That's not counting the grant-in-aid signed by Taylor Embree. If you counted that, it technically brings UCLA to 24 scholarships for the class of 2008 taken.
The NCAA allows a program to give out 25 scholarships in any given year.
So, does UCLA have a problem? More than likely not. We're hearing that UCLA could sign up to 27 prospects in this class. To get around the limitation of 25, UCLA would likely greyshirt someone so they would count against the class of 2009.
The candidates to greyshirt from this class would more than likely be among the linemen, since it's physically tougher for them to get immediate playing time.
Also, Uona Kaveinga, one of the early commitments, has said he's planning on graduating early and enrolling in-time for the spring, much like Aleksey Lanis did in 2005, which would allow his scholarship to count against the 2007 class.
So, there are at least a couple of ways UCLA could work around the NCAA limitation of giving out just 25 scholarships in a year. Really, the primary limitation on the amount of scholarships UCLA can give to 2008 recruits is the overall limit for a program of 85. As of right now, given the players who have left the program this spring, UCLA has 60 players who project to being on scholarship for the 2008 season, which gives them 25 to give overall for the class of 2008. Of course, in any program there are always a number of scholarships that open up in any given year, and it's safe to assume there will at least be a couple that do. If, in fact, UCLA greyshirted a couple of players from the class of 2008, bringing them in for the spring of 2009, UCLA wouldn't have to have those extra scholarships open up until then.
But what if UCLA has an incredible season and some huge national recruiting names want to jump on the bandwagon? Or, say, some recruit blows up in his senior season, becomes a huge prospect and wants to come to UCLA (a la Glenn Love or Justin Edison)? It's our opinion that UCLA will make room for a commitment from either scenario, given the option of greyshirting another prospect. So, don't get too hung up on this being the end-all list of possibilities. It's just what we foresee as the most likely candidates to fill the remaining spots.
In addition, Eric Scott has been responsible for several of the recruits that have committed. If he is removed from the staff, there could be a fallout amongst the commits that could lead to decommitments, though the ones we've spoken to insist that they're solid to UCLA regardless.
Since the last recruiting reset, UCLA has added commitments from Jeff Locke at punter and Nelson Rosario at receiver. So we're approaching it from a different perspective: If UCLA probably will give out, say, 27 or 28 scholarships to players in the high school class of 2008, that means the Bruins have 3 or 4 more scholarships to give. So, here's a look at the guys we think could fill those scholarships.
Also, note that this is not a comprehensive list of the prospects that UCLA is currently showing interest, but a list of the guys who most likely could fill the remaining spots, as it stands now.
QB Kevin Prince, 6-2.5, 190, Encino (Calif.) Crespi. UCLA had discussed with Prince the possibility of offering him if he took his LDS mission, and eventually did offer him last week. Now Prince is deciding on taking the mission and committing to UCLA, which would bring Prince into Westwood in the fall of 2010 (which also would not make his scholarship go against any count until 2010). Or he could hold off on his mission and take Washington's offer and enroll next fall. Prince said early that BYU and Washington were his leaders, but he acknowledged that an offer from his lifelong favorite and dream school, UCLA, would completely change everything for him, and it has. The word is that Prince is leaning toward committing to UCLA and going on his mission. Offered
WR Kevan Walker, 6-0, 175, Arcadia (Calif.). Yes, Walker is committed to Minnesota, but he's camped at UCLA a couple of times, and he's been offered by Karl Dorrell and Eric Scott as a receiver (though he's versatile enough to play on defense). And then there is that connection with the Bruins' defensive coordinator. While Walker hasn't given any real indication that he's going to de-commit from Minnesota, the feeling is, that as long as his dad stays at UCLA, he'll join him. UCLA has four commitments from receivers but are losing quite a few to graduation in the next two years, and with Kemonte Bateman needing to do work in the classroom to qualify, UCLA wouldn't mind having another receiver commitment. Offered
OL Hamani Stevens, 6-2, 290, Hemet (Calif.). Stevens' recruitment has been much scrutinized, having committed, then reneging on it a few days later. He said that UCLA is still his top school, but he did go to the USC Rising Senior Camp instead of UCLA's. While he hasn't yet gotten an offer from the Trojans, there is still the possibility that one could materialize, which would most likely tip the recruitment in their favor. But if USC doesn't offer any time soon, Stevens could decide to end it, as he had planned, and stick with UCLA. That is if the scholarship to UCLA is still available. Oregon and Arizona also have emerged in his recruitment. Offered
OL Allen Carroll, 6-3, 290, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds. Carroll is one of the best offensive linemen in Northern California, and he has double-digit offers. UCLA offered him early, and they like him as a guard, though he plays tackle for Mac. Carroll was in town for UCLA's camp, but he was nursing an injury. Still, he took an unofficial visit while in town and UCLA did really well with him and are considered one of the top teams for him. He plans to take some time, though. Offered
RB Darrell Scott, 6-1, 205, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure. At running back, UCLA has three guys already committed at the position, and one is very well regarded. But if Scott, the #1 player in the West and the top-rated running back nationally, wanted to come (and indications are that his mom wants him to stay locally), UCLA would likely bring in as a fourth running back.Offered.
DT Craig Noble, 6-5, 295, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. Noble has committed to Washington, but he's also been to two different camps at UCLA this spring, and he's made it known that he's a soft verbal to the Huskies. So an offer from the hometown Bruins could make things interesting. With UCLA recruiting the City Section unlike any year in recent memory, Noble could also be attracted to the Bruins in that sense. He also has many friends in the 2008 class already committed to UCLA. While he may have some academic work to do, Noble is a guy that UCLA likes. We've heard that if UCLA offered him he could be done, so it's a matter of whether UCLA can offer him with his academics.
DT Willie Mobley, 6-2, 263, Eden Prairie (Minn.). Mobley came to UCLA's camp from the Twin Cities to show that he's worthy of a scholarship. And he did a very good job at camp. The hold-up is his academics, but if Mobley can show that he's making progress academically, he could get an offer. We've heard that Mobley indicated to UCLA that he really likde it while out here for the camp, and the feeling was that he'd commit to being a Bruin if UCLA could offer. But with plenty of interest from the Big Ten and being a Midwest native, when he visits more local schools like Wisconsin and Ohio State, the tune could change. We think UCLA has a good chance if they offer, but it will be a fight.
TE 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. Holt again came out for the UCLA 1-Day Camp, and told us that he was very excited about how it went and his relationship with new tight ends coach Angus McClure. He's still committed to the Cougars, but the Bruins will keep trying. The #2 tight end prospect nationally, we've heard that UCLA getting a verbal from tight end Cory Harkey is actually a good thing in their recruitment of Holt, as the two hit it off at UCLA's camp in June and talked about playing together in college. Holt also visited Florida unofficially and the Gators have offered, as has Stanford. Offered
CB Clint Floyd, 6-0, 180, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw. Yhe Bruins already are pretty stocked with DBs in the 2008 class, and Floyd is considered mostly a wide receiver, so there aren't a lot of indications that Floyd could fill one of those last spots. But we're going to go out on a limb and put him on this list, for a few reasons: He's very fast and he looked very good working out at defensive back at UCLA's One-Day Camp. UCLA Defensive Coordinator DeWayne Walker knows he can't have too many guys in his backfield that are 6-0 and can burn. Floyd is also from Crenshaw, and UCLA has such strong ties with the Crenshaw program. Not only will that be compelling, but it will inadvertently get UCLA coaches out to watch Floyd this coming season, since they have to be there anyway to watch UCLA-committed Kemonte Bateman. And say Floyd has another solid season at receiver, and it wouldn't even be a surprise to see them bring him in as an athlete, with a shot at receiver. He was the MVP of the B2G Elite Football Program, despite the presence of three of the top four receivers in the west.
Others to Watch:
WR Martin Bayless Jr., 6-2, 205, Chula Vista (Calif.) Castle Park
OL Zebrie Sanders, 6-6, 273, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont
OL Vaughn Dotsy, 6-4, 367, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
OL A.J. Wallerstein, 6-3.5, 272, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyons
TE Hubie Graham, 6-4, 225, Scranton (Penn) West Scranton
S Vaughn Telemaque, 6-2, 190, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
DT Ottis Jones, 6-2, 250, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
DE Cameron Meredith, 6-4, 225, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
CB Rashad Evans, 5-10, 170, Union City (Calif.) James Logan