Recruiting Reset: Offensive Prospects

UCLA has five commitments from offensve players, and while two of those are from offensive linemen, there's still a big need on the front line. With possibly six or more to give to offensive recruits, here are some of the most likely to be Bruins...

With the UCLA football season halfway done, the program has started offering scholarships to more prospects for the 2009 class.

As of now, UCLA has 17 scholarships to give, which is under the NCAA limit of 25 for a given year. It wouldn't, however, be a surprise if UCLA eventually had 20-22 available, since players always leave the program for a myriad of reasons.

To date, UCLA has ten commitments, five being on offense.

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

This isn't a comprehensive list of every recruit UCLA has shown interest, but a list that concentrates on those players UCLA has offered, those that could possibly receive an offer and those that are most likely to become Bruins.

QUARTERBACKS:

UCLA is only bringing in one quarterback this year, and it got a good one in Brehaut.

Richard Brehaut, 6-2, 205, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos. COMMITTED.  Brehaut took UCLA up on their offer immediately, committing over Memorial Day weekend. Since then, he's been one of the more instrumental commits in drumming up support with other recruits. Oh yeah, he can play too, having a great senior season in both throwing and running the ball. Brehaut was selected to the UnderArmour All-America Game, the second year a UCLA quarterback commit has been chosen (Nick Crissman was selected a year ago). He's also hoping to graduate early so he can participate in spring ball. Offered

RUNNING BACKS:

UCLA landed a good group of running backs last fall, with two playing as true freshmen in Derrick Coleman and Aundre Dean, and two redshirting in Johnathan Franklin and Milton Knox. 2009 is not a great year for running backs in the west, and with a fully loaded, and very talented class of 2010 looming, UCLA could perhaps decide not to take a running back and look to 2010. They have a fullback in Allmond and may not try to bring in a feature back.

Jayson Allmond, 6-1, 260, Bloomington (Calif.). COMMITTED.  Allmond is the most recent commit to UCLA, doing so October 20th after being offered. Allmond is a pretty good athlete for his size, and is physically ver imposing, and also plays linebacker. He reminds many, though, of George Hypolite, the former Loyola HS fullback who became an all-Big 12 defensive tackle at Colorado (and who UCLA passed on). Allmond runs a 4.6, impressive for his size, and can do damage with the ball in his hands. He could also be a candidate to move to the defensive side of the ball. Offered

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. He took an official visit to UCLA in mid-October and finally got the scholarship offer he was waiting for, and UCLA seems to be the leader for him, going by his recent comments. Hilliard was offered as an athlete, though, and he could end up playing in the secondary in college. Hilliard is also friends with high school teammate Manti Te'o, the #1 linebacker in the country who UCLA is recruiting. 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 the Bruins are well behind Notre Dame, USC and Stanford. Offered

Bradley Randle, 5-10, 180, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta. Few running backs in the Southland have exploded like Randle has. The son of former MLB player Lenny Randle, and cousin of former UCLA star Tyus Edney, Randle has made no bones about his desire to play for the Bruins. Initially, UCLA was looking at him as a defensive back, but it appears they are serious about him as a running back, and are continuing to evaluate him

Arthur Burns, 5-11, 205, Corona (Calif.) Centennial. Burns has really come into his own this fall in his senior season, finally getting to be the chief ball-carrier for the Huskies, having previously played behind Ryan Bass the past few seasons. He's a short but compact runner who has power and is running for over 150 yards a game against one of the toughest schedules in the west. He likes UCLA, and his teammate Marvray has already committed, so expect UCLA to keep tabs on him.

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 UCLA 3-day camp last summer. He likes UCLA a lot, but doesn't have an offer yet, and it appears as if the Bruins are losing interest in him. He will likely end up at Arizona.

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, along with Taylor Embree, who greyshirted. All but Johnson are playing as true freshmen. The Bruins have only offered a handful of receivers in 2009, though a few of them are USC commits.

Ricky Marvray, 6-0, 185, Corona (Calif.) Centennial. COMMITTED. Marvray made no secret about his desire to play for the Bruins. He said numerous times that an offer from UCLA would net a commitment within seconds. So when UCLA offered him the week of the season opener, he did just that, though, as he said, he let the coaches finish the sentence. Marvray has been a big weapon for the top team in California, and has shown that he's capable of being a kick returner in college, having several big returns. Marvray is also a strong student, which will possibly help UCLA be able to recruit other prospects in the class that might not be. Offered

Shaquelle Evans, 6-2, 192, Inglewood (Calif.). Evans is a soft commit to USC, and even that might be a stretch these days, as he was reportedly enamored with his official visit to Notre Dame. He was UCLA's top target at receiver, but it seems now as if it's a Notre Dame-USC battle for him. UCLA will still try with him, but it's looking more and more bleak for his services. Offered

Randall Carroll, 6-0, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral. The speedster committed to USC last fall and he's not backed off his commitment, but UCLA has continued to make the effort with him. He is cousins with current freshman, Johnathan Franklin, but that hasn't seemed to make a difference as Carroll told us earlier this fall that 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

Kevin Cummings, 6-2, 180, Encino (Calif.) Crespi. Cummings is no stranger to the UCLA program, having watched his cousin, and former 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 and former teammate Kevin Prince had great chemistry. He came back again this spring and summer and camped at UCLA. Cummings has gotten off to a great start in 2008, both on offense and on defense, so he's definitely still on the radar.

Other Receivers Of Note:

Chris Matthews, 6-5, 205, Los Angeles (Calif.) Harbor College
Travis Van Leeuwen, 6-3, 188, Provo (Utah) Timpview
Jerry Rice, 5-10, 180, Atherton (Calif.) Menlo
Adam Hall, 6-4, 205, Tucson (Ariz.) Palo Verde
Brett Ackerman, 6-4.5, 204, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Jeff Crissman, 6-1, 185, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison
Ronald McCrory, 5-11, 170, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade

TIGHT ENDS:

The Bruins brought in one tight end in the class of 2008 in Cory Harkey. And he's playing early too. With Logan Paulsen expected to redshirt, the need for next year isn't as urgent, but UCLA is definitelyh intending to bring in a tight end for 2009. They have offers out to commits to other Pac-10 schools, and are still trying with them.

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. Then he came to UCLA's game with Washington State, where Ryan Moya had six catches and two touchdowns, which certainly didn't go unnoticed by Moya. Ertz is 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. The word is that UCLA is doing very well with him. Offered

Billy Sanders, 6-4, 235, Coeur d'Alene (Ida.) Lake City. A commit to Miami, Sanders has been staying in frequent contact with the UCLA coaches ever since verballing to Miami. He is originally from Arizona, but moved to Idaho for his senior season. Since then, he's been to UCLA games and practices, and despite his verbal to the Hurricanes, seems to be open to being recruited and pursued by the Bruin staff. Offered

Christopher Coyle, 6-3, 230, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. Coyle has family who's attended UCLA, and they were one of the schools he grew up rooting for. But the week he was offered by the Bruins, he committed to Arizona State. He's been to a couple of UCLA's home games and was at a fall practice since his commitment, but has so far shown no hints of wavering on his commitment. Offered

Marlion Barnett, 6-3, 218, Corona (Calif.) Santiago. Barnett was a high school teammate of 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 a little bit more time watching this fall, before deciding on an offer. UCLA could also look at him more as an athlete, and possibly plug him in at linebacker.

Other Tight Ends Of Note:

Gavin Escobar, 6-6, 210, Santa Margarita (Calif.)
Terrence Miller, 6-4, 210, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde

OFFENSIVE LINE:

The place where UCLA probably needs the most help is on the offensive line. The problem is, again, that it's not a great year for linemen in the state. So UCLA has been after some top prospects outside of California, and seems to be doing well with several of them. They do have two, much-needed, commits to date. They're also looking at the JC ranks for some bodies, though if they can land Philipp and one more OL, they may not be as apt to bring in a transfer.

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 in June. A weight-room fanatic, Capella plays tackle for his team, but projects inside in college. He's been one of the best run-blockers in the state the last two years, and particularly this year, has been impressive for one of the best rushing attacks in the region. Offered

Stan Hasiak, 6-6, 330, Kapolei (Hawaii). COMMITTED.  Hasiak came out to Westwood the weekend of October 18th and 19th for his official visit, and the trip was enough to compel him to verbally commit. It appeared to be a three-horse race, with Cal and USC also in the mix, but Hasiak, who had favored UCLA early on, decided on the Bruins, and the UnderArmour All-American is a huge boost to the Bruins recruiting class. Projecting the OL over the next couple of years, offensive tackle is a huge need and getting Hasiak is huge for the UCLA recruiting effort. He has indicated he could take official visits to other schools so it's not completely over. Offered

Michael Philipp, 6-4, 295, San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley. The Bruin staff would love to get Philipp and he's been at the top of their wish list since the spring. Philipp likes Stanford and UCLA a lot, and initially, the feeling was Stanford was the favorite. But more and more, we're hearing he's a UCLA lean. 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. He's currently ranked the #8 offensive tackle in the country, but projects at either position. If UCLA could land him, that would be another big step in rebuilding in the trenches. 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, and a horse in the race, by saying this Summer that they, along with USC, were his top two schools. For a while, it seemed like the Bruins were way 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. Still, he's been favoring USC for some time, and it appears the Trojans are the heavy frontrunners for him. 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. It seems to be LSU's race to lose, with Miami, BYU and USC also prominently mentioned in the discussion. UCLA, though, isn't going to stop trying and they've already been out to see him play this fall. Of course, he was at the Bruins forgettable loss to BYU as a guest of the Cougars. Offered

Charles Siddoway, 6-7, 310, Eugene (Ore.) Marist. UCLA offered Siddoway earlier in the spring and got him down for an official visit in September. He was impressed with the trip but 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 and he'll visit there. Siddoway has also visited Cal and seemed to enjoy that trip.Offered

Chris Hubbard, 6-5, 250, Columbus (Ga.) Carver. UCLA offered Hubbard in the later part of summer, and brought him out for an official visit in September. Hubbard loved his trip to California, but being that he's from the Southeast, he could be tough to pull west, especially as more SEC and ACC powers are getting to know who he is. Still, UCLA will keep trying and he's said he wants to get out of Georgia to play his college ball. Hubbard is an impressive looking prospect physically. Offered

JC Offensive :

UCLA, in trying to get more immediate help at offensive line, is rustling the JC bushes. Even though it's traditionally difficult for UCLA to recruit JC prospects because of academics, there are occasionally academically qualified recruits. Here are some of the JC OL we've heard UCLA has shown interest so far this fall.

James Meeks, 6-5, 320, Foothill (Calif.) College
Joe Thompson, 6-6, 315, College of the Canyons (Calif.)
Joe Evinger, 6-6, 330, College of the Canyons (Calif.)
Tobin Cameron, 6-4, 265, Santa Rosa (Calif.)
Jose Acuna, 6-6, 300, Mt. San Jacinto (Calif.)

Other High School Linemen Of Note:

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


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