Football Recruiting Update: Offense

<b>UPDATED- FEBRUARY 2-</b> This is your updated reference guide for the prospects UCLA is targeting on offense for the 2004 class. Always come here to check out for any updates throughout the next couple of months...

QUARTERBACKS

While the elite quarterbacks committed elsewhere, UCLA has gone the JC route for one QB and the high school route for another.  With Matt Moore transferring, and John Sciarra reportedly leaving, UCLA has already signed a JC quarterback, and will sign at least one but possibly two more quarterbacks, from the high school ranks. 

David Koral, 6-2, 210, Santa Monica (Calif.) College. COMMITTED.  Koral was one of Southern California's top quarterback as a 2000 Senior.  He signed with Vanderbilt out of high school, after he threw for over 9,000 yards his last two years at Palisades High and still holds the single game yardage record of 764.  After a coaching change at Vanderbilt, he transferred back to a JUCO in Southern California, before walking on at Florida State as a recruited walk-on with a scholarship chance.  When that didn't happen, he returned home and threw for 2,375 yards at Santa Monica CC.  He has two years to play two and will compete for the #2 job at Spring Practice. A List.

Patrick Cowan, 6-4, 200, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. COMMITTED.  The younger brother of freshman receiver Joe Cowan, Patrick has only started at quarterback for one year, but has a high ceiling.  A late bloomer, with high upside, Cowan was offered on his visit to UCLA in late-January, and committed on the spot.  Young for his class, Cowan will most likely redshirt in 2004.  A List.

 

RUNNING BACKS

UCLA is in the market for an elite running back, and grabbed the State of Louisiana's top running back.  Chances are good that he is the only one that UCLA will sign.

Chris Markey, 5-11, 180, New Orleans (LA) Jesuit.  COMMITTED.  The State of Louisiana's Offensive Player of the Year, and "Mr. Football", Markey committed to UCLA this week to become the fourth Louisiana native to commit to UCLA.  He has good football speed, and is a high runner.  Rushed for over 2,000 yards as a senior.  A List.

 

FULLBACKS

Fullbacks are notoriously the most difficult prospects to get a bead on, as is the case with this recruiting season so far.  UCLA could take one fullback on scholarship or possibly convert a player from another position.  Already, UCLA has moved Nikola Dragovic and Jimmy Stephens to fullback in last year's class.

Jordan Munde, 6-2, 200, Rolling Hills Estates (Calif.) Palos Verdes Peninsula.  An excellent student, Munde has UCLA leading for Division I-A schools over a handful of Ivy League schools but is considering going Ivy League.  Is waiting on a UCLA offer after visiting in mid-January.

 

OFFENSIVE LINE

Offensive line is probably the biggest priority for this recruiting class on the team after defensive line. In other words, UCLA needs some hogs.

UCLA probably will take up to five offensive line recruits, needing some big, talented bodies at both offensive tackle and guard.  After not doing well in OL recruiting recently, and some players having left the program, offensive line recruiting is critical this year for the future of Karl Dorrell's program.  While the defensive line might need more bodies, the offensive line has a bigger need for an infusion of young talent.

The offensive line talent in California is average; there's a lot of talent but not necessarily elite talent.  UCLA is trying go outside of the California stateline to bring in the talent it needs on the OL.

Brian Abraham, 6-5, 270, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High.  COMMITTED.  Abraham is shaping up as one of the best in SoCal, with great size, a good frame that could easily add more weight and a very good technique and aggressiveness on the field. He attended the UCLA four-day camp in June, was offered soon after and verbally committed to the Bruins. A List.

Shannon Tevaga, 6-3, 295, La Mirada (Calif.) High.  COMMITTED.  Tevaga is a highly touted defensive tackle prospect, but wants to play offensive line in college, most likely at guard, and the Bruins will definitely use him there.  Committed in June and had indicated he might go on his Mormon mission out of high school, but has recently stated he may wait and play his four years.  A List.

Aaron Meyer, 6-3, 270, River River (Louisiana) John Curtis Christian.  COMMITTED.  A guard prospect with excellent athleticism.  The Bruins were at the top of his list for the majority of the year, but when two of his teammates committed to UCLA in December, it was just a matter of time.  Meyer tripped this past weekend, and pulled the trigger.  Along with Tevaga, gives the Bruins an excellent set of true guard prospects. A List.

Marc Villafuerte, 6-4, 300, Santa Ana (Calif.) CC.  COMMITTED.  Villafuerte will come in and practice during the Spring and could see immediate playing time next year on the Bruins line.  He will play guard and have four years to play three seasons.  A List. 

Chris Joseph, 6-3, 260, Santa Ynez (Calif.) High.  COMMITTED.  Joseph committed to UCLA in the middle of December, and it is somewhat of a soft commit.  Liked Stanford a lot, and if they offered, he could commit, but he is expected to stick with the Bruins.  A List. 

Scott Glicksberg, 6-4, 285, San Jose (Calif.) Leland.  COMMITTED.  Glicksberg was rising towards the end of the season and committed to UCLA after Cal began to pick up its recruitment of him.  Could play offensive tackle or guard for the Bruins, as the coaching staff has been enamore with his quickness.  A List. 

Nathaniel Skaggs, 6-4, 255, Poway (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo.  COMMITTED.  Skaggs, a top wrestler in California, committed to the Bruins in November, and is being recruited to play center.  Could play guard as well, with quick feet, but has indicated a preference to play center.  A List. 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

UCLA will have 2-3 wide receiver scholarships to give, and will want to bring in elite, home-run hitting talent.  While UCLA has a good amount of bodies at wide receiver in the near future, it definitely needs to get some difference-makers catching the ball. The loss of Tab Perry opens up immediate playing time.  Graves is a solid commit, and with the addition of Everett, the Bruins have a pretty decent receivers group coming in, and the possible addition of Vaughn, Breazell or Young could make it a strong group.

Ryan Graves, 6-1, 170, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir. COMMITTED.  A talented receiver who had over 1,000 yards and 100 catches as a junior. His speed is a bit of a question but he catches everything. He came to UCLA's four-day camp for a day and was impressive, and after being offered, pulled the trigger early.  Has had a good senior season.  A List.

Marcus Everett, 6-1, 195, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade.  COMMITTED.  Everett had a big senior year, collecting over 1,350 yards receiving this season and emerging as one of the best receivers in Southern California. He has very good pass-catching skills and 4.5 speed, which is even better on the football field. He visited UCLA officially and had the Bruins neck-and-neck with Oregon. after his trip to Eugene, but on a trip to Duke, he called the UCLA coaches and committed to them. A List.

Brandon Breazell, 5-11, 155.  Fresno (Calif.) Edison.  From the same high school as former Bruin DB Ricky Manning Jr., UCLA got on Breazell in late-November and offered him.  Breazell visited UCLA in late-January.  The Bruins are in the mix along with Oregon, Washington State, Arizona State, USC and California.  He has said that he has no leader at the time. A List.

Christopher Vaughn, 6-4, 200, Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas More.  A raw player with only two years under his belt, Vaughn is a gifted athlete who the Bruins like a lot.  UCLA got a trip from him and he reportedly had a great time, putting the Bruins high on his list, while Boston College, Iowa, Notre Dame and Michigan State are all battling for him.  He narrowed his list down to UCLA, Iowa, Boston College and Notre Dame, and will decide on Signing Day  A List.

Chancellor Young, 6-2, 205, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea.  A speedy, fleet-footed receiver (he runs a 4.3), Young visited UCLA last weekend and while he hasn't received a written offer, he has one pending.  Could also play defensive back.  Washington and Notre Dame could be tough to beat, but Duke and Oregon also are in the mix.  A List.

 

TIGHT ENDS

UCLA is looking to bring in an elite tight end, and has it as a top priority with the uncertainty of Keith Carter due to his injury and the rash of injuries for the UCLA tight ends.  The Bruins have already signed one JC tight end but the rest of the market is pretty bare.  With the loss of Blane Kezerian and Carter's status unknown, there is a chance for early playing time.

Matt Raney, 6-5, 260, Phoenix (Ariz.) College. COMMITTED.  Raney played tight end for Phoenix College and signed with the Bruins in December.  He will have three years to play two years and is an excellent blocker, having played offensive tackle his first season at Phoenix College A List.


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