As it stands right now, UCLA has eleven commitments for next year, five on the offensive side of the ball and six on defense and would have 11 more scholarships to give to the 2005 class, a total of 22.
But there are a number of scenarios that could open up more scholarships, with more rides possibly opening up between now and next February (there always are). It's probably reasonable to expect that 22-25 scholarships will be available.
Here are some of their top targets.
Halfway into the 2004 season, UCLA has three quarterbacks on scholarship, juniors Drew Olson and David Koral, and freshman Pat Cowan). They also have walk-on Brian Callahan, and Louisville transfer Eddie Miller as a walk-on. Initially, UCLA only planned to bring in one high school quarterback in the class of 2005, and with Pomona (Calif.) Garey quarterback Osaar Rasshan already being a commit, the Bruins were thought to be done. However, they will continue to recruit quarterbacks from this class and will most likely bring in two quarterbacks this year. But of course, the big story is the Ben Olson transfer rumor, which would completely change the face of this quarterback recruiting. Olson is easily the Bruins No. 1 target, and quite possibly the most important recruit in a decade. If Olson comes, they may hold off on a second high school quarterback, as he would have four years to play four seasons, and they could realisticly redshirt Rasshan.
Osaar Rasshan, 6-4, 200, Pomona (Calif.) Garey- COMMITTED. Rasshan committed back in February. He is a raw, very athletic passer who plays for a run-oriented offense at Garey. He caught the UCLA staff's eye at last year's four-day camp, and was offered then. He has some good upside, being a great athlete who would need to refine his passing skills. He's intelligent and a good student, something that's important for a quarterback. Rasshan has had a pretty strong senior year, with Garey opening up the offense, and allowing him to pass more. A talented baseball player as well, Rasshan reportedly throws in the mid-90's as a pitcher. Looked markedly improved at UCLA's 4-Day Camp, but still is somewhat raw. A List.
Ben Olson, 6-5, 205, BYU/Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High. Its been oft reported that Olson is intent on leaving BYU when he returns from his 18-month LDS mission in November, and with UCLA one of his finalists when he was in high school, the Bruins are going to do everything they can to get Olson this time around. If he came in after this season, he would be a redshirt frosh in 2005, when Drew Olson is a senior, and would almost definitely take over as the starter in 2006, if not a year sooner. All the Pac-10 schools are over him, and UCLA has been rumored to be his leader for some time. BYU and Oregon also look to be heavily in the mix, but Olson has reportedly said that if the UCLA offense looks even somewhat dynamic this year, he'll end up in Westwood. A List.
Jason Forcier, 6-2, 200, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine. Formerly at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, Forcier transferred to St. Augustine and is one of the top quarterbacks in that region. Reportedly has an offer from UCLA, but while he was leaning towards Utah, another quarterback committed and now Forcier could be leaning towards Arizona State.
Chris Turner, 6-4, 200, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. Turner has looked solid at most of the camps he had been to during the summer, and had attended quite a few. UCLA has raved about him, though they haven't yet offered, but he has the Bruins leading with Louisville, Oregon and Illinois also in the mix, and if UCLA offered, he said he could commit.
Drew Branch, 6-2, 190, Exeter (Calif.) High. Branch looked pretty good at the MSL Combine in the Spring, and while he is a bit undersized, has looked good at various times during the summer. He likes the Bruins quite a bit, but would be most likely be another fall-back option. He also is looking at Fresno State, Louisiana Tech, Nevada and Boise State.
Others Quarterbacks Of Note:
Ben Crookston, 6-0, 195, Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard West.
With the transfer of Tyler Ebell and the pending graduation of Manuel White, UCLA will recruit at least one running back in 2005, and possibly two more. They will have four tailbacks on scholarship, Jason Harrison, Maurice Drew, Derrick Williams and Chris Markey. Commit Aaron Ware could play running back or cornerback, but will decide when he enrolls. For now, we list him with the running backs.
Aaron Ware, 6-0, 180, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian- COMMITTED. Prevented any pain and suffering for Bruin fans by committing to UCLA at Junior Day. The younger brother of three-year starter Matt Ware, Aaron is one of the top players in the state, and a must-get for this years class. Could also play corner in college like Matt, but is a gifted running back as well and could play there. That's a later problem, the fact is, he ended the drama early by following his family heritage and committing to the Bruins. Now will get to work and recruit for UCLA himself. A List.
Mikell Simpson, 6-1, 200, Harrisburg (Penn.) High. Has said he will definitely visit UCLA, and the Bruins are in his top five. The top running back in Pennsylvania, Simpson has an offer from UCLA, along with a host of schools from the Midwest. He will trip to UCLA the first weekend in December when the Bruins host USC. Virginia, Alabama and Michigan State will also receive official visits, with Nebraska possibly his fifth visit. A List.
J.R. Hasty, 5-11, 200, Bellevue (Wash.) High. The son of former NFL player James Hasty, J.R. is one of the top backs in Washington, and has an offer from most of the Pac-10 as well as Penn State, but UCLA is reportedly making up a lot of ground and was geared to receive a visit from Hasty. Along with Arizona State, Cal and Oregon, the Bruins are at the top of his list, though he says he is wide open. Participated in UCLA's 1-Day Camp. Hasty has offers from his top 8 schols. A List.
Cortes Rice, 6-1, 205, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. Looked good at UCLA's One Day Camp, Rice is rising in the eyes of the UCLA staff, and has the Bruins leading big, as they are recruiting him the hardest. Said if UCLA offered, he'd commit. The question is would Rice grow into a fullback or can he stay a tailback.
Maurice Greer, 5-11, 190, Denver (Colo.) Mullen. Greer is the top running back in Colorado, and is familiar with the Bruin coaching staff. A teammate of commit Jesse White, Greer has a connection to running back coach Eric Bieniemy, but Colorado and Kansas State are his early leaders, with Arizona State and Colorado State also in the mix. The Bruins aren't out of it just yet though.
Trason Bragg, 5-10, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. A teammate of fellow recruit George Hypolite, Bragg has UCLA as his childhood favorite and has been camping in Westwood since seventh grade, and they are his leaders. Could also play running back in college, but prefers the defensive side of the ball. Also likes Michigan State, Washington and Utah.
George Hypolite, 6-2, 230, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. Hypolite burst onto the scene after shredding Long Beach Poly's defense in the CIF Division I Championship. His mother attended UCLA and Hypolite was in attendance at several of the Bruins practices during the Spring and Fall. He is a big fan of Bieniemy but is still waiting for his first offer, with his top schools being the Bruins, USC, LSU and Florida State. A List.
Pat Roxas, 6-0, 240, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran. A frequent guest at UCLA games as well as some practices, Roxas is a solid fullback prospect. He said that if UCLA offered, he could commit, and the staff is reportedly heavily interested in him. A List.
Others Running Backs Of Note:
UCLA has a handful of young receivers in the mix, but loses Craig Bragg and Tab Perry after this season. While they have a good mixture of solid youngsters like Joe Cowan, Marcus Everett, Brandon Breazell and Ryan Graves, they could still bring in 2-3 receivers in this class, with Gavin Ketchum already committed. They are looking for a premier playmaker type, which is somewhat lacking in the West, but there are plenty of talented receivers in Southern California who they will go after.
Gavin Ketchum, 6-4, 190, Oak Park (Calif.) High. COMMITTED. Probably the best receiver in Ventura County, and one of the top returning receivers in the Southland, Ketchum received an offer from UCLA in early April and the Bruins had been his co-leader with Oregon. A close friend of Bruin commit Aaron Ware, Ketchum had been leaning towards staying in-state and close to home to play for the Bruins. He finally made the decision in mid-October after being cleared by the UCLA Academic Committee. Ketchum could also play safety or even linebacker for UCLA, but we list him with the offense. A List.
Jeremy Childs, 6-0, 180, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. Has been one of SoCal's best the past two seasons and could be the top receiver in the region as a senior. UCLA has been his early leader, though he is hearing from all of the Pac-10. Oregon and Washington State are also a couple of favorites. Said early on that if UCLA offered, he would have a hard time passing it up. In late August, Childs said he was about a "week away" from committing to UCLA, but he has yet to pop. Has attended two of UCLA's home games this year. A List.
David Gettis, 6-2, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey. The 400 champion in California as a sophomore, Gettis is a speedy wideout with excellent playmaking abilities. Arizona State, Arizona, Cal and Washington were his top four, but said UCLA is still in the mix. He plans to run track in college as well. A List.
Deon Toliver, 6-3, 175, Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo. Looked good at UCLA's One Day Camp, but is a bit lanky. Could put on more weight to become a more effective receiver.
Corey Anderson, 6-1, 170, Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birminigham. Anderson is one of the top two-way players in the Valley this year, and has had a solid start to the 2004 campaign, though he is standing out more on offense. UCLA is one of his top four schools, though he has yet to receive an offer, and he has been at some UCLA home games.
Michael Johnson, 6-2, 175, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln. Johnson was the top receiver at the Northern California MSL Combine. A speedy pass-catcher, Johnson is also one of the top sprinters in the State. His family is pushing him to Cal, but UCLA and USC are in the mix, along Arizona, Nebraska and Oregon.
Felix Sharpe, 6-0, 175, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Central. Sharpe camped at UCLA this summer, and he has a strong connection to the Bruins, as his uncle is former UCLA All-American and NFL standout Luis Sharpe. Had a solid showing at the 4-Day Camp, though he didn't receive an offer. The Bruins lead along with a plethora of Big East schools, Wisconsin and Notre Dame.
Jason Crawley, 6-3, 170, Pittsburg (Calif.) High. Stayed below the surface this summer, attending only the MSL Combine, instead of camping. He has a top five consisting of Oregon, Oregon State, California, Washington and UCLA .
Other Wide Receivers Of Note
Evan LeBlanc, 6-4, 205, Tucson (Ariz.)
Kyle Brown, 6-4, 195, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Orlando Skandrick, 6-0, 170, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High
Marlon Yates, 6-2, 170, Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep
Dashan Miller, 6-0, 180, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Roberto Wallace, 6-4, 200, Oceanside (Calif.) High
Mark Richardson, 6-1, 175, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Tight end is one spot UCLA needs to bring at minimum, two players, with both Keith Carter and Marcedes Lewis being juniors. Especially since Lewis quite possibly could leave for the NFL after this year, and the lack of depth at tight end for the Bruins could be a huge thing to overcome. UCLA has offered several tight ends, both nationally and locally. They already have one commitment, and are looking for another one as well. They are in the mix for several of the top rated tight ends in the nation as well.
Adam Heater, 6-5, 245, Snohomish (Wash.) High- COMMITTED. Heater, the son of Utah assistant coach Chuck Heater, is looking to leave the state, where his dad used to coach at Washington. Visited UCLA for the One Day Camp, and was offered following the camp, and the Bruins received a verbal from him in mid-June. Heater could, though, grow into an offensive tackle A List.
DajLeon Farr, 6-6, 240, Galena Park (Tex.) North Shore. Farr is the No. 1 ranked tight end in the nation, and he is a relative of legendary Bruin running back Mel Farr Sr., and his sons who also played at UCLA. Spent most of his junior year blocking, but has been used more as a receiving tight end this season. Has offers from most of the nations best, and his top 7 is LSU, Miami, Nebraska, OU, Texas, UCLA and USC. A List.
Ryan Moya, 6-4, 235, El Dorado (Calif.) Oak Ridge. UCLA offered Moya as a tight end after the Stanford Nike Camp, but he could also play linebacker. He camped at UCLA during the 4-Day Camp, and said then that the Bruins were his co-leader with local school Cal, although Boise State, where he has visited, is making up ground. Moya is set to trip to UCLA on November 6th, when the Bruins host Washington State. A List.
Logan Paulsen, 6-4, 220, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. Paulson is one of the Valley's top tight ends and has connections to UCLA. UCLA offered him and continues to be his leader. A teammate of quarterback recruit Chris Turner, Paulsen and Turner have talked about playing together in college, and Turner said he could commit to UCLA if they offered, which could trigger Paulsen to commit as well. Currently, the Bruins lead over Stanford, Duke and Boston College for Paulsen. A List.
Eric Lorig, 6-3, 245, Rolling Hills (Calilf.) Palos Verdes Peninsula. One of the top tight ends in the nation, Lorig has seen UCLA make up some heavy ground. Favoring the California schools, the Bruins are in his top four with Cal, USC and Stanford. A List.
Anthony Moeaki, 6-4, 240, Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South. Has offers from a handful of Big Ten and Pac-10 schools, and his brothers played at BYU, who are atop his list. Also likes USC and UCLA , who have offered along with several other Midwest schools. A List.
Josh Bell, 6-6, 235, Hitchcock (Tex.) High. A mammoth tight end, in the mold of Marcedes Lewis, Bell is one of Texas' top tight ends, Bell has UCLA in his top six with Miami, Syracuse, Kansas State, Wisconsin and Utah, with all but UCLA and Miami having offered. He has said he will visit UCLA in the Fall. A List.
Vic So'oto, 6-4, 220, Carlsbad (Calif.) High. So'oto is another Carlsbad product and is friends with several Bruin players, signees and recruits. Has starred at the two camps at UCLA, the Adidas Camp in May and the One Day Camp in June. Great hands, but could use a little better size. Had UCLA leading, but a lack of an offer from the Bruins pushed BYU to the top of his list, and the Bruins have all but disappeared from his list, behind Arizona, Washington State and Utah.
Edward Dickson, 6-5, 225, Bellflower (Calif.) High. Another top-ranked tight end in Southern California, Dickson has Oklahoma, Michigan and USC leading, and has hinted he wouldn't mind leaving the state, but the Bruins are still trying to stay in it.
Other Tight Ends Of Note
UCLA loses three starting linemen from this years class, and could still add another 4-6 to catch up with what they should be at. They one commitment from tackle Aleksey Lanis, though they did lose a commitment from center Jesse White. They are focusing heavily on tackle prospects, having one in Lanis, and hoping for around three more. The depth though is painfully thin for the Bruins, as three true freshman are in the two-deep right now.
Aleksey Lanis, 6-6, 310, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw- COMMITTED. A mammoth tackle, Lanis was the Bruins top tackle target in this class, and they were his first offer. He had listed UCLA as his favorite for quite some time, and while Stanford was up there, he ultimately decided to pull the trigger and stick with his first love. Michigan, Notre Dame and USC also were heavily involved, as was Oregon and Arizona State. He plans to enroll in the spring and participate in Spring Practice in 2005. Lanis is also recruiting for the Bruins, having had two Crenshaw teammates commit. A List.
Matt Reynolds, 6-5, 270, Provo (Utah) Timpview. Reynolds has strong ties to BYU, his dad coaches there and his brother plays there, not to mention he lives in Provo, but Reynolds has a top four of Arizona, BYU, Utah and UCLA. One of the top 10 linemen in the nation, Reynolds could be tough to get out of Utah, but said he isn't the lock for BYU people think he is. A List.
David Moosman, 6-4, 260, Libertyville (Ill.) High. Moosman lists the Bruins in his top five, and they have offered, along with Michigan, Iowa, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. His line coach, Bryan Wilcox, played at UCLA with Karl Dorrell and Moosman has family in the Southern California area. A List.
Paul Duncan, 6-6, 290, Dallas (Ga.) East Paulding. One of the South's top offensive linemen, Duncan has narrowed his schools to his top five, and has set official trips up with each of them. Oklahoma, Duke, LSU and Notre Dame will get four of his official visits, which have been set, as well as a date he has set with UCLA on November 6. A List.
Charles Brown, 6-6, 250, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch. A two-way prospect, Brown could play a variety of positions; tight end, offensive tackle, defensive end or defensive tackle. Most likely though will end up at offensive line in college. Close friends with UCLA committed quarterback Osaar Rasshan. Brown is reportedly a silent verbal to USC. A List.
Eric Hedstrom, 6-6, 265, Mount Prospect (Ill.) High. Hedstrom is a guard in high school, but one of the rare guards who actually projects to tackle in college. Hedstrom said he would visit UCLA, and the Bruins are the only school not in the Midwest on his list, but its thought he will stay close to home. A List.
Devin Head, 6-4, 270, Corona (Calif.) Centennial. Along with Irvin Stevens, was partially responsible for Terrell Jackson's success the past two seasons. Led Centennial in pancake blocks. Head is an excellent student and UCLA was his childhood favorite. He camped at UCLA's One Day Camp, and did well, and the Bruins lead with Cal, Colorado, Stanford and Oregon also involved. With the de-commitment of White, Head, who has been a frequent visitor to UCLA home games, could be the one interior guy they go after, as he could play center.
Mike Aguayo, 6-4.5, 260, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. The top linemen at Los Alamitos, and a teammate of fellow UCLA recruits Cortes Rice and Jeremy Childs, Aguayo has attended several UCLA practices, as well as the Adidas Camp, the 1-Day Camp, and their home games. Projects to play offensive guard in college.
Jake Forshay, 6-6, 265, Santa Ynez (Calif.) High. A teammate of freshman Chris Joseph at Santa Ynez, Forshay and Joseph were bookend tackles for the Pirates, and Forshay is reportedly a stronger prospect than Joseph. He has been at a practice this year.
6-2, 270, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite. A longtime UCLA fan, Meagher plays for
the same program that produced current receiver Matt Slater. Meagher has
the Bruins leading, with interest also coming from Oregon, Arizona, Oregon
State, and Fresno State. A bit undersized, Meagher said if UCLA offered,
Other Offensive Linemen Of Note
6-2, 305, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin Durham Hall
Arturo Rodriguez, 6-5, 295, Las Vegas (Nev.) High
Irvin Stevens, 6-4, 250, Corona (Calif.) Centennial.
Ian Brinker, 6-6, 280, Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic
Tyler Perkins, 6-2, 255, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Tevita Stevens, 6-3, 295, Hemet (Calif.) High
Laupepa Letuli, 6-4, 265, Torrance (Calif.) North
Richard Pacheco, 6-3, 265, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Canyon Springs
Scott Benedict, 6-3, 290, Aurora (Col.) Rangeview
Garrett Noland, 6-4, 225, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Daniel Patricio, 6-6, 315, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham
Ronnie Strait, 6-5, 280, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian
Tim Walter, 6-5, 275, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Chris Pita, 6-3, 300, San Mateo (Calif.) Aragon
Dominic Sonsini, 6-3, 270, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Paul Lucartello, 6-4, 280, Chino (Calif.) High
David Jovin, 6-4, 280, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley
Justin Brown, 6-6, 280, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly