FB Recruiting Re-Set: Offense

UCLA scholarships are scarce for the 2007 high school football class, so UCLA is being particularly selective about which elite prospects get scholarship offers. After hearing many rumors about offers, here's the definitive list, plus a complete rundown on UCLA's offensive prospects...

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 middle of summer. 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 10-12 scholarship range.

To date, UCLA has six commitments, three on offense and three on defense, meaning their class is about two-thirds 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. While you might hear that UCLA offered some player, this is really the true list of players UCLA has offered to date.

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.

Click on any of the links attached to the players' names and you'll go to their profiles, which include archives of every story written about them in the Scout.com network, photo galleries and video highlight reels.

QUARTERBACKS:

UCLA is done with their quarterback recruiting, getting a commitment from one of the four quarterbacks they offered, the others being Jimmy Clausen, Aaron Corp and Peter Lalich. Chris Forcier, 6-3, 180, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine. COMMITTED. Forcier had a strong spring, never shying away from competing and going to a host of camps and combines. He is probably no worse than the number three quarterback in the state. He's got a strong arm, can move and UCLA had been on him for a while. Of their two serious quarterback candidates, he and Aaron 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. Forcier might be the most athletic quarterback UCLA has recruited in years, running a 4.4 forty and a 3.97 shuttle at the Scout.com Combine. His athleticism is freakish for a quarterback, and rates as the best of any quarterback prospect in the many years, not just on the west coast, but nationally. He'll have to get bigger and improve his arm strength, but the prospect of his athleticism could potentially broaden UCLA's offense tremendously. Offered

RUNNING BACKS:

UCLA could take two running backs in this class, only because they missed on their running back targets in the previous class. They currently have a commitment from one of the elite running backs in the region, but are 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 Brian Price did and is probably the Bruins top running back commit since Maurice Drew. Carter looked outstanding at the Scout Combine in May and the B2G Elite Football Program and when you look at him, you can see he still has room to grow physically. Offered

Malachi Lewis, 6-4, 215, Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa. Lewis is one of the best pure athletes in the state and it is a good bet that he may not end up in the backfield in college. Lewis, with his rangy body, could be a receiver, linebacker or safety. He said he would be open to any position, but for his senior year, he'll stick to running back. UCLA has verbally offered him. USC, Michigan and Cal are some of his other top schools.

Jahvid Best, 5-10, 185, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian. Could be one of the two fastest players in the state. Being one of the most difficult recruits to talk to, not many reporters have, and he reportedly has a handful of Pac-10 offers and schools are willing to let him do both football and track. UCLA has been keeping a close eye on him and may offer him. USC, California and Arizona already have.

Other Running Backs Of Note:

Aaron Harris, 5-10, 180, Baldwin Park (Calif.).
Ryan McCants, 6-2, 230, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
Brandon Johnson, 5-11, 195, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez

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. The Bruins could take up to two receivers.

Arrelious Benn, 6-2, 205, Washington (D.C.) Dunbar. The best receiver in the nation, Benn took an unofficial trip to Los Angeles to visit USC and UCLA and left impressed with the UCLA campus. Benn is a longshot, at best, with Notre Dame, Maryland, Florida State, Illinois and USC his reported leaders. Offered

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 had consistently maintained a spot in his top two. Washington, though, seems to be the team to beat at this point and it wouldn't be a surprise if he committed to the Huskies before summer ended.

Reggie Dunn, 5-10, 175, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei. If Best is one of the fastest, he's got company in Dunn. Dunn, physically, is reminiscent of UCLA-signee Terrence Austin. And Dunn can flat fly and has great hands. Though small, he's quick off the line and runs excellent routes. Dunn has work to do in the classroom, but if he gets it done, UCLA will offer him and are very much a candidate for his services.

Markques Simas, 6-2, 200, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa. Simas is likely the top receiver in the state. His teammate has committed to the Bruins already, and Simas had California, USC and UCLA in his top three. The question for him will be his academics.

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 has one offer, from Nevada, and Fresno State could be next. A host of Pac-10 schools have been watching him, including UCLA, but it could be the fall before he starts picking up more offers. Todd has excellent hands and good body control, though he doesn't have that elite speed some want in a receiver.

Zion Babb, 6-2, 180, Alhambra (Calif.). Babb looked very good at the B2G Elite Football Program, showing good size and a burst off the line of scrimmage. He has offers to play in the secondary from some schools, while others like him as a receiver. He has said that USC, Cal and UCLA are his top three, and the Trojans would seemingly have the edge, with his father Lance being a former track star there. But none of the three have offered. Babb is doing some work on his academics but has a chance.

Bryshon Nellum, 6-0, 175, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Nellum probably completes the trifecta with Dunn and Best of the fastest football players in the state. He is an elite runner and this fall, with Austin and Travon Patterson gone to college, will probably be the Jackrabbits go-to receiver, enabling him to keep the tradition of Poly receivers going D-1. UCLA has been recruiting him actively.

Other Receivers Of Note:

Terrence Toliver, 6-5, 182, Hempstead (Tex.)
Brandon Thigpen, 6-4, 200, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Russell Carr, 6-3, 192, Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo
Chazz Vickers, 6-1, 175, Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit
Austin Pettis, 6-3, 180, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Vincent Brown, 6-0, 170, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)

TIGHT ENDS:

UCLA got a commitment from arguably the best tight end in the state, and have offered three more (though one of them, Christian Ballard from Kansas has committed to Kansas), so they may not be done with tight ends in this class.

Nate Chandler, 6-6, 225, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa. COMMITTED. Chandler is probably the most highly-acclaimed tight end prospect UCLA has recruited since Marcedes Lewis, who left UCLA 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 from fellow San Diego resident Chris Forcier, the Bruins quarterback commitment. 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 at Upland, while excelling at defensive end. He wants to play tight end in college, and after a rough go at first, has looked outstanding in every camp he's been to since, and has proven to be a very hot commodity. UCLA verbally offered Mahina and he has said he wants to take his LDS mission right after high school. If he did that, and signed with UCLA, they could get him back in the fall of 2009 and not have to count his scholarship in this class.

Mikhail Marinovich, 6-5.5, 225, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) Junipero Serra. UCLA had Marinovich on campus for their 1-Day camp last month and he looked very good. USC also had him at their camp and with his longstanding family history at USC, it would seem that the Trojans would have the best shot at him, provided they offer. Marinovich, though, enjoyed his time at UCLA and he is a workout partner of committed quarterback Chris Forcier.

Other Tight Ends Of Note:

Lars Anderson, 6-4, 230, Winter Springs (Fla.)

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN:

At no place did UCLA stock up more than on the offensive line with the 2006 class, that's why they will probably bring in just one offensive lineman in the class of 2007. They signed tackles, guards and centers in the 2006, but still feel they need tackles, and are searching for an elite one. They have only offered one offensive lineman in this class.

Kristofer O'Dowd, 6-4, 304, Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe. O'Dowd is the lone offensive lineman that UCLA has offered. Though he has said he is wide open, USC appears to be his leader and there are rumors that he is a silent commit to the Trojans. Still, UCLA will remain active in pursuing him as will hometown Arizona. Even though he's not a tackle, he's so good UCLA offered him. Offered

Sam DeMartinis, 6-6, 270, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame. One of the top offensive linemen in the state, DeMartinis has plenty of offers to show for it, except from UCLA. In another year he might have a UCLA offer, but because of the glut of offensive linemen signed in the 2006 class, he hasn't been offered. 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 among his favorites and he was at Junior Day.

Wade Bowen, 6-6, 260, Palmer (Alaska) Colony. Bowen came down to UCLA for its Junior Day. He has an offer from Hawaii but he's looking for schools on the mainland to offer him. Has good size and reportedly can move very well.

Other Lineman Of Note:

Devan Cunningham, 6-6, 305, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Mike Harris, 6-6, 300, Duarte (Calif.).
John Nisby, 6-3, 270, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's.
Mitchell Schwartz, 6-5.5, 300, Palisades (Calif.)


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