Evaluations of UCLA Commits

UCLA's ex-Director of Football Operations, Randy Taylor, now is the best scout of high school football talent in the state of California, and he gives us a rundown on the six players from the state that have already verbally committed to UCLA...

STEVE SLOAN - LB 6-2/220 Archbishop Mitty HS

He's raw, but is a big, strong athlete that can run. He's somewhere between the Ball brothers and Spencer Havner. He accelerates through the ball carrier. I like his last 6 inches before he strikes the runner, where he explodes into the tackle. He runs well, is pretty light on his feet, and is a possible prototype "sam" 'backer, playing over the TE, or he puts his hand on the ground and plays DE. He's physical and tough. I'd say he's a redshirt guy that could be a 2-3 year starter. A definite sleeper.

NATE CHANDLER - TE 6-4.5/235 Mira Mesa HS

An athlete, plays basketball, catches the ball well enough, can block, plays with a good base, rolls his hips and has good feet. He has a pretty good pad level, a good frame and will put good weight on to handle blocking at the next level. He'll get bigger, stronger and faster. Is the most complete TE in the state this year that I've seen so far and will be a good college football player.


Obviously he runs really well, good athlete, can spin it, has an okay arm, but very dangerous as he can beat you with his feet and arm. He can put a great deal of pressure on a defense. Gets rid of the ball quickly, is productive and competes (a great combination for a QB). He is still skinny and will be well served by a good weight program. He should have a bright future.


A good-looking kid with long arms, a smooth, athletic kid, runs downhill, good quickness, instinctive, uses a good stiff arm, has vision. Would like to see more burst, but very good potential, will get bigger, stronger and faster. The upside here is very good.


Has quickness and explosion, gets good penetration and can play in the backfield, physical, will hit you, can redirect, good motor, still developing and could be special. He is a top DL prospect in state. Could play early.


Very good feet and hips, quick, coached well, can transition to turn and run easily, uses hands well, fundamentally sound, a very good cover corner. He is the purest corner in the state. Size has been his weakness, but he's got room to grow and has a very good upside. Playing at Edison has prepared him for the next level, just the competition in practice is challenging enough.

Overall the class so far is very good. In the final team recruiting rankings for 2007, If UCLA doesn't get too penalized due to the small size of the class, it could be a top 10 to 15 or better national class. These aren't depth guys, they should all have an impact.

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