FB Recruiting: Running Backs

UCLA is looking to bring in an elite tailback next year and has targeted a few local prospects. But so far it appears it's not a deep year for running backs and UCLA might have to go outside of the area...


UCLA will more than likely only give out one scholarship to a tailback, and will reserve it for a pretty elite prospect. A fullback is also targeted.

Reggie Bush, 5-11, 180, San Diego (Calif.) Helix. Bush is the current #1 running back on the west coast. He has good size, good speed and great quickness. He's interested in many schools, and the early handicapping has Stanford and UCLA as the main contenders with Stanford leading.

Derrick Williams, 6-0, 185, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. A nice, all-around athlete, he's getting recruited by UCLA as a running back but could end up a defensive back. A long-time UCLA lean.

Chauncey Washington, 6-0, 205 Torrance (Calif.) South Torrance. Has a chance to be one of the best on the west coast. He has said he has liked UCLA for some time, but many feel it could come down between UCLA and USC.

Lynell Hamilton, 6-1, 215, Stockton (Calif.) Edison. Probably the best in Northern California, and many feel he could be the best in the west when it's all said and done. The word is that UCLA has offered him. Nebraska is apparently his dream school, but UCLA will be trying hard to keep him in state.

Dennis Keyes, 6-2, 180, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birminham. Keyes is a great all-around athlete who could end up a wide receiver or defensive back. UCLA will be battling USC for this one, the Trojans being his childhood favorite.

Lendale White, 6-2, 215, Littleton (Col.) Chatfield. Might go down as one of the best ever in state of Colorado, White has great size and quickness. UCLA is one among many on his list.

Tyrice Daniels, 5-11, 190 Elk Grove (Calif.) High. Had a great junior year and was named all-state second team. He's on UCLA's to-watch list.

Charles Burnley, 6-0, 180, Valencia (Calif.) High. Good-sized and tough, Burnley emerged last year as one of the best junior running backs in SoCal.

Ronald Simmons, 6-0, 190, Dallas (Tex.) A. Maceo Smith. Simmons looks to be one of the best in Texas and has UCLA among a short list of favorites, including Michigan and Miami.

Champ Davis, 6-0, 200, Plano (Tex.) West. Considered one of the best prospects in Texas. Could end up at another position. Has UCLA among his early leaders.

Maurice Drew, 5-9, 180, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle. He made a name for himself in the big showdown against Long Beach Poly last year. Drew runs hard and has good moves.

Others to Watch:

Michael Liti, 5-11, 185, Tustin (Calif.) Foothill
Kenneth Frank, 6-0, 190, Cerritos (Calif.) High
Chase Twedell, 6-0, 180, Cerritos (Calif.) Valley Christian
Michael Motte, 6-0, 210, Houston (Tex.) North Shore
Lorenzo Bursey, 5-9, 165, Beverly Hills (Calif.) High
Akeem Anthony, 5-7, 160, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes
Reggie Ross, 5-11, 185, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa
Harold Taylor, 5-10, 185, Houston (Tex.) Smiley
James Day, 6-0, 190, Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View                               Jacob Flowe, 6-1, 204, Chino (Calif.) High                                       Erik Hardeman, 6-1, 210, Pflugerville (Tex.) High                                 


Emeka Nnoli, 6-1, 230, Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas
Jody Adewale, 6-0, 220, Fresno (Calif.) Roosevelt
Tyson Butler, 6-2, 210, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
Todd Basler, 6-1, 215, Elma (Wash.) High
Brandon Atkinson, 6-1, 215, Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan
Drean Rucker, 6-2, 240, Murrietta Valley (Calif.) Canyon Springs
Chris Alexander, 6-0, 230, Humble (Tex.) High

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