FB Recruiting: Quarterbacks

With the Los Angeles Nike Camp this Saturday, the new football recruiting season really gets underway. So, it's time to set the table for all of UCLA's prospects in the class of 2003. Starting with the quarterbacks...

With probably 17-20 scholarships to give next season, UCLA is already being pretty selective as to whom it has offered, and will probably continue to be through the year.

Please remember that it's still just April and still very early in the recruiting process. Many names will be added to the list and many will drop off, even just between now and September. But this will give you a cheat sheet on whom to watch as the Nike Camps get moving and for UCLA's one-day camp in June.


With a crunch of numbers, UCLA will be looking for one quarterback, two if there are two elite QBs who want to come.

Dennis Dixon, 6-4, 185, San Leandro (Calif.) High. Considered possible the QB prospect with the most upside in the west, with great athleticism and a great arm, but still pretty raw. He's one of UCLA's primary targets, and UCLA has been among his favorites for a while. Oregon will be a serious contender, and he's also considering USC, Washington and will get national looks.

Kyle Wright, 6-3, 200, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista. Emerging as at least among the top two QBs on the west coast, if not the best, Wright is the consummate quarterback – with good size, quickness, a great arm and a polished game. UCLA was his long-time favorite, but now that's been supplanted by USC, so UCLA is in a battle for him.

Tom Grady, 6-6, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison. Is very big, obviously, and has potential. Isn't as athletic as some of UCLA's other targets, but still moves pretty well for being 6-6. Recently said he favors UCLA over Florida, Miami, Tennessee and others.

Johnny DuRocher, 6-4, 205, Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel. Another big, dropback QB from Washington, DuRocher has a strong arm and good size. Oregon, Washington, UCLA and others are his early favorites.

Brad Bower, 6-2, 185, Hinsdale (Ill.) Central. It seems every year UCLA looks at Illinois for quarterbacks, and Bower could be the guy they're looking at this year. He has a few Midwest schools as his favorites early.

Ben Shelton, 6-5, Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln. UCLA is scouting big Ben, but it will be difficult to get him away from Washington, if they offer.

Richard Kovalcheck, 6-2, 190, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine. One of the best in Southern California, he's on UCLA's list.

Sam Keller, 6-4, 205, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon. Among the top three in Northern California, UCLA is scouting.

Robert Lane, 6-4, 215, Monroe (Louis.) Neville. One of the best in Louisiana, UCLA has made contact, and is in his top 7 or 8 schools.

Josh Matthews, 6-3, 200, St. Louis (Missouri) Lafayette. Strong-armed and one of best in Midwest, UCLA is on his early list.

Brad Roach, 6-6, 210, Williamston (North Carolina) High. Very big kid with good athleticism, UCLA is scouting and Roach lists UCLA.

Sam Betty, 6-6, 210, Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale. One of the best athletes in the state, he's a pretty raw quarterback, but has potential. Also a very good basketball player who would probably be able to play both sports in college.

Leon Jackson, 6-2, 190, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. He'll take over the reigns of Poly's offense. He attended UCLA's Junior Day.

Beau Budde, 6-4, 195, San Clemente (Calif.) High. On UCLA's to-watch list, and one of the best in SoCal.

Terry Mermer, 6-4, 215, Santa Ana (Calif.) Calvary Chapel. A sleeper at a small school, Mermer, though has some people talking about him.

Ryan Gunderson, 6-5, 215, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic. Considered one of the best, if not the best, in Oregon.

Others to Watch:

Greg Reynolds, 6-5, 205, Pacifica (Calif.) Terra Nova
Brian Nooy, 6-4, Pendleton (Ore.) High
Alex Brink, 6-3, 180, Sheldon (Ore.) High
Chris Heavner, 6-3, 205, Johnson City (Tex.) Lyndon B. Johnson
John Ferguson, 6-6, 210, Reynoldsburg (Ohio) High
Richard Meager, 6-2, Richardson (Tex.) Pearce

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