UCLA Prospects for 2008: Offense

The 2007 class just signed their National Letters of Intent, so the 2008 class is now on the clock. Here's an early look at some of the offensive players that have a chance to be UCLA prospects in the current high school junior class, including Darrell Scott, Milton Knox, and Kemonte Bateman...

With Signing Day for the class of 2007 over, the Class of 2008 is now on the clock.

UCLA has 23 scholarships to give to the class of 2008 and, with the way scholarships open up, could have the maximum of 25 by signing day 2008.

Brandon Huffman, Scout.com's California recruiting analyst, released his list of recruits to know in California for 2008, and we've enhanced that a bit to focus on potential UCLA targets in the entire west as well.

QUARTERBACKS

Jones is probably the headliner here at this point, but Crist and Blackman will probably emerge. Crissman and Griffin are two others that UCLA could get involved with seriously. The Bruins will probably bring in 1 quarterback for 2008, but they probably wouldn't turn down two elite prospects if they wanted to come.

Early Top Prospects:

Dayne Crist, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Dominique Blackman, Carson (Calif.)
Nick Crissman, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison
Ryan Griffin, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Darius Banks, Culver City (Calif.)
Landry Jones, Artesia (New Mexico) High

Others of Note:

Drew McAllister, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista
Jerry Davis, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Richard Ragland, Venice (Calif.)
Kevin Prince, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Graham Wilbert, Valencia (Calif.)
Exavier Johnson, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham
Ryan Katz, Santa Monica (Calif.)
Tyler Swaney, Fullerton (Calif.) Troy
Matt Scott, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Corey Trisby, San Diego (Calif.) Hoover
Mike MacGillivray, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle

RUNNING BACKS

It looks like a good year for running backs on the west coast in 2008, and that's good since UCLA will almost certainly take two tailbacks and a fullback. Darrell Scott could be the #1 running back prospect in the nation, and UCLA will have a big fight with all the top prospects in the country for him. Williams is the best from NorCal but is probably sewn up for Cal. Knox is L.A. City's finest, has been offered by UCLA and is a UCLA lean. Bass is one of the best in the west, and UCLA could probably get him fairly easily, but he could have academic limitations. Fletcher and Howell are Pac-10 level, as is Womble.

Early Top Prospects:

Darrell Scott, Moorpark (Calif.)
Marselius Williams, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Milton Knox, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham
Ryan Bass, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Delano Howell, Newhall (Calif.) Hart
Wes Fletcher, Placentia (Calif.) Valencia
Jamal Womble, Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Buena
Covaughn Deboskie, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Others of Note:

Andre Smith, Bakersfield (Calif.) East
Thaddeus Brown, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame.
Derrick Coleman, Fullerton (Calif.) Troy
Ray Polk, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep
Curtis Price, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
Ricky Pemasa, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Ramon Judkins, Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Ina Liaina, Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa
Jack Sula, Carson (Calif.)
John Tate, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Cedric Foster, Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North

RECEIVERS & TIGHT ENDS

UCLA will probably take three wide receivers, and really needs to score an elite, impact guy with the 2008 class. Bateman, who is thought to be a UCLA lean, could fill that bill. Polk is also very good. The Bruins will need a tight end also, and will be trying with Holt and Ayles, while Ayles is a USC lean.

Early Top Prospects:

Kemonte Bateman, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
Chris Polk, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley
Warren Reuland, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
Nelson Rosario, Oceanside (Calif.)
Kevan Walker, Arcadia (Calif.)
Jerry Johnson, Venice (Calif.)
Leighland Koonce, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine
Deon Jordan, Chandler (Ariz.) Chandler
Steven Christian, Sacramento (Calif.) Kennedy

Others of Note:

Aaron Hester, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Malcolm Murray, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Marvin Jones, Etiwanda (Calif.)
Que Sean Gregory, Venice (Calif.)
Martin Bayless, Chula Vista (Calif.) Castle Park
Clint Floyd, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
Gerome Surrell, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's

Tight Ends:

Top Early Prospects:

Austin Holt, Jordan (Utah) Bingham
Blake Ayles, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran

Others of Note:

Joseph Fauria, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Ryan Deehan, Poway (Calif.) High
Mychal Rivera, Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Taking only one OL in 2007, you can expect UCLA to want at least 3, if not 4, in the class of 2008. Meyer came to UCLA's junior day. Smith is a physical specimen and attended a couple of UCLA football games. Dotsy and Givens will probably also be clear UCLA targets.

Top Early Prospects:

Matt Meyer, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Tyron Smith, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Vaughn Dotsy, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Bryce Givens, Denver (Col.) Mullen
Khaled Holmes, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
A.J. Wallerstein, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon
Ryan Dannewitz, San Jacinto (Calif.)
Allen Carroll, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds
Max Tuioti-Mariner, Corona (Calif.)
Hamani Stevens, Hemet (Calif.)
Lavon McCoy, Los Angeles (Calif.) Washington

Others of Note:

Patrick Jamison, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Craig Noble, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Larry Thompson, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Matt Lipski, Ashland (Ore.) High
Eric Quinones, Lake Elsinore (Calif.) Temescal Canyon
Courtney Campbell, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Jeff Baca, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
Dominique Austin, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat
Andrew Simms, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Steven Tovar, Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan


Bruin Report Online Top Stories