UCLA football recruiting did indeed have what you could call a bad day Monday.
Many of the elite recruits UCLA was involved with expressed that UCLA was no longer on their list, including one of the truly big prospects for UCLA, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman linebacker, Ryan Reynolds.
Without Reynolds, UCLA is now looking at other options for that last linebacker scholarship.
It does appear that UCLA will get commitments from two players who took their official visits last weekend: Chase Moline, DT, 6-1, 240, Mission Viejo (Calif.) High, and George Lewis, WR, 6-3, 190, New Orleans (LA) Redeemer-Seton.
Moline was offered a grayshirt, but UCLA could end up with a scholarship to give him for fall enrollment. He'll officially visit Boise State, but said he'll almost certainly commit to UCLA. Moline is undersized, but has consistently beaten bigger and more-hyped competition. He is a long-time UCLA fan, and his brother, Chane, is one of the best running back prospects in the west in the junior class.
Lewis, reportedly, is a soft verbal to UCLA. He'll visit Louisiana-Monroe, but considers himself committed to UCLA. Lewis played quarterback for most of his junior and senior year. He ran a 4.6 40 at various combines and camps, and is considered a good athlete, despite having not played much wide receiver. UCLA assistant coach Eric Bieniemy had success recruiting somewhat of a sleeper out of Lousiana in running back, Chris Markey, and he's attempting to do it again.
With the scholarship number fluctuating, and with the uncertainty around Jeremy Childs, the wide receiver from Los Alamitos (Calif.), it's near-impossible to know exactly how many more scholarships UCLA has to give. It's been known that UCLA could have ultimately at least 23, which would probably give them three more to give beyond Moline and Lewis, while not counting Childs.
Childs supposedly was supposed to receive the score on the SAT he took in early December. That score would be critical to his chances of getting past UCLA admissions. But we've been unable to contact Childs, and he's been very quiet generally, which isn't a good sign in terms of his SAT score.
Now, if UCLA does, in fact, get more than three commitments among the other players it's still recruiting, Moline very well could grayshirt.
The Prospects Remaining:
Erik Lorig, TE/DL, Rolling Hills (Calif.) Palos Verdes Peninsula. UCLA has a chance with Lorig, even though the prevailing sentiment is that he'll ultimately not be able to turn down USC. We did a recruiting update on him yesterday.
Roy Miller, DT, Killeen (Tex.) Shoemaker. An elite national defensive tackle prospect who visited UCLA officially in December, it's thought that he's leaning to Texas, but it's definitely between the Longhorns and the Bruins. He does have aspects that could pull him to UCLA, so UCLA still has a chance.
Charles Brown, TE/OL/DL, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch. He's been tough to get a hold of since his mother was ill right after his official visit to UCLA. He's considered a soft verbal to USC, but the word is that he vacillates between UCLA and USC almost on a daily basis.
Grant Crunkleton, CB, 5-11, Denver (Col.) Mullen, is the cover corner UCLA wants. Recent reports have him leaning to ASU, but it's definitely between the Sun Devils and Bruins and could go either way.
David Nelson, WR, 6-5, Wichita Falls (Tex.) Rider. An early commit to Notre Dame, Nelson is now re-thinking it and will visit UCLA next weekend. Notre Dame is still involved, as well as others. He's looking very good at the U.S. Army game practices for the west squad.
Bret Lockett, WR/DB, Diamond Bar (Calif.) High. He took his visit to Oregon State, but with UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell now telling Lockett that he wouldn't have to grayshirt, the Bruins look to be the leaders for this long-time UCLA fan. It's between UCLA, Oregon State and Arizona. We did an update today.
Shaun Dewitty, RB/DB, Colorado Springs (Col.) Doherty. UCLA likes his size and athleticism at, probably, cornerback. It's between the Bruins and Arizona State. He's supposed to visit Kansas State this weekend, though, and if he waits around too long UCLA might not have a scholarship for him.
Adrian McCovey, LB, Lakewood (Calif.) High. McCovey is an elite linebacker prospect that looks to be going out of state.
Raymond Henderson, DE, Oak Creek (WI) High. It's almost certain that UCLA is out of it. But some close to the situation feel that Henderson is the type that could surprise everyone with his announcement this week at the U.S. Army Bowl.
Fred Rouse, WR, Tallahassee (Flor.) Lincoln. It's almost certain UCLA won't have a shot with the #1 player in the country. Some close to the recruitment felt that Rouse would have been interested but his academics are very spotty, and UCLA admissions wouldn't be able to admit him.
Other Possibilities That Haven't Been Offered Yet:
John Hale, LB, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. The son of a former UCLA player,
he'd commit if offered. UCLA could trip him in. An offer might be coming.
Jon Hall, 6-3, 225, LB/TE, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High. There has been some interest in Hall, who had a big year as a tight end. But it's thought it's unlikely UCLA will pursue him seriously.
Adam Leonard, LB, 6-1, 220, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach. He got over-looked because of injuries to his knees. Duke was his only offer, but reportedly UCLA is now showing interest.
Corey Anderson, WR/DB, Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham. A recruit UCLA has kept warm for a while, he had one of the best seasons as a wide receiver in SoCal.