Top UCLA Football Prospects for 2008

UCLA will have a bunch of scholarships to give for 2008, so here's an early look at most of the best junior football prospects in California, and some out-of-state prospects that have shown an early interest in UCLA. The running backs are loaded, with Darrell Scott, Milton Knox, and Ryan Bass...

With September 1st the first day that coaches can offer juniors in the class of 2008, it's never too soon to get a look at some of the top underclassmen. Here is a very early look at some of the top juniors in California, as well as a couple out of state prospects who are showing an early interest in UCLA. Also included are a few sophomores in the class of 2009 to keep an eye on.

QUARTERBACKS

Johnson is one of the top players in the City Section in this class, with Crist potentially the best in the Southern Section. McCallister and MacGillivray are the top NorCal signal-callers with Davis one of the best in Central California.

Exavier Johnson, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Dayne Crist, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Drew McCallister, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista
Jerry Davis, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Ryan Katz, Santa Monica (Calif.)
Darius Banks, Culver City (Calif.)
Graham Wilbert, Valencia (Calif.)
Mike MacGillivray, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Matt Scott, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Dominique Blackman, Carson (Calif.)

RUNNING BACKS

For the second straight year, the running back crop in California is going to be ridiculously deep. Scott, Bass, Howell and Polk lead a strong contingent from the Southern Section while Knox and Franklin are top prospects from the City. Scott might end up the #1 running back in the country for 2008, while Knox and Bass are probably top 10. Williams could be the best player regardless of position in Northern California. Tate and Martin are Central California standouts. Womble is the top running back prospect from Arizona

Darrell Scott, Moorpark (Calif.)
Milton Knox, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham
Ryan Bass, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Delano Howell, Newhall (Calif.) Hart
Johnathan Franklin, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Marcellius Williams, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Wes Fletcher, Placentia (Calif.) Valencia
Chris Polk, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley
Jamal Womble, Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Buena
Tiuke Tuipulotu, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra
Donald Green, Compton (Calif.)
John Tate, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
DeShawn Grayson, Rancho Verde (Calif.) Moreno Valley

RECEIVERS & TIGHT ENDS

Shoemate has already committed to USC while Bateman is a heavy UCLA lean. Holt is arguably the top tight end in the West and one of the top in the nation. Walker is the son of UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker. Mack, the younger brother of current UCLA freshman Christian Ramirez, gives the San Diego Section a shot in the arm.

D.J. Shoemate, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Kemonte Bateman, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
Austin Holt, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham (TE)
Warren Reuland, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
Clint Floyd, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
Chris Potter, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Maurice Mack, Imperial (Calif.)
Nelson Rosario, Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino
Kevan Walker, Arcadia (Calif.)
Raphael Washington, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Gerome Surrell, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's
Blake Ayles, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran (TE)
Aaron Hester, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Quesean Gregory, Venice (Calif.)
Jarrett Sparks, Merced (Calif.)

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Dotsy may be the best in the state in the class of 2008. Kalil and Holmes lead a strong contingent and are likely the best in the O.C., while Norco continues their run on lineman with Johnson. Campbell and Noble are City Section standouts. Smith was the L.A. Nike Camp MVP as a sophomore.

Vaughn Dotsy, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Tyron Smith, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Matt Kalil, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Khaled Holmes, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
A.J. Wallerstein, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon
Craig Noble, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Larry Thompson, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Lavon McCoy, Los Angeles (Calif.) Washington
Daniel Bernard, Colton (Calif.)
Courtney Campbell, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Matt Meyer, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Jeff Baca, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
Uaita Emosi, Norwalk (Calif.)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Jarrett is a physical specimen who did well at the Scout Combine and has been a starter since he was a freshman. Horton is the younger brother of Notre Dame senior safety, Shane Horton, and a UCLA legacy. Williams is a NorCal standout.

Jamaar Jarrett, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills
Wes Horton, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Jemarcus Williams, Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis
Ryan Medina, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Jurrell Casey, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Greg Grimes, Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum
Jordan Bouey, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Sammy Cervantes, Imperial (Calif.)
Daryl Johnson, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

LINEBACKERS

Simmons may project better to safety in college but is a stud at the backer position. Amack and Panapa both come from schools known for their defensive players.

Maurice Simmons, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Brady Amack, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Ryan Panapa, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Dewitt Stuckey, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Rob Andrews, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Wally So'oto, Carlsbad (Calif.)
Reuben Willis, Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair
Jarrell Holland, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Chase Pinesett, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Patrick Larimore, Newhall (Calif.) Hart

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Moore is one of the best in SoCal and is rumored to be a strong UCLA lean. Leslie continues the tradition of star defensive backs at Edison. Brown and Turner are two out-of-state standouts.

Rahim Moore, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Brandon Leslie, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Corbin Brown, Las Vegas (Nev.) Spring Valley
Robert Golden, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
E.J. Woods, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Brandon Turner, Kent (Wash.) Kentridge
Louis Bland, Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic
Graylon Sanders, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Antwon Moutra, Culver City (Calif.)
L.D. Jones, Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep
Amir Owens, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir
Mike Lee, San Leandro (Calif.)
Vince Van Horne, Bakersfield (Calif.)

SOPHOMORES

Simmons and Forcier could end up the best prospects from their respective families, while Golper and Graf both have had older brothers play D-I football as well. Barkley is yet another Monarchs quarterback with a chance to shine at the next level

Marquis Simmons, LB, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Tate Forcier, QB, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch
Kevin Graf, OL, Agoura (Calif.)
Todd Golper, LB, Arcadia (Calif.)
Matt Barkley, QB, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Kenny Cooper, Merced (Calif.)
Alex Mascarenas, Mission Viejo (Calif.)


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