FB Recruiting Reset: Offfense

UCLA has a great deal of recruiting to do on the offensive side of the ball for 2009, currently with just two commitments -- even though they're pretty significant. UCLA is pursuing a big fish of a receiver, and are in desperate need of a huge offensive line recruiting class...

With fall practice starting next week, the UCLA coaching staff is returning to campus, and picking up the pieces of a suddenly shrinking recruiting class will be one of its top priorities.

As of now, there are roughly 23 scholarships to give to the class of 2009, which is under the NCAA limit for a given year of 25. But it wouldn't be surprising if UCLA ends up with 25 scholarships to give, since there is always attrition in any season.

To date, UCLA has six commitments, four being on defense, but they've been reeling from losing a couple of commits in the secondary, at positions that appeared to be finished in recruiting. So, they'll be looking again to fill both of those slots and perhaps add some more at the position.

In this review, we'll try to lay out exactly which players have been offered scholarships, who could be offered, and what are UCLA's priorities at each position.

This isn't going to be a comprehensive list of every prospect UCLA has shown interest, but a list that concentrates on those players UCLA has offered and those that could possibly receive an offer.

QUARTERBACKS:
UCLA's quarterback search was a diligent one, and after watching Nunes and Brehaut throw, the staff went with Brehaut, who accepted teh scholarship offer on the spot. With three quarterbacks in the class of 2008, albeit one a JC transfer, UCLA is only bringing in one quarterback in the class of 2009.

Richard Brehaut, 6-2, 205, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos. COMMITTED Brehaut "won" the recruiting sweepstakes for the UCLA offer, making a big impression on offensive coordinator Norm Chow during the spring then having a chance to throw at the Steve Clarkson Camp in Santa Barbara, which Rick Neuheisel was able to attend. That weekend, Brehaut was offered and committed. It's looking more and more like the coaches made a brilliant decision, Brehaut having an excellent spring and earning raves at the Elite 11 Camp last month. He's also been a big part of the recruiting efforts, teaming with Todd Golper in getting in touch with recruits. Not the biggest quarterback, Brehaut just has that "it" factor to him and is arguably the #2 quarterback in the West this year. Offered

RUNNING BACKS:
UCLA landed an outstanding group of running backs last fall, headlined by Aundre Dean and Milton Knox. They also have Johnathan Franklin too, so running back isn't as big of a need as it has been in the past. That said, with the way UCLA running backs get injured, you can bet they're trying to bring in more at the position. Still, it's not a great year for running backs in the West, and with a fully loaded and very talented class of 2010 in the west looming, UCLA could just can probably afford to be very picky.

Dasarte Yarnway, 6-0, 210, San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral. Yarnway visited UCLA in late June and came away impressed with his visit to Westwood. The Bruins are in his top five, along with Cal, Oregon, Washington and Arizona State, but Cal and Oregon are the most likely suitors for him, with the Bears the likely choice. UCLA could wait to see what Yarnway does before offering another tailback. Offered

Tyler Gaffney, 6-1, 215, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic. Gaffney was offered by the previous staff, and he's a powerful back with good speed. He's also a talented baseball player, and he's been compared to Toby Gerhart, who UCLA recruited a few years back. Gaffney told us that his offer still stands, but many schools are starting to look at him as a fullback. Offered

Daniel Jenkins, 5-10, 180, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde. Jenkins attended UCLA's Junior Day and then also had a good showing at the first day of the 3-day camp. He likes UCLA a lot, but doesn't have an offer yet, so he knows the first few games of his senior year are crucial to his efforts. If the Bruins offer, they could be in the drivers seat.

Dalton Hilliard, 5-11, 190, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou. Hilliard comes from Norm Chow's alma mater, and he camped at UCLA last summer, going into his junior year. The coaching staff hasn't offered him yet, but he's still interested in the Bruins and said he would like to take a visit to Westwood officially if the opportunity presents itself.

Other Running Backs Of Note:

Melvin Richardson, 5-10, 195, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Akil Sharp, 5-9, 190, Las Vegas (Nev.) Sierra Vista
Ryan Zirbel, 5-10, 190, Saugus (Calif.)
Marcus Darden, 5-9, 185, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Ross Bacon, 5-11, 175, Stevenson Ranch (Calif.) West Ranch

RECEIVERS:
UCLA signed a very good receiver group in the 2008 class, with Nelson Rosario, Jerry Johnson and Antwon Moutra, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see all three play as freshmen. The Bruins have only offered a handful of receivers, though a few of them are USC commits. USC-committed Carroll told us this week that his interest in the Bruins is waning.

Shaquelle Evans, 6-2, 192, Inglewood (Calif.). Without question, Evans' is UCLA's top target on the offensive side of the ball and the Bruins would love to get a commitment from him. They'll have a battle on their hands, though, as Evans also sports offers from USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, LSU, California and Notre Dame. The feeling from many is that UCLA is the prohibitive favorite for Evans, and some recruits have even mentioned the fact, but Evans is playing it close to the vest, and publicly saying that he's wide open and wants to visit the out of state schools. Offered

Marlon Brown, 6-5, 205, Memphis (Tenn.) Harding. Brown visited UCLA unofficially in June when he was out West for the USC and Stanford camps. While the Bruins made his cut of top 10 schools, the feeling is that they're still a longshot, at best, to land Brown. The one card UCLA has is Brown has expressed interest in playing basketball in college, and that could be a possibility with UCLA. Offered

Randall Carroll, 6-0, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral. Carroll committed to USC last fall and he's not backed off his commitment, but UCLA has made the effort with him. He is cousin's with incoming freshman Johnathan Franklin, but lately, that's not making much of a difference, as Carroll told us this week, his interest in the Bruins isn't as strong as it once was. Offered

Markus Wheaton, 6-1, 175, Chandler (Ariz.). Wheaton is one of the top offensive recruits in Arizona, and he has plenty of Pac-10 interest. His cousin is a legend at Oregon, and the Ducks are a big player in his recruitment. UCLA has verbally offered, but how serious they are could depend on Wheaton's academics. Offered

Ricky Marvray, 6-0, 185, Corona (Calif.) Centennial. Marvray has made no secret about his desire to play for the Bruins. He's said numerous times an offer from UCLA would net a commitment. He's done nothing to hurt his case, starring in a short time span at the 1-Day Camp and then also having a good day at the first day of the 3-Day Camp. He and Brehaut have showed great chemistry and Brehaut is quietly pining for an offer for Marvray. He could be the recipient of one, depending on what happens with some of their other targets.

Kevin Cummings, 6-2, 180, Encino (Calif.) Crespi. Cummings is no stranger to the UCLA program, having watched his cousin, and teammate, E.J. Woods, get recruited and sign with the Bruins in last year's class. Cummings camped at UCLA last summer, and he and quarterback Kevin Prince have great chemistry. He came back again this spring and summer and camped at UCLA but likely will be a "wait and see" guy.

Other Receivers Of Note:

Jemari Roberts, 6-2, 205, Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson
Gino Simone, 6-0, 175, Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline
Gavin Escobar, 6-6, 210, Santa Margarita (Calif.)
Brett Thompson, 6-3, 190, El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge
Adam Hall, 6-4, 205, Tucson (Ariz.) Palo Verde
Jeff Crissman, 6-1, 185, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison
Ronald McCrory, 5-11, 170, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade

TIGHT ENDS:
The Bruins are bringing in one tight end in the class of 2008 in Cory Harkey. And it's well-known that Chow likes to involve the tight ends in the passing game. The problem UCLA has is that several of the top tight ends in the state have all committed to other Pac-10 schools, but UCLA is still trying with them.

Morrell Presley, 6-4, 215, Carson (Calif.). UCLA had put the press on Presley, despite him being a commit to USC. The chances for Presley, though, decreased dramatically when his close friend, Byron Moore, de-committed from UCLA and committed to USC. Offered

Zach Ertz, 6-6, 230, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista. Ertz is a commit to Stanford, doing so last Fall, but he came to the Bruins' Spring Game and took an unofficial visit of the campus. He also came to the first day of UCLA's 3-Day Camp, though he didn't work out. He did take an unofficial visit, and toured the campus, and spent a lot of time with Brehaut and Golper. Ertz is starting to see more offers come his way, and he's keeping his options open, pending admission into Stanford. Ertz is a very good receiver and has a good frame for the spot. With Stanford having commits from five tight ends, Ertz could choose to play elsewhere. Offered

Orson Charles, 6-3, 215, Tampa (Fla.) Plant City. Charles was hoping to camp at UCLA during the summer, but that didn't materialize. Still, the Bruins are one of his top seven schools and he's hoping to get back out West for a visit come fall. Offered

Marlion Barnett, 6-3, 218, Corona (Calif.) Santiago. Barnett was teammates with UCLA freshman Anthony Dye, so he's been hearing about the Bruins a ton the last year. Barnett has good hands, and catches the ball well, and is athletic enough that he could even play on defense in college. He's camped at UCLA already, doing so at the 1-Day Camp, and he has a handful of offers. He could be a guy UCLA spends more time watching in the fall, though, before deciding on an offer.

J.T. Kerr, 6-4, 240, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch. Kerr camped at UCLA for the 1-Day Camp and then came back for the final day of the 3-Day Camp. He's a good receiver who had been stuck in a bad offense. Now he's at Scripps Ranch, where he'll play with Tate Forcier, and that should up his stock in the passing game. Kerr has solid interest in the Bruins, though they haven't offered yet.

Other Tight Ends Of Note:

Billy Sanders, 6-4, 235, Coeur d'Alene (Ida.) Lake City

OFFENSIVE LINE:
The place where UCLA probably needs the most help is on the offensive line. The problem there is that it's, again, not a great year for linemen in the state. So they've been after some top prospects outside of California, and seem to be doing well with several of them.

Greg Capella, 6-4, 325, Visalia (Calif.) El Diamante. COMMITTED Capella gave the Bruins a big boost when he committed in late June. Capella is the top-ranked guard in California and had a good showing at UCLA's 1-Day Camp. He's the lone lineman, on either side of the ball, the Bruins have a commitment from. A weight-room fanatic, Capella plays tackle for his team, but projects inside in college. Offered

Michael Philipp, 6-4, 295, San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley. The Bruin staff would love to get Philipp, and he'd be the best lineman they've brought in to the program in years. Philipp likes Stanford and UCLA a lot, and his family may be favoring Stanford slightly, though the feeling of late is the Bruins have moved ahead of the Cardinal. He was at UCLA's Spring Game and came to the 3-Day Camp, though he didn't participate, and spent time with Hasiak. He's mentioned that Brehaut is recruiting him, and has struck up a friendship with Todd Golper, who's doing his part to recruit Philipp. He, with Shaq Evans, are the most important Bruin recruits on the offensive side of the ball. Offered

John Martinez, 6-3, 270, Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood. The nation's #3-ranked guard gave the Bruins a shot in the arm by saying this week that they, along with USC, are his top two schools. For a while, it seemed like the Bruins were on the outside looking in, but now the two are deadlocked. Martinez took a trip to UCLA in June, before he camped at USC, and Chow and OL coach Bob Palcic are making him a priority. Offered

Xavier Su'a-Filo, 6-5, 265, Provo (Utah) Timpview. Su'a-Filo was also on that trip with Martinez in June, and the Bruin staff made a big impression on him. Still, it seems to be LSU's race to lose, with Miami and USC also prominently mentioned in the discussion. UCLA, though, isn't going to stop trying. Offered

Stan Hasiak, 6-6, 330, Kapolei (Hawaii). Hasiak also came out to Westwood in June, taking in a day of the 3-Day Camp, though he didn't participate, before he went over and shined at the USC camp. Hasiak said the Bruins are one of his top three schools, along with Cal and USC, and he was impressed with the campus and the facilities. He said he would likely take an official visit to Westwood in the fall. Offered

Charles Siddoway, 6-6, 310, Eugene (Ore.) Marist. UCLA offered Siddoway earlier in the spring and would love to get him down for a visit, which he said he intends to take. He may be tough to get out of Oregon, though, growing up rooting for both in-state programs, and now living in the Ducks' backyard. Alabama also had him in for a camp visit last month and they offered.Offered

Other Linemen Of Note:

Everett Benyard, 6-7, 320, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral
David Born, 6-8, 320, Bakersfield (Calif.) West
Caylin Hauptmann, 6-5, 310, Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Gavin Pascarella, 6-5, 260, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Jordan Johnson, 6-6, 285, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
Jamal Burrell, 6-5, 275, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Matt Shinn, 6-4, 265, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos
Kevin Danser, 6-4, 295, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep
William Prescott, 6-5, 272, Riverside (Calif.) King
Ryan Shott, 6-6, 260, Mission Viejo (Calif.) Capistrano Valley
Mark Clampitt, 6-3, 255, Torrance (Calif.) West


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