, and certainly nowhere close to the 2016 class in terms of talent or depth.
Out west, one of the most realistic early targets is four-star Terrell Bynum, who's returned from Servite to St. John Bosco, where he played as a freshman with current UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. Bynum has actually openly talked about the possibility of playing with Rosen again, and the Bosco connection at UCLA certainly doesn't hurt the Bruins' chances. Washington, USC, and UCLA are all firmly in the mix for him.
Joseph Lewis is another player that UCLA has prioritized early, offering the five-star last year. Lewis is a freak, with the size and athleticism to be a dominant college receiver from day one, and he's actually young-ish for his grade. There's long been buzz around Lewis that he could be tough to pry from USC, which has prioritized him in much the same way as the Bruins, but the Trojan depth chart at receiver could give him pause. He's absolutely a national prospect as well, with heavy interest from Notre Dame and Oklahoma, among others.
Osiris St. Brown, brother of Notre Dame receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, has also emerged as a legitimate high-major prospect in his own right, with offers from Notre Dame, USC, and UCLA, among a host of others. The Irish have prioritized him, and USC recently offered, but UCLA has been recruiting him since last spring and should factor into the mix going forward.
Tarik Black, a Connecticut product, already has a who's-who list of national programs in pursuit of his services, but UCLA has offered and the Bruins will earn an unofficial visit from the four-star at the end of February. It's always difficult to assess how serious out-of-state kids are about leaving home, so that visit should give UCLA a useful gauge of his interest.
UCLA offered Omar Manning in December, and the Bruins have had some success historically prying excellent prospects out of the Lone Star State. To secure Manning, though, the Bruins will have to do direct battle with Oklahoma, Texas A&M, TCU, Ole Miss, and others who have already offered.
Hunter Rison could be very difficult to pry out of Michigan, as he's already committed to Michigan State, but he is looking around, with recent offers, including UCLA's, piquing his interest. Likewise, Emmanuel Greene, the Florida speedster, is going to be difficult to pull out of Florida, as he grew up a Miami fan and is also heavily looking at Ohio State. UCLA was part of a flurry of schools who offered Laviska Shenault Jr. in December, along with LSU, Oklahoma State, and Arizona State, and the Bruins have done well enough in Texas over the years that it's hard to count them out.
It's worth keeping an eye on Jeremiah Hawkins (cousing of Jaylinn), Jamire Calvin, Warren Jackson, and Brian Casteel, who are all local products who could earn offers depending on how things shake out with the rest of the class.
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