2010 Recruiting Wish List: Offense

Football recruiting is starting to heat up going into the spring evaluation period in May, and UCLA has already offered a good number of prospects and is closely watching others. Here's your early list of guys that it looks like UCLA has already targeted or will be targeting for 2010...

Now that we've given you an early look at some of the top prospects in the West, and other names to watch, here is a look at some of the prospects we expect UCLA to really target or watch closely in the next few months, especially during the spring evaluation period.

Quarterbacks

Jake Heaps from Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline is the top quarterback prospect in the West and UCLA made his early Top 10, but UCLA will have its work cut out for them in landing Heaps, who's also been offered by hometown Washington, BYU and Notre Dame, among others.

That could mean Peter Thomas becomes the next West Coast target of UCLA, and Thomas will be on campus on Thursday night and will meet with the coaching staff.  The 6-5 slinger from Valhalla HS in El Cajon may be the top quarterback prospect in the state and he's also an excellent student, with a 4.0.

UCLA already had Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame quarterback Ryan Kasdorf on campus last month for a mini-Junior Day and he's very interested in the Bruins.

Nick Montana from Oaks Christian HS attended a couple Bruin games last fall but, with a lot of out-of-state attention, is most likely headed outside of California.

Tyler Shreve from Redlands (Calif.) East Valley is another passer UCLA has invited to come out for Junior Day but he's also a gifted baseball player with a potential career on the diamond.

Other in-state targets could include Encino (Calif.) Crespi's Bryan Bennett and Brett Nottingham from Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista, who's had family at UCLA and attended some games last fall.

From out-of-state, Joe Boisture from Michigan was expected to be on campus this week and Turner Baty, who's now at defending national champion St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale (Fla.), after being at Menlo-Atherton HS in the Bay Area last fall, is interested in UCLA, camping there last summer, wit his mom being an alum. He was at the UCLA/USC game as well.  Terrence Broadway from Louisiana also has high interest in UCLA.

Running Backs

No position is more talent-laden this year in California than the offensive backfield, and UCLA has offered three Los Angeles-area running backs in Malcolm Jones from Oaks Christian, Anthony Barr from Loyola and Anthony Wilkerson from Tustin.

Jones is probably the "biggest fish" of the running back targets for UCLA, the second back from in-state to get an offer, and without a true running back signed in the class of 2009, UCLA will likely try to bring in at least two backs in the class of 2010.  UCLA would like to get Jones, for obvious talent reasons, but also to make in-roads at Oaks Christian.

Wilkerson received an offer from the Bruins last week. The prospect comes from the same high school as DeShaun Foster and UCLA was his childhood favorite, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the Bruins are among his favorites, even though recently, after attending the Cal Junior Day, he indicated Cal could be the leader. 

Barr is a Notre Dame legacy and the feeling is he's Notre Dame's to lose, but UCLA will keep trying with him.  Barr's best position in college may very well be outside linebacker, but if running back is where he stays, he'll probably be an everydown back.

While those three are the only in-state guys with offers, UCLA is watching closely several other in-state backs, like Deontae Cooper from Perris Citrus Hill, James McConico from Compton, Jordon James from Corona, Trajuan Briggs from Van Nuys Birmingham, Brennan Clay from San Diego Scripps Ranch and Ricky Seale from Escondido.

From out of state, Lache Seastrunk from Texas has a UCLA offer, among a host of others, and UCLA is a longshot at best to land him but the Bruins are trying.  Austin White from Michigan is a member of the Scout 100 and UCLA is on a Midwest-heavy list.

Receivers

UCLA already has a commitment from one receiver, Paul Richardson from Los Alamitos, who's one of the elite receivers in the West.  Richardson's father played for the Bruins and UCLA was able to get an early verbal from him.

The Bruins will probably bring in no more than three receivers, and they've offered a handful of elite, talented players at the position, but guys that they'll have to wait on a while to see what they'll decide.

Dietrich Riley, who can play receiver, running back or safety, was offered by UCLA last summer, but he's been offered by schools from all over the country. The La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis product will be patient in choosing a school.

Robert Woods may be the best skill position player in the West this year, and the Gardena (Calif.) Serra athlete has offers from all over as well.  Woods is the focus of each of the California Pac-10 schools efforts, and Cal and USC will be two of UCLA's fiercest opponents in landing him.

Kenneth Scott from Ontario Colony is a player who is hoping for a UCLA offer and the Scout 100 member is a guy who could end up with an offer by the end of the evaluation period.  Scott is close friends with Sheldon Price and Brandon Sermons, who signed with UCLA last month and he's said that UCLA would be his favorite should they offer.

Anthony Jefferson from Los Angeles Cathedral has an offer from Cal and likes both USC and UCLA.  The Bruins will be watching him closely and could decide soon what kind of effort they'll make for him.

Tai-ler Jones is UCLA's primary out-of-state target at receiver and the Georgia native has been giving UCLA ample attention in return.

Missouri product Marcus Lucas and Texas prospect Darius White along with Mississippi prospect Robert Johnson are on UCLA's watch list.

Other standout in-state receivers UCLA will be keeping tabs on are Encinitas La Costa Canyon's Kenny Stills, Etiwanda's Bobby Ratliff and Corona Roosevelt teammates Austin Hill and Tyler Slavin.

Tight Ends

UCLA has offered three tight ends, a year after landing the nation's best, since they lose two to graduation this next year.  

One is John Young, from Los Angeles Loyola, who very likely grow into an offensive tackle down the line.  He's a big kid, at 6-4, 240, and after we watched him play this last fall, see the offensive line being his likely destination.

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Xavier Grimble is picking up offers from all over the country. The two BCS championship game participants -- Florida and Oklahoma -- join UCLA in offering the top prospect in Nevada.  Grimble likes UCLA, as they were his first BCS offer, and the Bruins did have success in landing Nevada's top prospect this past year in Keenan Graham.

The Bruins are also making an effort for Palmdale (Calif.) Highland's Christian Thomas, who told us his unofficial visit to UCLA last month went very well and the Bruins are right in the mix with USC, who was the first school to offer him.

Other tight ends UCLA could pursue are Rancho Cucamonga's Randall Telfer, Ventura Buena's Tyler Perry and Encino Crespi's Pierce Richardson.

Offensive Line

UCLA ended up pulling out a good offensive line class for 2009, but they've definitely been looking toward 2010 in terms of OL recruits. The good news is that UCLA is doing very well with two of the best offensive lineman in the West.

One of those is Santa Ana Mater Dei's Chris Ward, the first offensive lineman UCLA offered in-state.  Ward comes from a program where UCLA has historically struggled to recruit, but Ward has the Bruins as one of his leaders, along with Cal. He's expected at Junior Day this weekend.

Oaks Christian's Erik Kohler, another one of the early offer guys from UCLA, is a prospect UCLA will battle Cal to get.  Kohler was offered by Notre Dame last week and the Irish made an impression, but UCLA and Cal are in front at this point for him.

UCLA has offered Brent Benedict from Florida and Seantrel Henderson from Minnesota.  Henderson, in fact, may be the top lineman in the country and UCLA has been mentioned in his top ten, though he's likely staying in the Midwest.

Other offensive linemen UCLA will watch are Anaheim Servite's Matthew Jakubiec, San Diego Cathedral's Alex Crosthwaite, Ventura St. Bonaventure's Giovanni DiPaolo, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame's Ben Gottschalk and Encino Crespi's Ben Loth.


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