Football Recruiting: Offense

With a very limited number of scholarships to give, UCLA has been picky with its offers, and has gotten early commitments from three elite, key offensive prospects. Here's how the recruiting on the offensive side is shaking out for 2007...

The football recruiting class of 2007 is poised to be one of the smallest classes in some time for UCLA, with only nine scholarships to give as of the beginning of the spring evaluation period. There are always rumors and discussion about potentially more scholarships becoming available, and some always do tend to open up by signing day in February.

However, with the new APR, should too many scholarships open up, it could penalize the program, specifically when it comes to scholarships. So it's likely that they will end up in the 10-11 scholarship range.

To date, UCLA has five commitments, three on offense and two on defense, meaning their class is about half complete.

In this review, we'll try to lay out exactly which players have been offered, who could be offered, and what are UCLA's priorities at each position.

This isn't going to be a comprehensive list of everyone UCLA has shown interest in, but a list that concentrates on those players UCLA has offered and those that could possibly receive an offer.


UCLA is almost certainly done with their quarterback recruiting, getting a commitment from amongst the four quarterbacks they offered, the others being Jimmy Clausen, Aaron Corp and Peter Lalich.

Chris Forcier, 6-3, 175, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine. COMMITTED. Clausen gets all of the national publicity, but Forcier is probably no worse than the number two quarterback in the state. He has a strong arm, is mobile and UCLA has been on him for a while. Of their two serious quarterback candidates, he and Corp, it was a matter of who committed first, and Forcier took the Bruins offer, giving them one of their best, early quarterback commitments in some time.Offered

Aaron Corp, 6-4, 185, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran. This being quarterback recruiting, you can never be too sure in the endless shuffle of commitments. Corp was the only other quarterback that UCLA was seriously pursuing, and he may wait to commit. If something were to happen with Forcier's commitment (i.e, he de-committed), Corp could be the guy. Offered

Other Quarterbacks Of Note:

Ronnie Fouch, 6-2, 185, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley
David Potts, 6-4, 180, Monrovia (Calif.)
Ronnie Goforth, 6-0 ½, 170, Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair

RUNNING BACKS: UCLA could very well take two running backs in this class, having a commitment from one of the elite running backs in the region, but also pursuing one of the top running backs nationally as well. Still, if they only end up with one running back, the one they have is pretty talented.

Raymond Carter, 6-0, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw. COMMITTED. Carter made no bones about his desire to become a Bruin and he was the first running back that they offered. He committed a few days after his teammate, d-tackle Brian Price, did and is probably the Bruins' top running back commit since Maurice DrewOffered

Marc Tyler, 6-0, 215, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. Tyler has long said that USC and Notre Dame were his top two schools. UCLA made a run early on and was getting serious consideration, but with Tyler's teammate Clausen committing to the Irish, Notre Dame seems to be the team to beat. UCLA will keep recruiting him, but will only survive if he chooses elsewhere. Offered

Aaron Harris, 5-10, 180, Baldwin Park (Calif.). Harris could be a nice second option at running back for the Bruins if they don't get Tyler and choose to take a second running back. He has been productive in his career, and also plays defensive back, which gave him an existing relationship with new UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker. He does, however, have some work to do academically.

Other Running Backs Of Note:

James Davis, 5-9, 172, Monrovia (Calif.)
Ryan McCants, 6-2, 230, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
Anthony Wright, 6-0, 190, Compton (Calif.)
John DiLuigi, 5-9, 175, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon
Brandon Jackson, 5-11, 195, Eugene (Ore.) Marist

RECEIVERS: As deep as the receiver class in California is, it's not quite as talented as last year, when UCLA signed one of the best in Terrence Austin and also brought in Dominique Johnson. Still, there are some impact guys in this group. UCLA could take one or two, depending on who the recruits are.

Markques Simas, 6-2, 200, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa. Simas is likely the top receiver in the state. His teammate, tight end Nate Chandler, has committed to the Bruins already, and Simas has said it will come down to USC and UCLA. The question for him will be his academics. If he does the work, UCLA will likely offer, and with Chandler and Forcier already on board, Simas could be next.

Anthony Boyles, 6-3, 185, Gardena (Calif.) Serra. Boyles has long been enamored with UCLA, and while he has offers from other schools, the Bruins have consistently maintained a spot in his top two. He was invited to UCLA's Junior Day, though he missed it with an illness, but he's still holding the Bruins in high esteem.

Drew Davis, 6-2, 210, Denver (Colo.) Montbello. The top receiver in Colorado, Davis is a physical freak, looking every bit the part. At the L.A. Nike Camp, he was probably the top receiver there, catching just about everything and showing good speed and explosiveness. Has said he likes UCLA and USC and is looking to get out of Colorado.

Carter Todd, 6-3, 180, Merced (Calif.) Crespi. Todd is one of the best receivers in the state, and probably the best in Central/Northern California. He surprisingly doesn't have any offers, but is getting interest from Pac-10 schools, with UCLA the most recent to show interest in him. He's also a good student.

Brandon Thigpen, 6-4, 200, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde. Thigpen was at UCLA's Junior Day, but he is a heavy lean to Nebraska right now, his lone offer. Has great size and athleticism and many schools, including UCLA, like him as a safety.

Russell Carr, 6-3, 192, Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo. After Davis, Carr was the other top receiver at the Nike Camp, showing nice hands and separation. He will likely see the offers come in after the evaluation period, and Carr likes the Bruins along with USC and Fresno State.

Joey Redding, 6-4, 190, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Redding was at UCLA's Junior Day, and he has said that UCLA the school he's hoping will offer him, while Arizona is hot on his trail. Despite only having two catches in his high school career (because he sat behind a pair of Pac-10-bound seniors last season at Poly), Redding has good size and great upside which is why colleges are intrigued by his prospects. You'd have to think he'll have a break-out year in 2006. He's waiting for an SAT score to see if UCLA will offer.

Other Receivers Of Note:

Mike Stanton, 6-4, 205, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Austin Pettis, 6-3, 180, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Zion Babb, 6-2, 180, Alhambra (Calif.)
Vincent Brown, 6-0, 170, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)

TIGHT ENDS: UCLA got a commitment from who many consider the best tight end prospect in the state, and will likely limit their TE recruiting to just him with the class of 2007. UCLA played two freshmen tight ends a year ago, but redshirted another, allowing them to stagger their classes.

Nate Chandler, 6-6, 225, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa. COMMITTED. Chandler is probably the best tight end prospect UCLA has recruited since Marcedes Lewis, who left as the Mackey Award winner in 2005. Chandler said that UCLA's inclusion of the tight end in the offense was a big part of his decision, as was the commitment to UCLA from fellow San Diego resident Chris Forcier. Chandler said he would be recruiting teammate Markques Simas to follow him to Westwood.Offered

Devin Mahina, 6-6, 225, Upland (Calif.). Mahina played behind Oregon State-bound John Reese last year, while excelling at defensive end. He wants to play tight end in college, but still looks raw in his pass catching, and may end up projecting on the defensive side of the ball in college. He was at UCLA's Junior Day.

Eric Brooks, 6-2, 240, Valencia (Calif.). Brooks is one of a handful of prospects from Monrovia and looks like a potential defensive tackle, but he is adamant about playing tight end in college. Has one offer to date, from Colorado State, but could see more following the evaluation period.

Other Tight Ends Of Note:

Trent Brown, 6-4, 210, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco


Nowhere did UCLA stock up more than on the offensive line with the class of 2006, and that's why they will probably bring in a very limited number of OLs in 2007, possibly just one or two, in the class of 2007. They signed all kinds in 2006, tackles, guards and centers, which gives them some flexibility from this list.

Sam DeMartinis, 6-6, 270, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame. Might be the top offensive lineman in the state in 2007 (Martin Coleman being the main competition), and DeMartinis has plenty of offers to show for it, except from UCLA. He is reportedly the top offensive lineman on UCLA's board, but because of the number of OLs UCLA signed, they're holding off in offering. His father, Jack, played for Dick Vermeil at UCLA on the 1975 Rose Bowl team, so he has family ties. Despite no offer from UCLA, he has maintained them in his favorites and he was at Junior Day.

Charlie Carmichael, 6-5, 295, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame. The bookend to DeMartinis at tackle for Notre Dame, Carmichael is still learning the game after playing basketball for the majority of his youth, but you wouldn't be able to tell based on his production and the offers he's received. Carmichael was at UCLA's Junior Day, but he hasn't received an offer yet. He could play either guard or tackle.

Adam Tello, 6-4, 290, Norco (Calif.). Tello was a big reason for the success of Toby Gerhart, the state's all-time leading rusher, at Norco. Tello has a massive frame, and can move, and he will likely play guard in college. Has listed UCLA among his favorites.

John Nisby, 6-3, 270, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's. Nisby is a strong, athletic lineman who will be a guard or center in college. He has no offers to date, but that could change following the many camps and combines he plans to hit this spring. Nisby needs to shore up his academics for a UCLA offer, and the Bruins are in his top five.

Mike Harris, 6-6, 300, Duarte (Calif.). Harris has nice size, and has played basketball, so he's a decent athlete. He projects to tackle in college and physically looks real good. He attended UCLA's Junior Day, and has one offer, from Ole Miss.

Justin Cheadle, 6-5, 240, Bakersfield (Calif.). Cheadle is a heavy USC lean, having several family members that have played there, and if the Trojans offered, he'd likely commit and end his recruitment. But UCLA is keeping him on the radar.

Other Linemen Of Note:

Devan Cunningham, 6-6, 305, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Cory Yriarte, 6-2, 285, Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete
Herb Thompson, 6-5, 280, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak
Patrick Thompson, 6-5, 260, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak
Garth Gerhart, 6-2, 304, Norco (Calif.) Poly
Blake Behrens, 6-4, 280, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep

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