Football Recruiting Update

There are a number of updates on various prospects heading into UCLA's big recruiting weekend. Probably the three real running back possibilities will all visit officially at the same time...

This isn't a comprehensive report, just some updates on various recruiting possibilities we've heard lately.

 

Josh Portis, the 6-3 true freshman quarterback at Florida is planning on transferring.

 

Originally from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, Portis is rumored to be interested in UCLA.

 

To our knowledge, UCLA has not received a release from Florida yet. It's uncertain if UCLA would interested in Portis, even though it's known that they did like him considerably coming out of high school, especially after he had such an exceptional senior year.

 

Portis has good size and is an exceptional athlete. In his junior year of high school his throwing ability was a bit in question, but he threw very well his senior year and got good reviews his true freshman year in Florida. He entered Florida early, in time for their spring practice, and was impressive.  Last season, as the second-string quarterback, he was just 6 for 11 for 81 yards, playing behind starter Chris Leak.

 

Portis will have to sit out a year wherever he goes, and then he'll be eligible for the 2007 season as a redshirt sophomore.

 

As we reported, James Montgomery, the running back from Rancho Cordova, will not visit UCLA officially this weekend. He'll decide between Washington, where he verbally committed, and Cal.

 

Konrad Reuland, the 6-6, 240-pound tight end from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High, was tentatively scheduled to take an official visit during UCLA's big recruiting weekend starting tomorrow, but the lastest is that he is playing in a basketball tournament and likely wouldn't make it. Also, there are reports that Reuland will announce his decision today, having decided on Notre Dame.

 

The running back possibilities could be dwindling. C.J. Gable, the elite running back prospect from Sylmar, has eliminated UCLA, and it was questionable whether Gable would make it pass UCLA admissions.

 

Leiylon Myers, the athlete from Lynwood who could have possibly developed into a tailback on the next level, is also not available to UCLA because of academics.

 

Stafon Johnson, the #3-ranked running back in the nation from Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey, could be on the fence academically also.

 

Rodney Glass, the speedster from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame, isn't completely off the list just yet, with still a chance academically. He could, though, project as a defensive back.

 

It could very well be down to Tracy Slocum, the 5-10, 190-pounder from Clovis (Calif.) East, Toby Gerhart, the 6-1, 225-pounder from Norco, and Mossis Madu, 5-11, 190, from Norman (Oka.) High. All three are taking their official visits to UCLA this weekend.

 

UCLA is feeling pretty good about the local running back prospects in the junior class, such as Raymond Carter, the 6-0, 190-pounder from Crenshaw, and even Marc Tyler, the 6-1, 210-pounder from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian.  UCLA very well could be feeling that if they don't get a running back in the 2006 class they'll have a very good chance in 2007. Not getting one in 2006 makes it imperative that the Bruins get a big-impact running back in 2007.

 

At linebacker, UCLA is hoping that Mark Johnson, the elite prospect from Dorsey, continues to improve academically so they could admit him. They'll know more by the end of this semester and then, if he has improved, could have him visit officially in January.

 

Allen Bradford, the #1 linebacker prospect in the nation, from Colton, is visiting UCLA officially this weekend. The Bruins, who had been leading for Bradford, need to try to offset the lead USC established with Bradford after he visited there officially during the UCLA-USC game.

 

Dwight Roberson, the linebacker from Ventura St. Bonaventure, is still a possibility, if UCLA happens to miss with many of the prospects it's already offered in the next month.

 

Garrett Green, the quarterback from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame, is also still a possibility. We'll have a recruiting update with him tomorrow.

 

Chris Lewis, the defensive end/linebacker from Clovis (Calif.) West, would be someone UCLA could get more active with also if it missed on many of the players its currently offered.

 

Tyquan Know, the receiver from Crenshaw, is probably a longshot, probably having too much academic work to make up.

 

The list of recruits visiting this weekend:

RECRUITS:

LB Allen Bradford, Colton
DB Darian Hagan, Crenshaw
TE Konrad Reuland, Mission Viejo (tentative)
OL Micah Kia, Mililani (Hawaii)
RB Mossis Madu, Norman (Okla.)
OL Nick Ekbatani, L.A. Harbor CC
WR Terrence Austin, Long Beach Poly
RB Toby Gerhart, Norco
RB Tracy Slocum, Clovis East

COMMITS:

RB Chane Moline, Mission Viejo
RB Christian Ramirez, Imperial
DT Darius Savage, Morse
DE David Carter, Kaiser
DE Dylan Rush, Konawaena
OL Jake Dean, Paraclete
DE Jeff Miller, Westlake
DT Jerzy Siewierski, Sparks
DE Reginald Stokes, Carver


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