A Look at the UCLA Targets at Elite 11 Finals

June 3 -- The Elite 11 Finals start tonight at Redondo Union HS in Southern California and a few UCLA recruits are among the finalists...

This weekend, 24 of the top quarterbacks in the country will be in the Southland for the Elite 11 Finals at Redondo Union HS.

The top 12 from this weekend will also punch tickets to The Opening Finals next month in Oregon.

Of the 24 finalists, five of them are uncommitted and four of them are from the West. 

UCLA has committable offers out to two of them and is keeping tabs on a third while also still somewhat recruiting one of the commits.

Here is a look at the UCLA recruits in the Elite 11 Finals.

Jack Sears, San Clemente (Calif.) - Offered


It is probably safe to say that Sears is UCLA's No. 1 quarterback target following the spring evaluation period.  Sears was the QB MVP at The Opening Oakland regional and became the third straight Triton quarterback to make it to the Elite 11 Finals, following Travis Wilson and Sam Darnold.  UCLA quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo went to see Sears throw early on during the eval period and offered.  Sears has picked up a few more offers since then, including USC and Washington, but UCLA is right there in the mix and some feel that the Bruins could be leading for Sears.  He struggled at The Opening Los Angeles regional, but it was disclosed later that he was dealing with a back injury.  Fast forward to Oakland and it was a night and day difference for Sears, who was the best quarterback in the Bay Area that day to earn the invitation.

Tate Martell, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman - Offered


The No. 1 quarterback in the country by Scout, Martell named his top seven last weekend and UCLA was on it.  However, it's unlikely these two parties will marry.  UCLA has honed in on Sears and Martell isn't likely to come to Los Angeles for college.  But since recruiting is recruiting, and uncertainty is the rule not the exception, you can't entirely omit Martell from the radar, even though its more likely that Josh Rosen returns for his senior year than Martell comes to Westwood.  Martell earned his spot in the Finals in Los Angeles in March and he was the QB MVP at The Opening Eugene last spring.

Tua Tagovailoa, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Loyis - Offered - Committed to Alabama


The lefty from Hawaii was once UCLA's top target at quarterback but a visit to the South in early spring flipped his focus from the West (with UCLA and USC) to the Southeast and Alabama ultimately landed his commitment.  But even with his verbal to the Tide, he's still talking about taking official visits and USC is one name that keeps popping up and UCLA is still somewhat being mentioned, largely because of Tagovailoa's relationship with Tuiasosopo.  He earned a spot in the Finals after being right behind Sears in Oakland.

Chase Garbers, Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona Del Mar


Garbers was the QB MVP at The Opening Los Angeles and landed a spot in the finals in somewhat of a surprise that day. But he's backed it up all spring and shown it's not a fluke, looking very good at numerous 7v7 tournaments and camps since then.  While UCLA hasn't offered him, they've kept him on the radar while focusing on Sears (which a couple of other Pac-12 schools have done as well).  Should Sears go elsewhere, UCLA could pivot to Garbers, though that is no guarantee.  Still, he visited UCLA unofficially during the spring and enjoyed his time in Westwood so being a Southern Californian could keep him in contention if UCLA has to recruit a different quarterback.

Jake Haener, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista


Haener was the surprise pick in Oakland to make it to the Elite 11 Finals.  UCLA is a school he likes and Angus McClure saw him throw this spring when he offered his tight end, Erik Krommenhoek.  He also plays for former Bruin Maurice Jones-Drew on the 7v7 circuit.  But it's unlikely UCLA will get to Haener at any point.

Bruin Report Online Top Stories