2007 Football Prospects

UCLA just finished signing 22 players last Wednesday in the class of 2006, so it's never too early to look to 2007. Here are some of the early prospects that have been recognized as elite, including a few quarterbacks and tailbacks...

By bringing in 22 recruits for the 2006 class, UCLA has only 8 scholarships currently to give to the 2007 class (In fact, UCLA has 86 scholarships earmarked for next season, one over the NCAA-allotted 85).

So, scholarships are tight for the 2007 class.  More than likely, as is always the case, some will open up, but you probably can't expect UCLA to have more than 13-15 by Signing Day, February 2007.

Since UCLA signed 13 linemen in 2006, and missed on a tailback, it's pretty certain that the skill positions will be high priorities, along with linebackers.

UCLA will take a quarterback, a tailback, a tight end, at least one wide receiver and probably a couple a few offensive linemen on the offensive side, and on defense two linebackers, probably a safety and a cornerback, and you can always use a couple of defensive linemen.

Quarterback is a high priority. Ben Olson and Patrick Cowan will both be sophomores next year, and then juniors in the 2007 season, the freshman year of the high school class of 2007. The only other quarterback on the roster is Osaar Rasshan, who would be a redshirt sophomore in 2007.  A quarterback in the 2007 class would come in, probably redshirt his first year in 2007, perhaps sit behind seniors Olson and Cowan in 2008 (if Olson is still at UCLA) as a redshirt freshman, and then compete to start as a redshirt sophomore against Rasshan, who would be a redshirt senior at the time (and whose future at the position is fairly uncertain at this point).  With so few quarterbacks on the roster, the 2007 recruit could also be pushed to play earlier because of the lack of depth or due to injury, or if Olson does perhaps go pro early.

After not signing a true tailback in 2006, the position is a big priority for 2007.  If walk-on Ryen Carew or incoming freshman Christian Ramirez, or even Jeremy McGee, turn out to be legitimate at the position, then UCLA will look quite a bit better at the position in the next couple of seasons. But not only in a couple of years will UCLA be lacking depth at the position, there is need for a big-time talent.

Prospects that have been recognized as top priorities for UCLA and/or elite talents are designated with a *.

Quarterback

Jimmy Clausen, 6-3, 190, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian*
Aaron Corp, 6-4, 185, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran*
Samson Szakacsy, 6-4, 195, Camarillo (Calif.) High*
Chris Forcier, 6-3, 175, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine
David Coleman, 6-4, 205, Palmdale (Calif.) High
Ronnie Fouch, 6-2, 180, Redlands (Calif.) East
Kellen Kiilsgaard, 6-2, 210, Auburn (Wash.) High
David Potts, 6-2, 185, Monrovia (Calif.) High
Clint Brewster, 6-0, 180, Denver (Col.) Mullen

Running Back

Marc Tyler, 6-0, 205, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian*
Raymond Carter, 6-0, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw*
Brandon Johnson, 5-11, 190, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez*
Ryan McCants, 6-2, 235, Corona (Calif.) Santiago*
Charles Neal, 6-0, 180, Anaheim (Calif.) Esperanza
Omar Bolden, 5-10, 185, Ontario (Calif.) Colony
Shane Vereen, 5-10, 170, Valencia (Calif.) High
Malachi Lewis, 6-3, 210, Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa
Willie Griffin, 5-10, 185, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds
Deveon Blaylock, 5-11, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Lincoln
Aaron Harris 5-10, 180, Baldwin Park (Calif.) High
Jahvid Best, 5-9, 180, Fremont (Calif.) Salesian
James Davis, 5-9, 175, Hacienda Heights (Calif.) Los Altos

Wide Receiver

Marques Simas 6-2, 195, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa*
Willie Chandler, 5-11, 170, Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham*
Zion Babb, 6-2, 190, Alhambra (Calif.) High*
Chris Mathews, 6-3, 175, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey*
Maxwell Lacy, 6-2, 180, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral*
Vincent Brown, 5-11, 160, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High*
Anthony Boyles, 6-1, 170, Gardena (Calif.) Serra*
Austin Pettis, 6-2, 175, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran*
Mike Stanton, 6-4, 205, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Travionte Session, 6-3, 170, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Bryshawn Nellum, 6-0, 175, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Dale Quals, 6-3, 180, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Tony Minnifield, 6-1, 185, Spring Valley (Calif.) Steele Canyon
Jeshua Anderson, 6-1, 180, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Chris Brown, 6-2, 170, Long Beach (Calif.) Millikan
Mike Gillette, 6-2, 185, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Sean Wiser, 6-1, 185, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Ryan Maxwell, 6-9, 170, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
Brandon Thigpen, 6-3, 180, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Vista Del Lago
Kerry Taylor, 5-11, 175, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Carter Todd, 6-3, 180, Merced (Callif.) High

Tight End

Nate Chandler, 6-6, 225, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa*
Da'John Harris, 6-4, 250, Gardena (Calif.) Serra*
Devin Mahina, 6-5, 250, Upland (Calif.) High*
Eron Moses, 6-4, 230, Anaheim (Calif.) Esperanza
Steve Watson, 6-4, 240, Denver (Col.) Mullen

Offensive Line

Martin Coleman, 6-5, 265, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison*
Po'u Palelei, 6-3, 314, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman*
Sam DeMartinis, 6-5, 260, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame*
Darrion Weems, 6-5, 270, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Kyle Plouhar, 6-6, 290, Salem (Ore.) Sprague
Charlie Carmichael, 6-4, 270, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Mitchell Schwartz, 6-5, 275, Pacific Palisades (Calif.) Palisades
Brandon Kim, 6-4, 250, Beverly Hills (Calif.) High
Devin Brown, 6-4, 250, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Emilio Rivera, 6-4, 260, Sylmar (Calif.) High
Dylan Gross, 6-5, 285, Morro Bay (Calif.) High
Justin Cheadle, 6-5, 255, Bakersfield (Calif.) High
John Nisby, 6-3, 270, Stocton (Calif.) St. Mary's
Freddie Coney, 6-3, 250, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Cory Yriarte, 6-2, 285, Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete
Christian Browne-Frazier, 6-3, 290, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei

Defensive Line

Akeem Ayers, 6-3, 230, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei*
Patrick Hill, 6-5, 295, Compton (Calif.) High*
Mackey Mailo, 6-1, 265, Carson (Calif.) High*
Bryan Price, 6-2, 280, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw*
Kenny Rowe, 6-3, 220, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly*
Duke Lemmens, 6-5, 235, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian*
Everson Griffen, 6-4, 260, Avondale (Ariz.) Aqua Fria
Alex Probasco, 6-4, 240, Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa
Domonic Glover, 6-3, 230, Mission Viejo (Calif.) High
Brian Lambert, 6-0, 280, Tustin (Calif.) High
Tonio Celotto, 6-4, 235, Simi Valley (Calif.) Royal
Tyrone Duncan, 6-3, 295, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Christian Tupou, 6-2, 260, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Myles Wade, 6-2, 290, Portland (Ore.) Benson Tech
Fred Koloto, 6-4, 265, Palo Alto (Calif.) High
Sione Fifita, 6-1, 265, Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham
Mike Ebbitt, 6-4, 235, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Ricky Maefau, 6-3, 295, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Valley View
Eli Maefau, 6-4, 340, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Valley View

Linebacker

D.J. Holt, 6-1, 230, Encino (Calif.) Crespi*
Chris Carter, 6-2, 205, Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser*
Malcolm Smith, 6-2, 215, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft*
Robert Mullins, 6-1, 210, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey*
Deon Edwards, 6-3, 220, Palmdale (Calif.) High*
Joseph Easter, 6-1, 235, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Terrance Pritchett, 6-3, 200, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
David Batts, 6-1, 195, Lynwood (Calif.) High
Bilal Muhammad, 5-10, 215, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Casey Matthews, 6-0, 200, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Masi Tuitama, 6-2, 200, Oxnard (Calif.) Pacifica

Defensive Back

Courtney Viney, 5-8, 160, Fresno (Calif.) Edison*
Donovan Warren, 6-0, 185, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly*
Marshall Jones, 6-1, 190, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian*
Deandre Green, 6-3, 190, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne*
Lance Mitchell, 6-2, 180, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir*
Shane Horton, 6-2, 195,  Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Dominique Vinson, 5-11, 170, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison
Ayinde Vaughn, 5-10, 195, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral
Michael Johnson, 5-11, 175, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak
Marvin Walker, 6-2, 180, Chino (Calif.) High
Anthony Wright, 6-1, 185, Compton (Calif.) High
Brandon Jackson, 5-9, 170, Torrance (Calif.) West Torrance
Steven Stepter, 5-10, 185, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
Eugene Palmer, 5-9, 170, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch
Terrance Dennis, 5-10, 170, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch
Antwoine Baker, 6-0, 175, Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan
Larry Parker, 5-11, 165, San Diego (Callif.) St. Augustine
Michael Williams, 5-10, 185, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Bryce Bailey, 6-3, 180, Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic
Aubrey Smith, 6-2, 185, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Hunter White, 5-10, 170, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison
Lonnie Wishom, 5-11, 180, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle


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