Recruiting Reset: Offensive Prospects

UCLA has eleven commitments from offensive players, including five on the offensive line and a huge, new commit from the nation's top-ranked tight end. With a just a few more offers to give to offensive recruits, here are some of the most likely to be Bruins...

As UCLA heads into the dead period, they cranked up recruiting in the past few weeks.  Several more offers have gone out in the past few weeks, and no news was bigger in UCLA recruiting than Presley committing to UCLA.

As of now, UCLA has 18 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, or even the full 25, since players always leave the program for a myriad of reasons, and a few could be candidates to do so.  With Adam Heater leaving the team, one opened up already.

To date, UCLA has 18 commitments, eleven being on offense, so they're close to filling their quota, while waiting for others to make their decision.  In the case of Brehaut, Presley and Taylor, each are enrolling early and count against last year's class, but are still obviously a part of the 85-class limit.  Four of UCLA's committed recruits on offense have been selected to the UnderArmour All-America Game in Orlando next month. 

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

This isn't going to be 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. He's also had a great senior season, 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).  Brehaut is graduating from high school in January and will enroll in March in time to be ready for spring practice, where he figures to be a factor in the quarterback derby. Offered

RUNNING BACKS:
UCLA landed an outstanding group of running backs last fall, with two playing as true freshman in Derrick Coleman and Aundre Dean and two redshirting in Johnathan Franklin and Milton Knox. It's not a great year for running backs in the West, and with a fully loaded, and very talented class of 2010 looming, UCLA will likely focus their efforts there. They've got a fullback in Allmond and a tailback in Hilliard, though Hilliard said UCLA is talking about moving him to defense.

Jayson Allmond, 6-1, 260, Bloomington (Calif.). COMMITTED. Allmond's commitment came in mid-October after being offered. Allmond is a pretty good athlete for his size, 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. COMMITTED. 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 offer he was waiting for. He took a visit to Arizona a week later, but took up UCLA on their offer, and committed to the Bruins. Hilliard was offered as an athlete, though, and he could end up playing in the secondary in college. 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 and are on the outside looking in. Offered

Other Running Backs Of Note:

Melvin Richardson, 5-10, 195, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Akil Sharp, 5-9, 190, Las Vegas (Nev.) Sierra Vista
Marcus Darden, 5-9, 185, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez

RECEIVERS:
UCLA signed a very good receiver group in the 2008 class, with Nelson Rosario, Jerry Johnson and Antwon Moutra and then Taylor Embree greyshirting. All but Johnson are playing as true freshman. The Bruins have only offered a handful of receivers but gotten commitments from two of them, who both come from top-programs. Several of their other offer recipients have committed elsewhere. The class of 2010, however, will be strong at the receiver spot, and UCLA has already gotten a commitment from a 2010 prospect in Los Alamitos (Calif.) receiver Paul Richardson.  Still UCLA is making a big effort with a pair of USC commits, and both have plans to visit UCLA in January.

Ricky Marvray, 6-0, 185, Corona (Calif.) Centennial. COMMITTED. Marvray made no secret about his desire to play for the Bruins. He's said numerous times, 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 help with other prospects in this class. Offered

Roby Toma, 5-9, 175, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou. COMMITTED. Toma was a surprising addition to the UCLA staff, but offensive coordinator Norm Chow, a Punahou alum, saw something he liked in Toma and the Bruins' offered him in October, which he accepted a week later. He and Hilliard are teammates and together, they're working on Manti Te'o and in keeping Hasiak on board. Toma is not the biggest, but he's quick and when we saw him in September in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic, he actually had a better game than Hilliard. He's also led Hawaii in receiving.  Few players have upped their stock like Toma.  He had a great showing in the Hawaii-Mainland All-Star Game, and made an even bigger impression that he thought, and eventually was selected to the UnderArmour All-America Game in Orlando. Offered

Randall Carroll, 5-11, 185, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral.  Carroll has had one of the more intriguing recruitments this season.  He committed to USC in September of 2007, but has spent much of the actual recruiting year looking at other schools.  He's already visited Cal, and he's planning to visit UCLA and Florida in January.  He's also planning a visit to Georgia, which was rescheduled from November, but that trip may be less and less likely.  UCLA has been on him for some time, and we're hearing that they're doing very well with him.  Cal seems like it could be the team to beat, and it will be interesting to see if he ends up taking an official visit to USC.   Offered

Devon Flournoy, 6-0, 175, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham.  Flournoy was another early commit to USC, though he's much more solid on his verbal to the Trojans than Carroll.  Flournoy committed to USC back in February, and seemed to be all locked up to go there, but of late, has been open to some other schools.  Cal and UCLA have joined the fray, with Flournoy having visited Cal this past weekend and he's planning to visit UCLA in January as well as USC.  Oregon is also involved and they could get a trip out of him.  Milton Knox, who seems to be hosting everyone on their official visits, and Donovan Carter, both played with Flournoy at Birmingham and Flournoy said they both are constantly working on him. 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.  He was supposed to visit UCLA the weekend of the USC game, but he's rescheduled it to be taken in January.  Offered

Other Receivers Of Note:

Travis Van Leeuwen, 6-3, 188, Provo (Utah) Timpview
Jerry Rice, 5-10, 180, Atherton (Calif.) Menlo
James Flynn, 6-0, 180, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Brett Ackerman, 6-4.5, 204, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Jeff Crissman, 6-1, 185, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison
Noel Grigsby, 5-10, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
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 played a lot this year With Logan Paulsen expected to receive a medical redshirt, the need for next year isn't as urgent, but UCLA went out and landed an 11th hour commitment from Presley, who enrolled the next day.  Presley's commitment, and Ertz's admission into Stanford, pretty much ended that relationship.  Which is fine by the Bruins, who got a coup in Presley.

Morrell Presley, 6-4, 228, Carson (Calif.).  COMMITTED.  Presley took a visit to UCLA the first weekend in December, when they hosted USC.  Then he had USC in for an in-home visit and then took an official visit to USC.  So it seemed like the Trojans had sealed their longtime commit.  But just a few days after his visit to USC, Presley switched it to UCLA. For good measure, he signed an "Intent to Enroll" with UCLA, after graduating last week, and he'll be on campus in early January.  Presley is obviously the star of the class, the lone five-star prospect and the best tight end in the nation.  He's also a victory of sorts for Rick Neuheisel, who was able to turn his first USC verbal since he's been in Westwood.  On so many levels, Presley is a huge get for the Bruins.  In relationship to this class, though, he's the lone tight end the Bruins need.  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. 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.  He's officially visiting UCLA in January.  Sanders could also end up playing defensive end in college. Offered

Other Tight Ends Of Note:

Gavin Escobar, 6-6, 210, Santa Margarita (Calif.)

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. They do have two, much-needed, commits though from the prep ranks and they also are looking at the JC ranks for some bodies, getting two commits there. The problem there is that both have some work academically to allow them to 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.  Capella will visit in January. Offered

Stan Hasiak, 6-6, 330, Kapolei (Hawaii). COMMITTED. Hasiak came out to Westwood in mid-October, taking in an official visit, and the trip was enough to get him on board, as he committed. 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. Hasiak visited Cal last month, and while he had a good time, he told us he remains solid to the Bruins. Hasiak will be visiting Washington and USC in January, and the Huskies could be the team to watch out for.  Washington hired Jim Michalzik, the offensive line coach formerly at Cal, and Hasiak has a good relationship with him. So UCLA will need to keep the press on until Signing Day. Offered

Ryan Taylor, 6-3, 305, Tyler (Texas) College. COMMITTED.  Taylor visited UCLA in mid-December, and was offered by the Bruin staff prior to his trip.  He took the official visit and committed that weekend.  Taylor has already signed his LOI with UCLA and he'll enroll in January like Presley and be ready to participate in spring practice.  Taylor will play inside, likely center for the Bruins.  He's a three-for-two guy, with a redshirt year available, if needed, but he's likely going to be in the rotation come spring and then fall. Offered

Eddie Williams, 6-0, 330, Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) College. COMMITTED. From the same program as quarterback Kevin Craft, Williams was another surprising offer, having committed upon being offered. He played defensive tackle through high school and his first year at Mt. SAC and could be a candidate to play on the defensive line in college. This season, he played center for Mt. SAC. He's got to do some more work to be able to transfer and he'll have three years to play his two seasons. Offered

Shawn Johnson, 6-5, 295, College of the Canyons (Calif.). COMMITTED. Johnson was the first JC OL that UCLA got a commitment from. He's a part of the always-strong Canyons offense, playing tackle. A local product, he prepped at Thousand Oaks HS, Johnson jumped on the UCLA offer immediately over offers from Florida International and Idaho. He's got some work to do, though, academically, to ensure his transfer. He's got two years to finish his two seasons of eligibility. Offered

Michael Philipp, 6-5, 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 he now seems to be wide open. 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, himself, and has struck up a friendship with Todd Golper, who's doing his part to recruit Philipp. If UCLA could land him, that would be another big step in rebuilding in the trenches. He visited UCLA earlier this month and Philipp has also visited Cal and Oregon officially and will visit Stanford and Oregon State in January. His brother is at Arizona and the Wildcats round out his top six but he's not planning on visiting Arizona officially. 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 they've made up some ground.  Martinez took a trip to UCLA in early December, when they hosted the Trojans, and he visited USC officially the week before.  He's also visited LSU and could visit Arkansas and Cal next month.  Martinez may decide at the UnderArmour All-America Game in Orlando next month, but likely would wait till his visits are done. Offered

Xavier Su'a-Filo, 6-5, 265, Provo (Utah) Timpview. Su'a-Filo came out to UCLA 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. UCLA is continuing to try and they will host the UnderArmour All-American in January. Offered

Nik Abele, 6-6, 250, Irvine (Calif.).  Abele is a versatile lineman, who can play on either side of the ball, but most schools like him as an offensive tackle.  His stock really rose this summer when he shined at the USC Rising Stars Camp, but on defense.  Yet his play on offense this summer has opened up a lot more opportunities for him, including offers from UCLA, Cal, Arizona State and Colorado.  He's visiting UCLA in early January and the Bruins are at the front of the pack for his signature. Offered

Chris Hubbard,, 6-4.5, 250, Columbus (Ga.) Carver. UCLA offered Hubbard in the later part of summer, and brought him out for an oficial visit in September. Hubbard loved his trip to California, but being that he's from the Southeast,he could be tough to pull from there, 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

Other Linemen Of Note:

Kevin Danser, 6-4, 295, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep
Gavin Pascarella, 6-5, 260, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Evan Finkenberg, 6-5, 275, Los Flores (Calif.) Tesoro
Ryan Shott, 6-6, 260, Mission Viejo (Calif.) Capistrano Valley
Jamaal Burrell, 6-5, 275, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Caylin Hauptmann, 6-5, 310, Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Matt Shinn, 6-4, 265, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos
David Born, 6-8, 320, Bakersfield (Calif.) West


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