FB Recruiting: WRs & TEs

There is no question that the best depth in this class is at wide receiver, which is good timing for UCLA since it needs to stock up...


UCLA has been relatively thin at receiver for a couple of years, and injuries and transfers haven't helped. So, UCLA will be looking to take as many good wide receivers as possible and probably no less than two.

Steve Smith, 6-1, 185, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. One of the best in the country and could be the best prospect in the west. His recruitment will probably be a roller coaster for a while, but it should come down between UCLA, USC and possibly Oregon.

Whitney Lewis, 6-2, 200, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure. Considered right there with Steve Smith, he's a freak of an athlete – big, fast and strong. Florida State and others are on him, but it might not matter because academics will be a serious question.

Quintin Daniels, 6-0, 185, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. Very swift and talented wideout from Matt Ware's alma mater, Daniels just visited UCLA's practice a few days ago. He has good grades so Stanford could be the main competition, but UCLA could be team to beat.

Noah Smith, 5-11, 175, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. The speed burner on Taft, Smith is the son of a former UCLA football player. There has been talk that even though UCLA was childhood favorite it might not have an effect and he could be leaning to go elsewhere.

Matt Slater, 6-2, 180, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite. The son of former Ram, Jackie Slater, there is some great buzz about him and UCLA is recruiting him pretty hard.

Sam Cheatham, 5-11, 180, San Leandro (Calif.) High. Good friends with UCLA incoming freshman Jarrad Page and UCLA recruit Dennis Dixon, Cheatham is supposed to be very good and favors UCLA.

Mark Bradford, 6-2, 185, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont. A complete stud of an athlete, Bradford is also a pretty good basketball player. He could end up playing safety in college, but he's a quality player and kid that has UCLA on his short list.

Desmond Reed, 5-10, 185, Temple City (Calif.) High Reed earned a rep as one of the best athletes in the junior class in SoCal among football players. He could end up as a defensive back. UCLA is his childhood favorite.

Ruben Jackson, 5-11, 165, Stockton (Calif.) Edison. Had a great junior season where he proved himself to be a speedy gamebreaker. UCLA is his favorite, with other west coast programs involved. If UCLA offered, he could probably commit.

Craig Chambers, 6-5, 180, Mill Creek (Wash.) Jackson. One of the best in the west and maybe the best prospect in Washington, he's conjuring up comparisons to Reggie Williams. UCLA is on his early list.

Devin Stearns, 6-3, 190, Gardena (Calif.) Serra. A stud athlete who played alongside incoming UCLA freshman Eric McNeal, Stearns could end up a safety on the next level. USC is his early leader and UCLA is on the list.

Joe Cowan, 6-5, 195, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. Big and long, Cowan received rave reviews last season. UCLA is recruiting.

Duran Cooley, 6-0, 186, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral. Definitely a kid from L.A. to watch this year, Cooley has good speed and moves. On UCLA's list.

Sam DeSa, 5-11, 180, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista. He had a big junior year and is considered fast and shifty. UCLA is on the list along with other Pac-10ers.

Greg Chatman, 6-2, 180, Carson (Calif.) High. One of the best in Los Angeles, Chatman has good size and speed. USC could be early leader.

Sean Young, 5-10, 175, Berkeley (Calif.) High. One of the guys to really watch in the class that's not as well known as others.

Corey Willams, 6-3, 180, Las Vegas (Nev.) High. Probably the best in Nevada, Williams has said he likes UCLA.

Craig David, 6-3, 195, New Orleans (Louis.) O. Perry Walker. Good size and speed, David is considered one of best in South.

Terry Love, 6-0, 170, Maywood (Ill.) High. Excellent speed, and one of the top prospects in Illinois.

Charles Smith, 6-1, 180, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix. Teammate of Reggie Bush, Smith is talented in his own right and getting looks from Pac-10 schools.

Others to Watch:

Jose Perez, 5-11, 180, Oceanside (Calif.) High
B.J. Vickers, 6-3, 200, Venice (Calif.) High
Chris Miller, 6-2, 190, San Clemente (Calif.) High
Johnny White, 6-2, 190, Pearland (Tex.) High
Brian Cosgrove, 6-2, 175, Scott Valley (Calif.) High
Bruce Hocker, 6-4, 175, Greenbelt (Mary.) Eleanor Roosevelt
Dana Mayfield, 6-1, 170, Buford (Georg.) High
Jesse Holley, 6-3, 190 Roselle (New Jersey) High
Michael Dorsey, 6-1, 185, Milwaukie (Ore.) Putnam
Corey Mazza, 6-3, 185, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High
Brandon Tripp, 6-2, 185, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High
Bobby Whithorne, 6-1, 175, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
Raynard Mackey, 6-2, 170, Muskegon (Mich.) Mona Shores
Reggie McPherson, 6-1, 180, San Leandro (Calif.) High
Marvin Byrd, 6-3, 195, Flower Mound (Tex.) Marcus            


One tight end looks to be the quota, unless there are a couple of elite prospects who want to come.

Chris Barrett, 6-5, 225, Tustin (Calif.) High. The man in the junior class for tight ends, he was probably one of the two or three best players at the Palo Alto Nike Camp last year as a junior. He's a heavy UCLA lean.

Tony Hills, 6-6, 245, Alief (Tex.) Elsik. The best in Texas, UCLA will take a shot.

Robert Lewis, 6-4, 215, Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep. Not well-known but reportedly is a good athlete and likes UCLA.

Joey Thomas, 6-5, 220, Westlake (Tex.) Austin. One of the best in Texas who has UCLA on his short list.

Jay Dixon, 6-4, 230, San Clemente (Calif.) High. Definitely a kid to watch in Southern California who has UCLA on his list.

Kyle Ingraham, 6-8, 210, San Antonio (Tex.) Clark. Very tall but agile, he had a good junior season. UCLA is on his list but Arizona (parent's alma mater) could be tough to beat.

Casey Tyler, 6-6, 255, Edmonds (Wash.) Woodway. The best in the Northwest, he has great size but could be tough to get away from Washington.

Jason Goodman, 6-5, 240, Great Falls (Mont.) Russell. Getting some strong attention, and has UCLA on his early list.

B.A. Harrell, 6-5, 240, Quartz Hill (Calif.) High. A sleeper who has caught the eye of a few scouts.

Others to Watch:

Adam Bishop, 6-5, 205, Rohnert Park (Calif.) Rancho Cotate
Phil Consenza, 6-3, 255, Grass Valley (Calif.) Nevada Union
Spencer Harrris, 6-5, 220, Scotts Valley (Calif.) High
Jesse Ainsworth, 6-4, 210, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High
Matt Pichardo, 6-5, 220, Hollywood (Flor.) South Broward
Donald Perkins, 6-3, 250, Fairburn (Georg.) Creekside
Craig Stevens, 6-4, 235, Palos Verdes (Calif.) Peninsula
John Verwey, 6-3, 235, Kerman (Calif.) High
Andrew Grimes, 6-3, 215, San Marino (Calif.) High

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