In November, 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). This is a pretty detailed list of guys we know have been officially offered by Rick Neuheisel and his staff.
This list only includes those who've been offered, not players they may pursue, as we'll have that list in the near future.
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). UCLA offered him back in the spring. The Bruins' are one of almost 20 schools to have offered Heaps. BYU, Washington and Notre Dame, are some of the frontrunners for his services but late last month, Heaps narrowed it down to a top 10 and UCLA made that cut.
In what will be a loaded year for running backs in the West, UCLA has offered only one pure back, who may be the best pure running back in California next year: Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Malcolm Jones, who has been a household name since his freshman year with the Lions. UCLA offered Jones in mid-December after he helped lead the Lions to another CIF-SS title and despite his brother, Marshall, being at USC, we're hearing UCLA is doing very well with him.
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, who was the MVP of last month's U.S. Army All-American Combine. Seastrunk was offered by UCLA in the fall.
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. Richardson is familiar face to UCLA, his father having played for the Bruins from 1987-1990, teammates of receivers coach Reggie Moore and being coached by Neuheisel (when he was a UCLA assistant).
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. Baxter committed to the Trojans last summer and Bryant did so in February of his sophomore year.
The class of 2009 was one of the best for tight ends out West, but UCLA has also targeted a couple of Southland prospects from the 2010 class as well as Nevada's top player.
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 but we think he'll end up in the trenches when it's all said and done.
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. USC has also offered Thomas and they're the favorite.
In late fall, UCLA offered Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Xavier Grimble, the top prospect in Nevada in the class of 2010. UCLA is hoping to make it two years in a row of getting the top player in Nevada, but they'll have competition for Grimble, who has an offer from Oklahoma, where three former Gaels are either playing or have signed.
Tai-ler Jones from Gainesville (Ga.), was offered by UCLA last Monday, making it his 17th offer and he has offers from all over the country. He's a member of the early 2010 National 100.
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.
The Bruins have 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 this fall. 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 had been to some UCLA games last 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 was stellar after returning from an early season injury. Ward, in fact, was one of the first recipients of an official offer from UCLA in this class.
From a national standpoint, 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 almost 30 offers already, but the Bruins have been mentioned by him. He's one of the top 10 prospects in the country in the class of 2010.
UCLA has offered a trio 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.
The first one in Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola's Anthony Barr (6-4, 225), whom they offered on September 1st. 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.
Another one of those is La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis receiver/defensive back Dietrich Riley (6-0, 180). Riley was offered by UCLA and USC during the summer, but since then, has been offered by Arizona, Arizona State, Washington and Notre Dame. Riley, may well end up on the defensive side of the ball as a safety but he's hoping to stay on offense.
The last 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, Stanford and USC and Notre Dame could be next. Woods was named by Scout.com as the California Junior of the Year.
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. Martin committed to Notre Dame last week on Signing Day.
Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian defensive tackle Cassius Marsh was the third recipient of a UCLA offer, getting it towards the end of the fall. The top interior defensive linemen in SoCal, Marsh has offers from most of the Pac-10 and USC is one of his leaders. Marsh was at the UCLA-Stanford basketball game last weekend as a guest of UCLA.
Philadelphia (Penn.) Washington defensive tackle Shariff Floyd was the most recent player to pick up an offer from UCLA in the class of 2010, getting it in late January. He had a dominant performance at the U.S. Army All-American Combine, and has begun to make a national name for himself after first being a hot commodity regionally.
The first linebacker UCLA offered was a familiar name, at least to new defensive coordinator, 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. But with Bullough having since been promoted to the coordinator position, the Bruins could get back into it.
UCLA 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 and expect plenty more schools to follow suit for who may be the best linebacker in the West in the class of 2010.
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. In fact, when we talked to him last month at the UnderArmour Combine in Orlando, he mentioned UCLA as one of the few schools west of the Mississippi he's even considering.