Football Recruiting: Tight Ends & Athletes

The series finally concludes with a look at UCLA's targets at tight end and athletes. UCLA has two commitments from tight ends but is looking at many athlete-types...


Marcedes Lewis, 6-7, 235, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. COMMITTED. Lewis is looking like one of the few best players in the west this year, and even in the country. Not only does he look great as a tight end, big and fast, but he's looking like a freak at defensive end, where he's lined up on obvious passing downs for Poly. Lewis has talked to UCLA about playing some defensive end, and is starting to warm to the idea of playing both ways in college.  Don't forget, Lewis is also a very good basketball player, one that could definitely help the UCLA basketball team with its frontcourt. Especially when he ends up 250+ pounds. Lewis could end up being one of the best all-around athletes to come to UCLA in quite a while.

J.J. Hair, 6-7, 230, Capistrano Valley. COMMITTED. Considered one of the best tight end prospects on the west coast, Hair is big, strong and has very good hands. He came to UCLA's one-day camp last year and UCLA showed him interest since. When he came to Junior Day in February, Hair knew pretty much that UCLA is where he wanted to go. By March, when Hair and his father decided to come to campus, Hair committed to Coach Toledo. His father said, "Basically, J.J has always liked UCLA."


Idris Moss, DB/WR/QB, 6-1, 165, 4.5, Riverside (Calif.) Eisenhower. Thought to be one of the best all-around athletes in SoCal, Moss spends most of his time at quarterback, but is projected as a safety or wide receiver on the next level. He has great quickness and instincts. It's UCLA with a slight lead over Arizona State, but Washington could be tough since his uncle went there. Moss's father, though, went to UCLA and he grew up a UCLA fan. Fresno State and Wisconsin will get visits. <a href=>Latest Recruiting Update</a>

Curtis Justus, TE/DE, 6-7, 220, Perry, (Okla.) High. Justus is considered a great all-around football player. He had 9 sacks in his first game of the year at defensive end. Justus likes Miami and Florida State, while UCLA is slightly at a disadvantage with him because he primarily wants to be recruited as a tight end and UCLA has two TE commitments. But despite this, UCLA is still doing well with him, will probably get an official visit, and could possibly work the angle that they'd bring him in as an athlete, which would give him a shot at tight end.

Jesse Taylor, TE/DE, 6-3, 240, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. Coming from a UCLA family, with his parents having gone to UCLA and his sister currently attending UCLA, you'd think Taylor would be a lock. But the word is that Taylor would prefer to play tight end, and justifiably so after he was one of the best tight end at the San Diego Nike Camp. Lately Taylor has said he likes Oregon State, Washington, Oregon and Colorado while he waits on an offer from UCLA.

Dominic Roux, DB/WR, 6-0, 170, Gardena (Calif.) Serra. A speedster, Roux is an athlete that could end up at wide receiver or possibly safety on the next level. He's still a raw football player, but he has great acceleration in the open field. He did favor UCLA, but UCLA is in watch mode. In the meantime, Colorado has offered and moved into his favaorite spot. Arizona and Oregon are also involved.

Jamario McClain, WR/S, 6-2, 170, 4.4, Pico Rivera (Calif.) El Rancho. McClain is a promising prospect. He is a little thin-framed, but with his speed and talent, he has a chance to be a very good wide receiver or safety. He maintains that UCLA is his favorite, while also looking at other Pac-10 schools.

Rory Carrington, RB/DB, 5-11, 190, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Carrington is plainly a very good football player, but possibly without a position in college. He plays running back/fullback for Poly, but it's hard to exactly project him on the next level. If he gets bigger he could be a fullback, but many scouts project him as a strong safety. UCLA likes him and Carrington has told various sources that if UCLA offered he'd commit.

Keith Howell, WR/DB, 6-1, 185, Newhall (Calif.) Hart. Howell is definitely on UCLA's to-watch list. A kid wiith a good body and speed, he's only in his second year of playing football. He looked good in the summer passing leagues and has played well for Hart at cornerback this year. A great student with a 4.0 GPA, he likes UCLA as well as Stanford, Washington, Cal and possibly the Ivies.

Chad Glover, TE/DE, 6-5, 235, Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery. A big kid with good mobility, Glover is pretty raw but scouts like his potential. UCLA likes Glover, but they might not get to him. He's also considering Arizona and others.

Marcus Freeman, TE/DE, 6-3, 230, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham. A good, all-around athlete, Freeman is one that some national programs are on. He has said in the past he favors Notre Dame, but also likes Oklahoma, Michigan State, Minnesota and UCLA.

Lozerri Bobo, DB/LB, 6-2, 220, Compton (Calif.) High. A local kid that UCLA is watching, Bobo has good quickness and good size. He likes UCLA, and is also considering Oregon, Wisconsin and Washington. None have offered as of yet.

Gabriel Moise, LB/FB, 6-1, 211, Burbank (Calif.) Burroughs. Moise came to UCLA's one day and is now having a pretty notable senior year. He's looked good as a fullback and has four sacks playing defense end. Looking for tough guys who can run, UCLA is watching Moise.

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