FB Recruiting Reset: Offense

UCLA has already picked up five commitments on offense, one at quarterback, one at running back and three at receiver, but they're still looking to add another running back or two, a tight end and have plenty of room to add some offensive linemen...

After signing an unusually small class in February, UCLA is back with a normal size target of recruits to sign.

As of now, there are at least 23 scholarships to give, but they are recruiting and likely aiming to offer and sign a full slate of 25 recruits. To date, UCLA has 15 commitments, six on offense and nine on defense. There are some positions where they're most likely done recruiting at (receiver, the secondary) and others where they are still trying to fill significant spots (offensive line).

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.

QUARTERBACKS:

While UCLA may bring in two quarterbacks in the class of 2008, they already have a commitment from Crissman, who other than Landry Jones (who committed to Oklahoma), was the only other quarterback the Bruin staff offered. They may be content to call it a day with Crissman's commitment, and if so, they're in good shape, as he's one of the top three quarterbacks on the West Coast this year. Still, they could bring in a second, smaller but more athletic quarterback in this class. Scott, with some Pac-10 offers, will likely choose to be the main quarterback target, as will Griffin, Blackman and Prince. Katz, though, could be the second guy UCLA goes after, should they choose to bring in two. The class of 2009, though, is expected to be loaded at quarterback, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Crissman was the only one.

Nick Crissman, 6-3, 200, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison. COMMITTED. When Jones committed to Oklahoma, UCLA didn't run out and offer any quarterback, in fact, they took a much more deliberate approach. New offensive coordinator Jay Norvell diligently went out and watched each of the quarterbacks that UCLA had targeted and Crissman was their guy. Once they offered, he committed on the spot. Crissman is a tough player, evidenced by the constant pressure and hits he faced in the CIF Pac-5 championship game, that he kept getting up from. He threw for almost 3,100 yards and 27 touchdowns in leading the Chargers to the finals and he's had a solid spring, looking good at the Air 7 QBU Camp and the Scout Combine. He'll need to add some weight, but he's been well-coached by Dave White at Edison and is a solid quarterback commitment for the Bruins.Offered

Other Quarterbacks Of Note:

Matt Scott, 6-2, 185, Corona (Calif.) Centennial.
Ryan Griffin, 6-4, 206, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Dominique Blackman, 6-4, 249, Carson (Calif.)
Kevin Prince, 6-2.5, 185, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Ryan Katz, 6-2, 195, Santa Monica (Calif.)
Jack Elway, 6-3, 190, Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek

RUNNING BACKS:

UCLA will take at least two and possibly three running backs in this class, and they've already gotten one out of the way with Dean's commitment. If, in fact, UCLA takes three, they could get a nice mixture of power (Dean), speed (Deboskie or Scott) and Mo Drew (Knox). While they would love to get Scott, the consensus #1 running back in the country, if they got Deboskie, there would be no complaints at all in Westwood, and in fact, Deboskie could be the best candidate for the second running back slot. With Knox, you have a prolific runner from UCLA's backyard and one of the finest players the City has had.

Aundre Dean, 6-1, 201, Katy (Texas). COMMITTED. Dean was originally a commit to Texas A&M, but he was still intrigued by the Bruin program, thanks to Gary DeLoach laying the ground work a year ago. When Norvell came to UCLA, his recruitment of Dean when he was at Nebraska started tipping the scales in UCLA's favor for Dean. Once Dean made an unofficial trip to Westwood, he fell in love with UCLA and decommitted from Texas A&M. He then decided to go with UCLA and the four-star back gives the Bruins a top-rated back from Texas for the first time since Skip Hicks was in high school.Offered

Covaughn Deboskie, 6-0, 192, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton. UCLA has already had some success at Hamilton, signing safety Glenn Love in February, but they would be thrilled to get Deboskie, who's quickly making a rise nationally, thanks to an MVP performance at the Los Angeles Combine, just one of many camps where he has shined. Deboskie has offers from all over the country, including from the defending champs, Florida. He's been to UCLA a couple of times, for Junior Day, for the Spring Game and for another practice during the spring, and he's consistently listed UCLA in the top three. Deboskie is also an outstanding student, fitting the ideal mold for a UCLA recruit. If UCLA got a commitment from him, they'd be feeling pretty good.Offered

Darrell Scott, 6-1, 205, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure. Scott is the top player in the West, the top running back in the nation and one of the five best players in the country. So yes, UCLA would be plenty thrilled to get him. The Bruins have made it into his final 10, and he'll be paring that list down again by summer. With offers from everyone who's anyone nationally, Scott will have his pick of the litter. While UCLA was one of the first schools to get an unofficial from him, Colorado has the family connection, signing his uncle Josh Smith in February. And with schools like LSU, Florida, Texas, Michigan, USC and Cal also making a push, Scott could take all the time he needs to make a choice. Offered

Milton Knox, 5-8, 196, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham. Knox was the most recent recipient of a UCLA offer, getting one a week ago, and the Bruins have been one of his top teams throughout. While he doesn't have the conventional size or speed in a running back, his output cannot be argued, as he is close to shattering just about every City rushing record. Knox was the City Player of the Year as a junior, beating out UCLA signees Brian Price and Raymond Carter, and is the frontrunner for those honors again. Knox said that the UCLA offer solidifies their spot in the top five, and its where his family wants him, but he's keeping his options open and he's also looking at Florida State, Florida, Notre Dame and Cal amongst others.Offered

Richard Watson, 6-1, 220, Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida A&M. Not since Freddie Mitchell has UCLA signed a player from Florida, and its no secret the kind of swagger Freddie brought with him from the Sunshine State. UCLA has tried with players from down there the last few years and has had them visit, but those recruits have ultimately signed with Southern schools. Watson's list does include SEC schools, but it also has Ohio State and Boston College on there, so he's open to the idea of leaving Florida. Offered

Other Running Backs Of Note:

Ryan Bass, 5-10, 185, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Sam McGuffie, 5-11.5, 190, Cypress (Texas) Cy-Fair
Cyrus Gray, 5-11, 190, DeSoto (Texas)
Reggie Hunt, 5-10, 180, Daphne (Ala)

RECEIVERS:

UCLA has gotten off to a strong start at receiver, getting three commitments already at the position, and having offers out to several more. They lose three receivers after this year in Marcus Everett, Brandon Breazell and Joe Cowan, so they need to fill this spot. Each of the three they've gotten commitments from are solid prospects, Bateman being one of the top two on the West Coast. They've also got offers out to some national targets, and to some committed prospects who are keeping their options somewhat open. With Eric Scott now in charge of the receivers, he's had his hand in the commitment of each of these guys and will have a big say at this position.

Kemonte Bateman, 6-1, 175, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw. COMMITTED. Bateman is the best receiver UCLA has gotten a commitment from in Dorrell's tenure and while he's acknowledged that he still needs to do some work in the classroom, the recent reports say he's making strides in an effort to make it in to UCLA. Bateman was coached by Scott at Crenshaw and has made no bones about his desire to play for the Bruins. They signed two of his teammates in Carter and Price and he's been a frequent visitor to campus. Bateman has also starred this spring at the various camps and combines and is a potential Top 100 player. Offered

Antwon Moutra, 6-1, 175, Culver City (Calif.).COMMITTED. Moutra is one of the more versatile players in this class, and while he could be an elite prospect at safety, UCLA doesnt need him there, so he can be a solid addition to the receiving corps. Moutra has UCLA ties, his cousins being former Bruin linebacker Robert Thomas and current basketball player Russell Westbrook, so those ties helped contribute to his early commitment. Moutra has great hands and plays with tremendous toughness. He caught 74 passes for 830 yards as a junior in Culver City's spread offense.Offered

Jerry Johnson, 6-2, 186, Venice (Calif.). COMMITTED. Johnson was the first offensive player to commit for the class of 2008, doing so on the eve of the Bruins' big recruiting haul in March. He had 24 catches for 613 yards and four touchdowns for the Gondoliers, who ran the ball quite a bit in 2006. Johnson has great hands and gets good separation from the defenders while running very crisp routes. Scott had a big role in getting Johnson, having been watching him for a couple of seasons. In fact, Johnson committed not too long after Scott was hired, choosing the Bruins over other Pac-10 offers.Offered

Kevan Walker, 6-0, 175, Arcadia (Calif.). Walker has committed to Minnesota, his dad's alma mater, but the Bruins offered him in late April, and while he has said he is sticking to his commitment to the Gophers, his father's presence at UCLA will give the Bruins a chance to sway him throughout the season. Walker could end up in the secondary in college and this fall he's playing quarterback for Arcadia. But he has said receiver is where he will play in college. Offered

Nelson Rosario, 6-6, 218, Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino. Rosario is one of the best track-and-field athletes in the country, an elite jumper, and he has said he wants to do track and football in college. UCLA has had a history of players doing both, including with Darius Savage currently. Rosario was offered by the Bruins earlier this spring, and they're one of his top schools, along with Stanford and Oregon to name a few. Rosario had 53 catches for 1,010 yards and 11 touchdowns, so he can play. Rosario is leaning towards the Pac-10 and UCLA is definitely on him.Offered

Gerell Robinson, 6-3, 210, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton. Robinson is a commit to Arizona, but he's a soft verbal and he's been to the UCLA campus a couple of times. With UCLA recruiting Deboskie heavily, and having signed Glenn Love, they're hoping they can get a shot at another Hamilton star. Robinson wants to play quarterback in college, and Arizona is giving him that chance, but several schools nationally are trying to convince him that receiver is his best position, where he is a potentially elite player.Offered

Michael Floyd, 6-3, 200, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Durham. Floyd is being touted by many as the best player to come out of Minnesota since Joe Mauer, the current Twins catcher and former national player of the year who signed with Florida State. Floyd isnt listing UCLA but the Bruins have offered him.

Other Receivers Of Note:


Brice Butler, 6-3, 190, Norcross (Ga.) Offered
DeAndre Brown, 6-6.5, 220, Ocean Springs (Miss.)
Omarius Hines, 6-1, 183, Corsicana (Tex.)
Marvin Jones, 6-2, 175, Etiwanda (Calif.)
Robbie Boyer, 6-0, 170, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Martin Bayless, 6-2, 195, Chula Vista (Calif.) Castle Park
Alonso Agwuenu, 6-3, 186, Chino Hills (Calif.)
Clint Floyd, 5-11, 180, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw

TIGHT ENDS:

Losing Joseph Fauria was somewhat of a blow for the Bruins, being considered one of the favorites for him and Ayles isn't listing UCLA in his top five anymore. UCLA is very interested in Holt, though he's committed to BYU. Still, UCLA will want to bring in at least one tight end in this class. Austin Holt, 6-6, 224, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham. Holt committed to BYU, the home and church school, but after making an unofficial trip to UCLA in late April, the Bruins made a strong impression on him. He's still committed to the Cougars, but the Bruins will keep trying. Holt said that Ben Olson, who is also LDS, made a major impression on him. Holt is one of the elite tight end prospects nationally. Offered

Cory Harkey, 6-4, 230, Chino Hills (Calif.). Harkey's stock is on the rise and he could also play on the defensive side of the ball. UCLA offered him early in the spring and he was at a couple of spring practices. He's said that UCLA is his leader, but Arizona State is also heavily in the mix for him and has also offered his teammate, Michael Harris. Offered

Blake Ayles, 6-4, 235, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran. UCLA is still trying with Ayles, but he's no longer listing the Bruins on his list of top schools. The top tight end in California, Ayles has been considered a heavy lean towards USC, made even more likely by his teammates Aaron Corp and Mike Reardon having signed their in February. UCLA will still try with Ayles.Offered

Ryan Deehan, 6-5, 230, Poway (Calif.). Deehan has gone from being largely overlooked to a fast-riser, holding five offers, including ones from Cal and Texas A&M. He's visited UCLA unofficially and the Bruin staff has been by his campus. He may camp in Westwood this summer.

Other Tight Ends Of Note:

Mychal Rivera, 6-4, 228, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham
Anthony Miller, 6-3, 250, San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty
James Hanna, 6-4, 215, Lewisville (Texas) Flower Mound

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:

UCLA signed just one lineman a year ago, Mike Harris, after stockpiling the previous class. What the Bruins could use is tackles. What is not high in availability, at least out West, is tackles. UCLA offered Matt Meyer, but he committed to USC. Tyler Rigsbee has committed to Cal, though he did attend UCLA's first spring scrimmage. Smith plays tackle, but guard may be where he ends up in college. There are several guards, though, in this class.

Jonathan Martin, 6-7, 260, North Hollywood (Calif.). Harvard-Westlake. COMMITTED. Martin is an excellent student and the UCLA coaches have been interested in him in some time.  He's amassed some offers from other schools but the Bruins became the most recent school to offer him and he committed at the end of the evaluation period. Offered

Hamani Stevens, 6-2, 290, Hemet (Calif.). UCLA is Stevens' leader, but if USC offers, all bets are off. The Bruin staff covets Stevens and he's one of the best inside linemen in the state this year. His older brother Tevita plays at UTEP and UCLA recruited him somewhat when he was in high school, but they are very high on Hamani. Stevens was the first inside lineman UCLA offered. Offered

Tyron Smith, 6-5, 267, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde. Smith is one of the most athletic lineman in the West and is a Top 100 National pick. UCLA was recruiting him the heaviest, but he said recently that USC is currently his leader, though the Bruins are running second. He can play tackle, which is what he plays for Rancho Verde, but he may end up at guard in college. UCLA is trying with him and are hoping to get him to camp this summer. He attended several UCLA games last fall and was also at Junior Day. Offered

Allen Carroll, 6-3, 290, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds. Carroll is one of the best offensive lineman in Northern California, and he has double-digit offers.  Big, physical and pretty athletic, the UCLA coaches were watching him closely at the Nike Camp at Stanford.  He was one of their early offers and despite Cal being so close to home, he's looking at getting away from the Bay Area. Offered

Alec Johnson, 6-4, 295, Denver (Colo.) Mullen. Johnson came out to Westwood for the UCLA Spring Game and the Bruin staff offered him verbally prior to his visit. Johnson is one of three D-I lineman on the Mullen roster, and UCLA has recruited Mullen pretty hard the past few years, though they've not signed anyone. Three of Johnson's four offers are from Pac-10 schools. Johnson projects to center in college. Offered.

Max Tuioti-Mariner, 6-3, 290, Corona (Calif.). Tuioti-Mariner is another one of the top inside linemen in the state, and he's got a handful of offers, though he's waiting to get one from the two Los Angeles schools. He said he will likely camp at USC this summer, and the Trojans appear to be his leader, but he said he's keeping an interest in the Bruins.

Vaughn Dotsy, 6-4, 355, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure. A mammoth lineman, Dotsy takes up a lot of space and though he plays tackle for the Seraphs, he will be a guard in college. With Darrell Scott running behind him this fall, Dotsy will have a field day opening holes for Scott. At the L.A. Scout Combine, Dotsy showed that despite his size, he's athletic, running a 5.3 forty. UCLA and USC are two of his favorites, though he's not been offered by either yet.

A.J. Wallerstein, 6-3.5, 260, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon. Wallerstein is one of the best run-blockers in California and has been a mainstay in Canyon's rushing attack the past two years, starting 29 straight games at left guard, for their vaunted running game. Wallerstein may also be the smartest lineman in the state, and he's an outstanding student. He's been to Junior Day and to UCLA practices, but Stanford is the team to beat.

Other Lineman Of Note:

Barrett Jones, 6-5, 270, Cordova (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian, Offered
Ryan Dannewitz, 6-6, 280, San Jacinto (Calif.)
Khaled Holmes, 6-5, 290, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Kevin Murphy, 6-7, 255, San Clemente (Calif.)
Dominic Galas, 6-2, 255, Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic


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