Focus 2018: UCLA Offensive Line Recruiting Watch List

Feb. 13 -- We take an early look at the top targets on the offensive line for UCLA's 2018 class and some other names to know...

Offensive line recruiting will certainly be intriguing with Hank Fraley as the new UCLA offensive line coach.

First sign of Fraley's style: you're seeing far more offers going out to linemen in the West than in previous years of the Jim Mora era.  

Part of that is that Fraley seems to want to get in on more guys early instead of just focusing on a small handful and riding them out. Another part is that Fraley will probably rely on UCLA recruiting coordinator (and defensive line coach) Angus McClure, at least early in this cycle. As you might notice, many of UCLA's early-offer guys are from NorCal, which is McClure's recruiting region.  

And probably an element going into the early offers is that Fraley is in a challenging recruiting situation. He needs a major talent infusion, judging by the roster as it stands right now, but he has to do a great deal of his recruiting of the OL class before any prospects will get a feel for him as a coach at UCLA, since the 2017 season is still a long way off.  

So there's that. At the very least, we'll get a decent idea of how good of a recruiter UCLA's new OL coach is pretty quickly.  

The offensive line class in the West will be substantially down in 2018, which will also make it tougher on Fraley. But with McClure's help, Fraley looks like he has a good jump on 2018 OLs in the west, and when he hits the road in spring you will undoubtedly see the list of UCLA OL offerees expand.  

UCLA offered its first two in-state linemen in Tommy Brown and Justin Dedich last summer, after both shined at UCLA'sa Big Man Camp, and the Bruins are certainly continuing to recruit those two.

Brown is the top tackle in the state and Dedich the top center nationally. Penei Sewell is the West's top lineman overall and has a UCLA offer. Sewell was a big previous target for UCLA, and he had UCLA among his favorites, so we'll see if Fraley can keep that going. 

A number of offers have gone out in the last week to Northern California's Max BarthWill Craig and Miles Owens and UCLA also offered M.J. Ale from Washington.

There isn't a true offensive guard prospect the Bruins have offered, with most being true tackles and Dedich, who is a center.  But Mater Dei guard Chris Murray, who first caught our eye at the Oakland Opening and had a good season for the Monarchs, could be one to watch there.


Tommy Brown, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Justin Dedich, Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral

Will Craig, Granite Bay (Calif.)

M.J. Ale, Fife (Wash.)

Miles Owens, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd

Max Barth, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's

Joey Ramos, Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley

Penei Sewell, St. George (Utah) Desert Hills

Trey Stratford, Allen (Texas)

Barton Clement, Missouri City (Texas) Marshall

Jack Carman, Fairfield (Ohio)

William Barnes, Apopka (Fla.)

Reuben Unije, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

Jaelyn Duncan, Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances Academy

Will Lawrence, Memphis (Tenn.) Harding Academy

John Campbell, Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips

Next Tier:

Steven Jones, Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral

Blake McDonald, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley

Chris Murray, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Other Names to Know:

Aaron Maldonado, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat

Kevin Coblentz, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

Tyler Casados, La Mirada (Calif.)

Jacob Isaia, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

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