Early Top Junior Football Prospects: Offense

It's too early to recognize all of the best prospects in the junior class, but here's an early list to get you started. First, the early prospects for Offense...

Obviously it's very early to even begin to recognize UCLA's targets in next year's recruiting class. It's even difficult to recognize who will be the top prospects on the west coast. In April, the Nike Camps will be firing up, and that will give us quite a better grasp on who are the top prospects and UCLA's top targets. For now, here's a list to get you started. The Top Targets are those that we know UCLA has targeted and are elite prospects. It doesn't necessarily mean that prospects in the "Others to Watch" lists won't be elite recruits or UCLA's top targets.

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Top Targets:

Dennis Dixon, 6-4, 180, San Leandro (Calif.) High
Kyle Wright, 6-3, 200, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista
Tommy Grady, 6-6, 190, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison

Others to Watch:

Richard Kovalcheck, 6-2, 190, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine
Sam Keller, 6-4, 205, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon
Cary Dove, 6-2, 170, Reseda (Calif.) Taft
Beau Budde, 6-4, 195, San Clemente (Calif.) High
Justin Cassell, 6-3, 185, Chatsworth (Calif.) High
Ben Shelton, 6-5, 195, Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln
Johnny DeRoucher, 6-4, 205, Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel

Running Back

Top Targets:

Reggie Bush, 5-11, 180, San Diego (Calif.) Helix

Others to Watch:

Derrick Williams, 6-0, 185, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Chauncey Washington, 6-0, 205 Torrance (Calif.) South Torrance
Maurice Drew, 5-9, 180, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Kenneth Frank, 6-0, 190, Cerritos (Calif.) High
Charles Burnley, 6-0, 180, Valencia (Calif.) High
Rafael Rice, 5-10, 190, Santa Ana (Calif.) High
Lorenzo Bursey, 5-9, 180, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Chase Twedell, 6-0, 180, Cerritos (Calif.) Valley Christian
Emeka Nnoli, 6-1, 230, Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas (FB)
Jody Adewale, 6-0, 220, Fresno (Calif.) Roosevelt (FB)

Wide Receiver:

Top Targets:

Steve Smith, 6-1, 185, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Noah Smith, 5-10, 175, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Whitney Lewis, 6-2, 190, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Quintin Daniels, 6-1, 185, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Mark Bradford, 6-2, 185, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont
Desmond Reed, 5-10, 185, Temple City (Calif.) High

Others to Watch:

Joe Cowan, 6-5, 195, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Jose Perez, 5-11, 180, Oceanside (Calif.) High
B.J. Vickers, 6-3, 200, Venice (Calif.) High
Duran Cooley, 6-1, 180, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
Craig Chambers, 6-5, 180, Mill Creek (Wash.) Jackson
Greg Chatman, 6-2, 180, Carson (Calif.) High
Chris Miller, 6-2, 190, San Clemente (Calif.) High
Devin Stearns, 6-3, 190, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Tight End

Top Targets:

Chris Barrett, 6-5, 225, Tustin (Calif.) High

Others to Watch:

Robert Lewis, 6-4, 215, Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep
Casey Tyler, 6-6, 255, Edmonds (Wash.) Woodway
Jesse Ainsworth, 6-4, 210, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High

Offensive Linemen

Top Targets:

Sam Baker, 6-5, 290, Tustin (Calif.) High
Drew Radovich, 6-5, 260, Mission Viejo (Calif.) High
Kevin Brown, 6-3, 276, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Others to Watch:

Robert Gustavis, 6-4, 255, Torrance (Calif.) North
Robert Garibay, 6-6, 310, Palo Cedro (Calif.) Foothill
P.J. Irvin, 6-3, 260, Agoura Hills (Calif.) Agoura
Matt Reese, 6-7, 330, Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial
Kevin Weeks, 6-6, 250, Orinda (Calif.) Miramonte
Ryan Kalil, 6-4, 260, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Nicholas Peterson, 6-4, 275, Oxnard (Calif.) High
Alex Freeman, 6-5, 285, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Alex Gottlieb, 6-5, 280, Valencia (Calif.) High
Eddie Pantley, 6-5, 310, Torrey Pines (Calif.) High
Preston Clover, 6-5, 260, Laguna Hills (Calif.) High
Aleks Blagojevich, 6-4, 290, Gardna (Calif.) Serra


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