Though we're still 18 months from National Signing Day for the 2018 class, UCLA hasn't hesitated to offer a number of 2018 prospects.
But there are still a few prospects without an offer that, should they start their junior year strong to follow up on excellent springs, we think UCLA should and will offer early on.
Here are five 2018 prospects on offense who could get an early junior year offer from the Bruins.
Jack Tuttle, QB, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills
Tuttle threw pretty well at UCLA's Skills Camp in June, but didn't get an offer that week. UCLA did offer Dorian Thompson-Robinson and Cameron Rising that week and those appear to be their top two targets at the position. But both have blown up nationally so it's no slam dunk for either. Tuttle has a handful of national offers too, but he does like UCLA a lot too so we think UCLA could end up offering him sooner rather than later this fall just to keep in the mix for him and ensure they have options. With the 2018 quarterback likely to come in and compete as a true freshman (since Josh Rosen is expected to leave early for the NFL), the Bruins may even bring in two quarterbacks in that class, which could make it even more likely they offer Tuttle earlier.
Marquis Spiker, WR, Murrieta (Calif.) Valley
Spiker is one of the best receivers in the Southland already and had a great spring, picking up a number of offers. He didn't camp with UCLA, or he likely would have been offered at the Elite Camp which saw a few other 2018 receivers offered, but its probably a matter of time for him. He's a longer receiver, the body that Eric Yarber likes for his receivers.
Manuel Allen, WR, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Much like Spiker, Allen is another receiver who probably would have been offered by UCLA had he camped at the Bruin Elite Camp. But being at a program like Centennial, they'll get a chance to see him early and we'd expect him to get an early offer. He already has a number of them, and despite not having one from the Bruins, they're still on his early short list.
Tae Le, TE, Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona del Mar
Le was probably the best underclass tight end we saw at UCLA's Skills Camp (Brevin Jordan was at the Elite Camp), and he was terrific each time we saw him this spring. He reminds us a lot of Thomas Duarte in his build, ability to catch the ball and the same level of speed- not elite but routinely getting separation. Le, in fact, would have been an ideal fit had UCLA stayed with the offense that Duarte flourished in. He's not a traditional tight end, but he can block. If UCLA's tight end recruiting in 2017 continues to scuffle, they may have to pick it up with 2018 recruits and Le would be an optimal pick.
Steven Jones, OT, Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral
Jones' teammate, Justin Dedich, was offered at the Big Man Camp and Jones did well there too and worked specifically with Adrian Klemm and Jones said Klemm told him he'd watch the first few games this fall. Jones may not have ideal tackle length, but he has the strength and athleticism to play there, while also being able to slide inside. After Dedich and Tommy Brown, Jones is probably the top lineman in the Southland and he liked his visit to UCLA and Klemm and could get that offer this fall.