An Early Look at 2010 Offers

The 2010 recruiting class in California, and the West in general, will be loaded, and UCLA has already started extending offers to the top prospects in that class. Here is an early look at who's been officially offered by the Bruin staff...

With a little more than two months until Signing Day for the class of 2009, UCLA is already extending offers to the class of 2010. In fact, just two months after the first time UCLA could start offering juniors, they're officially offered almost 20, the most we can remember in the last few years.

Last week, the Bruins' got their first commitment in the class of 2010, from Richardson out of Los Alamitos (Calif.). He's one of a trio of receivers that UCLA has offered.

Here is a look at who we know that UCLA has officially offered. We know there are reports of other prospects who've been offered, but those have all been verbal (or hints at offers), but this is a pretty detailed list of guys we know have been officially offered by Rick Neuheisel and his staff.

This list also only includes those who've been offered, not others they may go after, as we'll have that list in the near future.

Quarterbacks

Only one class of 2010 prospect has been offered at this position, and he's the best in the West, if not the nation, in Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline passer Jake Heaps (6-2, 195). The Bruins' are one of over 15 schools to have offered Heaps. BYU, Washington and Notre Dame, though, have to be considered the favorites to sign Heaps at this point. We'll have film from two of Heaps' games this week.

Running Back

In what will be a loaded year for running backs in the West, UCLA has offered only one, but he's an elite one in Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola's Anthony Barr (6-4, 225). Neuheisel is plenty familiar with Barr, as his son, Jerry, plays with Barr at Loyola. Barr could also end up on defense as an outside linebacker in college, but he's the kind of guy you get and figure out his position later.

They've also gone into Texas and offered one of the Lone Star State's top backs, Temple (Texas) back Lache Seastrunk (5-10, 185). USC and LSU have also offered Seastrunk.

Wide Receivers

The commitment from Paul Richardson (6-1, 175) is one of the earliest UCLA has ever gotten from a junior, and gives the Bruins a nice boost, considering he'll be one of the top prospects at the position in the class of 2010.

The other two receivers UCLA has offered have both already made commitments, San Diego (Calif.) Mission Bay's Dillon Baxter (6-0, 205) to USC and Anderson (S.C.) T.L. Hanna's Martavis Bryant (6-4, 175) to Clemson.

Tight Ends

The class of 2009 is one of the best for tight ends out West, but UCLA has also targeted a couple of Southland prospects from the 2010 class.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola's John Young (6-4, 240) has the size to play numerous positions, and he could end up as a defensive tackle or even an offensive tackle. UCLA offered him as an athlete.

Palmdale (Calif.) Highland tight end Christian Thomas (6-3, 235), who had a great spring and summer on the camp circuit, is the more pure tight end of the group and that's where he's likely to play in college.

Offensive Linemen

It's not a great year for lineman in the class of 2009 out West, but will be for the class of 2010, so UCLA is already getting after a few, as well as some nationally.

Jacksonville (Fla.) The Bolles offensive tackle Brent Benedict (6-5, 280), got one of his first offers from UCLA. The Bruin staff also has offered Seantrel Henderson (6-8, 301) from Cretin-Durham in St. Paul (Minn.). With Henderson, he's one of the elite prospects, regardless of position, nationally, and he's holding over 20 offers already, but the Bruins have been mentioned by him.

Closer to home, UCLA has offered a pair of SoCal prospects, both from programs that they've traditionally struggled to recruit but schools that Neuheisel and his staff seem intent on making inroads at.

One of those is at Oaks Christian in Westlake Village, who will be arguably the most talented, at least with college prospects, school in the Southland next year. The Bruins have offered left tackle Erik Kohler (6-5, 265) and we've heard that UCLA is doing very well with Kohler and could be considered the favorite to land his commitment. He's been to some UCLA games this fall.

The other is Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei offensive lineman Chris Ward (6-5, 285), who's been a star since he was a sophomore for the Monarchs and has been stellar since returning from an early season injury. Ward, in fact, was one of the first recipients of an official offer from UCLA in this class.

Athlete

UCLA has offered a couple of prospects who'd be considered athletes because of their versatility on either side of the ball, and have been told by UCLA that they're being recruited as an athlete.

One of those is La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis receiver/defensive back Dietrich Riley (6-0, 180), who also has been offered by USC. Riley, we think, will end up on the defensive side of the ball as a safety.

The other is Robert Woods, the do-everything athlete from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, who stands 6-1, 170. Woods could play corner, safety or receiver and be a kick returner, and he's so talented that is probably too early to talk about where his impact will be. UCLA is one of a host of Pac-10 schools who have offered him, including Cal and USC.

Defensive Line

Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd's Chris Martin (6-4, 222) is arguably the top defensive prospect in the West in the class of 2010, and he's able to play either outside linebacker or defensive end. Martin could also be an elite tight end if he so chose, but he'll end up on defense in college, and most likely on the defensive line playing end.

Linebackers

The first linebacker UCLA offered was a familiar name, at least to linebackers coach Chuck Bullough. It was his nephew, Max Bullough, from Traverse City (Mich.) St Francis (6-3, 220). Instead of following his uncle out to Westwood, though, he's following in his footsteps, having committed to Michigan State, where Chuck was an all-Big Ten linebacker in the late 1980's.

UCLA has also offered possibly the best player in the City Section for the class of 2010, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw's Hayes Pullard (6-1, 210), who's a hitting machine for the Cougars. Pullard has been a guy UCLA has known plenty about, since he was a youngster, and now he's coming into his own as one of the best in the West. Arizona State has offered Pullard as well.

Defensive Backs

Eagle Lake (Fla.) Lake Region defensive back Marvin Robinson (6-1, 200), is one of the premier defensive backs nationally next year, and the lone safety UCLA has offered. Robinson has offers from Michigan, Tennessee and USC as well, and he's listing UCLA in his top seven.


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