A few things have changed since we published part one of this analysis.
That makes two more potential scholarships
UCLA also received a commitment over the weekend, bringing the number of committed players to 13.
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WR (1-2): Ryan Graves (6-0, 165)
DE (2-3): Brigham Harwell (6-1, 250)
DT (2-3): Kenny Lombard (6-1, 265)
LB (1-2): Will Price (6-1, 250)
S (2): Daniel Drayton (5-10, 185)
K (1): Aaron Perez (6-3, 200)
This was going to be just an analysis of defense, but with scholarships opening up and the commitment of Glicksberg over the weekend at offensive line, it changes things a bit. UCLA could now take up to seven offensive line recruits in this class. With losing one quarterback from the depth chart, and possibly two, obviously UCLA will use the newly available scholarships to try to definitely bring in two quarterbacks.
On defense, the priority still remains at the
line positions. At defensive end,
Brigham Harwell is committed, but insiders believe it's a soft commitment at
this point. So, it makes it even
more imperative for UCLA to recruit well at defensive end. UCLA had an official visit from a JC
defensive end, Kyle Morgan, over the weekend. The reports from the trip are that
Morgan had a very good time and that UCLA will have a very good shot with him.
Morgan, originally from
Defensive tackle recruiting is in a bit more
dire straits than defensive end.
UCLA does have a commitment from Kenneth Lombard, and while you want to
UCLA has a commitment from Will Price, who re-confirmed his commitment after he visited officially in November. It's still uncertain whether Price will qualify academically, even though those close to the situation are pretty confident he will.
Price, also, very well could end up as a down lineman, probably a defensive end. He's 6-1 and already about 250, and moves more like a lineman than a linebacker.
After Price, UCLA could take one more linebacker prospect. The best prospect that UCLA has a good shot with is Terrance Kelly. He emerged this season as one of the best linebacker prospects in the west and has always liked UCLA. Worrell Williams would be another of the better prospects in the west, but UCLA is probably a longshot for him. If UCLA doesn't get Kelly, there are a few other names that they haven't offered as of yet that could be possibilities. Greg Newman is one, but he also is big enough that he could end up a defensive end. Joe Mortensen could be shaping up as a possibility. A sleeper is Lamar Robinson from Bishop Amat.
Right now, though, at linebacker, it looks like Kelly is the main emphasis.
UCLA looks to take one or two more defensive backs, depending on scholarship numbers. UCLA considers Brian Payton a cornerback, and looks set at conerback with two very good commits in Payton and Rodney Van.
Safety looks to be where UCLA will fill another
spot. It already has a commitment from Daniel Drayton, who doesn't look to make
a big impact at the position. So,
UCLA is going strong after an impact player at safety. The three primary targets, who are
considered elite prospects, were Craig Steltz, Brandon Robinson and Virdell Larkins. It appears, though, that UCLA might not be able to recruit Larkins
because of academics. So, defensive
back recruiting centers on Steltz and Robinson. UCLA tripped in Robinson this last
weekend and all account are that UCLA has a very good chance with him.
Apparently there could be a snag for Robinson going to Stanford, which could
greatly benefit UCLA. Steltz might
be a longer shot, but UCLA is trying to nail down an official visit with
him. Jamar Adams, the #21-ranked
safety in the nation, is a soft commit to
UCLA also could take an elite cornerback recruit if he wanted to come. The most likely candidate would be Cortney Grixby, who's considered the #1 cornerback prospect in the country.
If things fall through will all of these top prospects, there are still some possibilities. Venicie High's Mesphin Forrester could be an option at safety, as could Byron Velega from Long Beach Poly or Antoine Cason from Los Alamitos.
But generally UCLA looks to be in pretty good shape in its defensive back recruiting. It has pretty good depth at corner and safety already, and adding Payton and Van were very good additions. If the Bruins can get another elite safety prospect, Robinson, Steltz or Patterson, it would be considered a very good defensive back class.
If UCLA can keep Harwell in the fold, get another JC defensive end who can contribute quickly, at least one good defensive tackle, Terrance Kelly and one more good defensive back, its defensive recruiting will be considered a good class for the year.
Offensively, UCLA needs two quarterbacks, and really, at least one that has a very good chance of playing early backup minutes and starting by their redshirt sophomore year. UCLA needs some impact offensive linemen, so either they get a couple more that would appear they could be, or the ones that are committed exceed expectations. It's the same situation at tight end --- UCLA needing an impact player. Right now, those scenarios at quarterback, offensive line and tight end look unlikely. UCLA needs an elite wide receiver, and hopefully Marcus Everett is that prospect. Offensive recruiting looks a bit weak at this point, but the staff has close to two months to improve on it before signing day.