Recruiting Update: Offense

With few scholarships to give and seven commitments, UCLA is picky with its scholarship offers, especially on offense. The Bruins are still aggressively pursuing wide receivers, a tight end, and looking for that elite offensive lineman...

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 early part of fall. A scholarship could become available if sophomore Robert Kibble has to retire from football, but on the other hand, they could lose one if Joe Cowan has to redshirt the 2006 season. 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 seven commitments, three on offense and four on defense, meaning their class is close to wrapped up.

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 has spent more of its offers, and subsequently, their focus, on the defensive side of the ball, as this list and the defensive list will attest.


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, 175, 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, is very mobile and UCLA had been on him for a while. Forcier might be the most athletic quarterback UCLA has recruited in years, running a 4.4 forty and a 3.97 shuttle at the Combine. Forcier is off to a strong start in 2006, and in his most recent game, he threw for 370 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.Offered


UCLA will gladly 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 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. Carter has gotten off to a good start as well, despite most defenses being designed to stop him. He has scored in each game that the Cougars have played and had 126 yards on 11 carries and three scores last Friday against Roosevelt.Offered

Ryan McCants, 6-2, 230, Corona (Calif.) Santiago McCants has gone from being a linebacker recruit to a running back possibility thanks to a brilliant performance against Servite with UCLA coaches in attendance on the opening weekend. McCants hasn't been offered by UCLA or USC, two schools that he has held in high esteem throughout his recruitment, but they remain in the mix along with several other schools who have offered him. His versatility could enhance his recruitment, since he could end up at fullback or linebacker in college.

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 had verbally offered him in the spring. Georgia, Tennessee, USC, Michigan and Cal are some of his other top schools.

Other Running Backs Of Note:

Jahvid Best, 5-10, 185, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian.
Brandon Johnson, 5-11, 195, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez


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. And they have a leg up on one of the top receivers in the class of 2008, Kemonte Bateman. Still there are some impact guys in this group.

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. UCLA offered Davis following the season opener and they will likely get an official visit from him. He is planning to visit Oregon, Colorado and Washington. Cal and Michigan also have offered and are in the mix. Offered

Reggie Dunn, 5-9, 175, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei. Dunn is reminiscent of a receiver UCLA signed in February, Terrence Austin. Dunn can flat fly and has great hands. Though small, he's quick off the line and runs excellent routes, much like Austin. 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. He is also a possible greyshirt candidate. Dunn has been playing some quarterback this fall and DeWayne Walker has also told him to think about cornerback.

Bryshon Nellum, 6-0, 175, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Nellum probably completes the trifecta with Dunn and Jahvid 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, could be a factor in Poly's offensive scheme. He started late with football because of track, but he has the chance to be a solid prospect. UCLA has been recruiting him actively.

Other Receivers Of Note:

Anthony Boyles, 6-3, 185, Gardena (Calif.) Serra.
Markques Simas, 6-2, 200, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa.
Russell Carr, 6-3, 192, Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo
Austin Pettis, 6-3, 180, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran


UCLA got a commitment from the best tight end in the state, and has offered another, 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 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 from fellow San Diego resident Chris Forcier, the Bruins quarterback commitment. 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, and he looked outstanding in every camp he attended last spring and summer, and became 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. Mahina could also end up on the defensive side of the ball. Offered

Mikhail Marinovich, 6-5.5, 225, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) Junipero Serra. UCLA had Marinovich on campus for their 1-Day camp in June 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. Marinovich received a fifth year of eligibility from the CIF-Southern Section offices, which is helping with his recruitment, and he is playing well on both sides of the ball, making a bigger impact at defensive end. Marinovich, though, is a fifth-year senior, having some issues with eligibility early on in his high school, and that has put a bit of a wrench into his recruitment.


At no place did UCLA stock up more than on the offensive lineman in 2006, that's why they will probably bring in one offensive lineman, at the most, in the class of 2007. They signed tackles, guards and centers in the 2006, which gives them some flexibility from this list. 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. He will visit USC Thanksgiving weekend. Tennessee has received a visit from O'Dowd and he is scheduled to trip to Miami and Ohio State. Penn State and UCLA will fight for his fifth one as he is likely going to visit hometown Arizona unofficially.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. Because of the glut of offensive lineman they 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 mix. However, the long delay has given Arizona State and Cal the clear advantage. Arizona, Oregon and San Diego State (where his brother Tony plays) are also staying afloat in the race.

Other Lineman Of Note:

Mike Harris, 6-6, 300, Duarte (Calif.)

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