The Three Most Key Recruits

For various reasons, there are three recruits remaining on UCLA's board that would be critical gets for the Bruins in this recruiting season -- Colorado wide receiver Drew Davis, Long Beach Poly cornerback Donovan Warren and Woodland Hills Taft linebacker Malcolm Smith...

UCLA probably has 2 or 3 scholarships remaining to give. Coming offf the biggest win in Head Coach Karl Dorrell's time at UCLA, it'd really keep the momentum going to bring in some impact recruits with those remaining scholarships.

Here are the three biggest recruits left on UCLA's board for the 2007 recruiting class. This isn't saying that the other recruits UCLA is recruiting aren't significant, but just these three, for specific reasons, would be huge gets.

Drew Davis, WR, 6-1, 206, Denver (Col.) Montbello. #33-ranked receiver in nation.

If there is one aspect where Karl Dorrell has done the worst over his tenure its wide receiver recruiting. Heck, he's a former receiver and NFL receiver coach, and he had Ben Olson to sell to potential receiver recruits. Dorrell just hasn't brought in a truly elite WR, one that, as a freshman, could step in and make an impact. It was one of the most critical elements that really limited the offense this season, not having enough big-play talent at WR to keep the offense moving. Dorrell has either gotten bigger, slowish-types of receivers or fast but small types. After next season, UCLA's receivers will be Gavin Ketchum, Jamil Turner, Ryan Graves, Terrence Austin, Dominique Johnson and Jeremy McGee, so it is key that he bring in a impact receiver in this class. Davis, who has good size and speed, and is considered possibly the best receiver in the west this year, could really bolster this group. He visited UCLA officially during USC weekend, and while it was believed Cal was leading for him, the word this week is that he'll announce for UCLA this morning (he's scheduled to announce at 8:00 a.m. PST). It would also be big getting Davis since UCLA would be beating out Cal for a recruit, something that hasn't happened recently. And, it would be a recruiting divident you could probably predominantly attribute to UCLA's win over USC.

Donovan Warren, CB, 6-1, 180, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. #4-ranked CB in nation.

He's an elite cornerback, and they are very rare commodities. In DeWayne Walker's defense, strong cornerbacks are the key. It would give UCLA an elite cornerback pair for the future in Alterraun Verner and Warren. UCLA has a chance with Warren, but is probably trailing USC. Walker has worked some magic with UCLA's defense, we'll see if he can do it in recruiting. Getting Warren would be another that was bolstered by the win over USC.

Malcolm Smith, LB, 6-2, 215, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. #5-ranked WLB in nation.

If there's been a second position that Dorrell hasn't recruited particularly well it'd have to be linebacker. Really, he's brought in just one clear impact linebacker in three recruiting classes -- Reggie Carter. You have to give him credit for evaluating Carter but, on the other hand, Carter wasn't a highly-ranked recruit that Dorrell had to beat out other big programs to get. Smith is the guy UCLA hasn't gotten in Dorrell's three years -- the freak athlete, being 6-2, 215 and running a 4.4 40. It would be the recruiting coup of Dorrell's coaching career, to take such a freak athlete who is the younger brother of a Trojan away from USC. The word is that UCLA is doing well with Smith, but no one really is ready to predict that he'll buck USC and go to UCLA.

If Dorrell can get two of these three, or even if he could just get Smith, it would be probably the biggest recruiting accomplishment of his UCLA coaching career.


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