Here is a look at some of the prospects UCLA has either offered or expected to pursue heavily in the waning weeks of the evaluation period and at their two camps (1-Day on June 6th and 3-Day from June 21st -23rd).
It's not a great year for quarterbacks, especially in comparison to last year, but there are a few who've emerged as targets and prospects. UCLA will need to bring in one quarterback. They're in the rare position where they have three quarterbacks who are either freshman or redshirt freshman. But they need depth at the spot.
Austin Hinder, 6-5, 180, Steamboat Springs (Colo.).
Hinder is the #28-ranked QB in the country, but that appears to be a bit of an under-estimate at this point, given the schools that are on Hinder. He has the one, lone UCLA scholarship offer from of any quarterback who hasn't committed somewhere. The Colorado passer took an unofficial visit to Westwood in April and enjoyed his time with the Bruin staff. UCLA is amongst a long group of schools, but Cal looks like they're in the drivers seat for Hinder. Other schools that Hinder is strongly considering include Alabama, Colorado, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Stanford. Offered.
Jesse Scroggins, 6-2, 191, Lakewood (Calif.).
Scroggins, currently the #12-ranked QB in the nation, has emerged as possibly the best passer in SoCal in the class of 2010, and he has offers from all over the country. UCLA could make a bigger move for him, but the question will be, is it too late? He's said he will likely camp at UCLA in the spring.
Brett Nottingham, 6-4, 215, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista.
Nottingham has UCLA ties and a lot of interest in the Bruins. He's going to camp in June and he's one of the hottest prospects to emerge this spring. He's ranked #39 in the nation at quarterback, but scouts are starting to realize that's too low for Nottingham. A big kid with a strong arm, Nottingham is the top quarterback prospect in NorCal and, thanks to a strong showing at the Badger/Scout 7on7 and then the Nike Camp and Elite 11 workouts, Nottingham's stock should continue to increase. His sisters both attended UCLA and he was at a handful of games last fall. Norm Chow is expected to visit Monte Vista this spring.
Peter Thomas, 6-5, 200, El Cajon (Calif.) Valhalla.
The 6-5 slinger is the #9-ranked QB in the nation and one of the strongest quarterbacks in the state and, for whatever reason, most of his attention is coming from the Midwest and East Coast. He's an excellent student, with a 4.0 GPA, and high upside on the field, but he will likely need to attend UCLA's camp to see where he stands with the Bruins.
Other Quarterbacks to watch:
Ryan Kasdorf, 6-2, 205, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Tyler Shreve, 6-4, 215, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley
Bryan Bennett, 6-3, 185, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Turner Baty, 6-2, 180, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Sean Mannion, 6-5, 205, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Chase Rettig, 6-3, 201, San Clemente (Calif.)
Andrew Manley, 6-3, 225, Wahiawa (Hawaii) Leilua
Nick Hirschman, 6-4, 215, Los Gatos (Calif.)
No position is more talent-laden this year in California than in the backfield and UCLA has offered several running backs.
Malcolm Jones, 6-1, 215, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian.
The #3-ranked tailback in the nation and the top back in California, Jones is a must-get on numerous levels: his talent is evident and UCLA could sure use a player from Oaks Christian, with only Aaron Ware coming from the Lions' program to Westwood. Jones could be an elite linebacker if that's where he focused, but running back is where UCLA likes him. He has offers from all over the Pac-10, and UCLA, Stanford and Oklahoma lead. USC is also a factor, thanks to his older brother, Marshall, playing there. Offered.
Anthony Barr, 6-4, 215, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola.
The first running back UCLA offered this year, Barr was offered on September 1st, and Rick Neuheisel is plenty familiar with his son, Jerry's teammate. Ranked #6 in the country, Barr is another one like Jones in that he could be an elite defender, but he's not really played there (like Jones has), and running back is the spot he's most comfortable. He's a big and powerful athlete. Notre Dame has to be considered the favorite thanks to his family ties to the Irish, but USC, UCLA, Stanford and Cal are all trying to keep him in-state. Offered.
Jordon James, 5-11, 190, Corona (Calif.).
Few backs have been as hot on the recruiting trail this spring as James, and he has offers stretching across the country, from the Pac-10 down to Florida, out to Notre Dame and from Oklahoma as well. James, who has moved up from practically nowhere to being ranked the #12 tailback in the nation, is a speedster, but he can be an every-down back in college. He's fully recovered from an arm injury that robbed him of half of his junior year. James was selected to the UnderArmour All-America Game and has said he'll likely announce there. Offered.
Anthony Wilkerson, 6-2, 220, Tustin (Calif.).
From the same prep program that produced former UCLA star back DeShaun Foster, Wilkerson has Foster's schools records in sight. Ranked #26 in the nation, he has a half-dozen offers, including Pac-10 offers from UCLA, Washington and Stanford. Washington has signed his teammate, Chris Robinson, UCLA was his childhood favorite, but his family is favoring Stanford, thanks to their academics. He said he's not in a rush to decide. Offered.
Lache Seastrunk, 5-11, 192, Temple (Texas).
The #2 running back in the country, Seastrunk is a longshot, with offers from all over the country, but he was one of the few elite, out-of-state guys that UCLA has offered, and while they have their work cut out for them, they're going to try. Offered.
James McConico, 6-0, 195, Compton (Calif.).
McConico, ranked #5 among running backs in the nation, may have the most upside and the best combination of speed and strength of any running back in the state. A gifted back with nine offers, McConico is still waiting on an in-state offer from the Pac-10. The hang-up with McConico has been track, and to some extent, grades. He said he has a verbal offer from UCLA, pending continued improvement in the classroom.
Other Running Backs to watch:
Deontae Cooper, 6-0, 200, Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill
Cameron Roberson, 6-1, 220, Newbury Park (Calif.)
Anthony Brown, 5-11, 185, Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser
Adonis Smith, 5-11, 200, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra
Ricky Seale, 5-11, 185, Escondido (Calif.)
Kyle Middlebrooks, 6-0, 200, Fountain Valley (Calif.)
UCLA already has a commitment from one receiver, and he's a good one, in Richardson, and they're being picky with the rest of their receiver scholarships.
Paul Richardson, 6-1, 185, Gardena (Calif.) Serra. COMMITTED.
Richardson's father played for the Bruins and UCLA was able to get an early verbal from him, but more and more schools have extended offers to him and are hoping to see where they stand. He will take some visits during the summer and fall and, while he says UCLA is his clear number one, he's definitely interested in going through the process some more. He's ranked the 17th best receiver in the country. Offered.
Robert Woods, 6-1, 170, Gardena (Calif.) Serra.
The #6-ranked receiver in the nation, Woods may be the best skill position player in the West this year, and he 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. He's also a gifted track guy and has been focusing on track during the spring. Offered.
Kenny Stills, 6-1, 190, Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon.
Stills is probably the best pure receiver on the West Coast, a combination of quickness, excellent hands, crisp route running and playmaking ability. He has rocketed up to the #11-ranked receiver in the nation, and now is in double-digits for offers, including from all the in-state Pac-10 programs. UCLA offered him after a stellar performance at the Nike Camp, but USC, who was his favorite growing up, offered him in the last few weeks, leaving a big impression on him. Offered.
Dietrich Riley, 6-1, 195, La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis.
Riley is an athlete who can play receiver, running back or safety. He was offered by UCLA last summer, but he's been offered by schools all over the country and he will be patient in choosing a school. He's ranked as the #7 safety in the nation. Lately, he's talked more and more about playing out of state, but USC has been the one local school getting the most attention from him. Offered.
Anthony Jefferson, 6-1, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral.
Jefferson has offers from all over the country, and especially the Pac-10, and he's one of the few guys at this position who really could play on either side of the ball in college. UCLA offered him as an athlete, while several schools have offered him specifically as a receiver, with USC offering him as a corner. The Trojans were his childhood favorite, but he's also close with Randall Carroll, the UCLA signee who he played with at Cathedral. Ranked #39 in the nation at receiver. Offered.
Kenneth Scott, 6-2, 180, Ontario (Calif.) Colony.
Scott, ranked 25th in the nation, is a player who is hoping for a UCLA offer, and he could end up with one by the end of the camp season. The question, though, could be at what position. He has a handful of mid-major offers as a receiver, but more schools are keen to the idea of him playing corner. Scott is close friends with Sheldon Price and Brandon Sermons, who signed with UCLA in February, and he's said that UCLA would be his favorite should they offer.
Dres Anderson, 6-2, 170, Riverside (Calif.) North.
Anderson has Bruin bloodlines of his own, his father Willie "Flipper" Anderson being a target for Neuheisel with UCLA in the 1980s, and his uncle Paco Craig also playing for the Bruins. Anderson has a couple of mid-major offers, but he has said he's hopeful to get an offer from UCLA and that it would be difficult for him to turn it down.
Other Receivers to watch:
Bobby Ratliff, 6-2, 175, Etiwanda (Calif.)
Tyler Slavin, 6-3, 185, Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt
Kevin Anderson, 6-1, 185, Lakewood (Calif.)
Sean Linton, 6-2, 185, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix
Marcus Lucas, 6-4, 185, Liberty (Mo.)
Kaelin Clay, 5-10, 175, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Brando Tessar, 6-1, 185, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
UCLA has offered four tight ends, a year after landing the nation's best, since they lose two to graduation this next year. Two of the prospects they have committed to USC (Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer).
Christian Thomas, 6-4, 218, Palmdale (Calif.) Highland.
Thomas is one of the top five tight ends in the country (currently ranked #3) and he told us after his unofficial visit to UCLA earlier this spring that the Bruins are right in the mix with USC, who was the first school to offer him. He has offers from all over the country, and UCLA is hoping to continue to make headway with him, especially with it getting crowded at tight end at USC. He is UCLA's primary focus at tight end at the moment, so watch for UCLA to try to get a commitment out of him by the end of the summer. Offered.
John Young, 6-5, 257, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola.
Young is an intriguing prospect who likely will grow into an offensive tackle down the line, even though Scout.com has him ranked as the #13 tight end in the nation. He's a big kid and after we watched him play last fall we see the offensive line being his likely destination. He was offered as an athlete by the Bruins, who offered him first on September 1st. Offered.
Other Tight Ends to watch:
Pierce Richardson, 6-5, 225, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Tyler Perry, 6-5, 240, Ventura (Calif.) Buena
Kendall Montgomery, 6-6, 240, Miami (Fla.) Monsignor Pace
Asante Cleveland, 6-5, 220, Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers
In mid-January, UCLA was probably praying that they'd sign a good 2009 offensive line class and make a big impression on the 2010 offensive linemen. The 2009 class up front ended up being pretty strong, and it definitely boosted UCLA's chances with two of the best offensive linemen in the West. The Bruins also are in the mix for the OL who is considered the top overall prospect in the country.
Chris Ward, 6-5, 285, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei.
The first offensive lineman UCLA offered in-state, Ward comes from a program that UCLA has historically struggled to recruit. The good news for UCLA is that Ward has the Bruins as one of his leaders, along with Cal. He's attended Junior Day and could camp this summer. Ward is the #8-ranked tackle in the country. Offered.
Erik Kohler, 6-5, 265, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian.
Another one of the early-offer guys from UCLA, and another guy UCLA will have to battle Cal to get. Kohler, the #7-ranked OT in the nation, was offered by Notre Dame and Oklahoma, and Oregon could also be getting more involved. UCLA and Cal are in front at this point for him and he also likes Washington and Stanford a good deal. He showed up to UCLA practice this spring in Bruin gear. Offered.
Seantrel Henderson, 6-8, 331, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Durham.
Henderson is the top lineman in the country, and Scout.com's top-ranked prospect overall. UCLA has been mentioned in his top seven for months, though he's likely staying in the Midwest. Still, UCLA will keep doing whatever they can to get a trip out of him. Offered.
Brent Benedict, 6-6, 290, Jacksonville (Fla.) The Bolles.
Ranked #13 at offensive tackle, Benedict was one of the first recipients of a UCLA offer and they're being mentioned in his top seven. But with Southern programs like Clemson, Georgia and the defending champions at Florida having offered, it's going to be difficult to get him out of there. Offered.
Torrian Wilson, 6-4, 315, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern. Any recruitnik knows that UCLA getting a highly-sought prospect from the state of Florida is naturally a longshot, but Wilson might be different. He's a good student, which has gotten him interested in both UCLA and Stanford. Michigan and Tennessee round out his top four, and he says he'll visit Westwood this fall. Offered.
Alex Crosthwaite, 6-4, 295, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic.
Crosthwaite has a half-dozen offers but UCLA has been by his school. The UCLA coaching staff told him to come to their 1-Day Camp, where a good performance could secure a Bruin offer. The top offensive lineman in San Diego, ranked the #25 offensive tackle in the nation, Crosthwaite could play either tackle or guard in college.
Giovanni Di Paolo, 6-5, 265, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure.
Di Paolo, the 29th best OT in the country, has some UCLA bloodlines of his own, his grandfather playing in the Rose Bowl for the Bruins. He has a handful of offers and, while UCLA has family in its favor, he's heavily favoring USC. Still, he's planning to camp at UCLA in the spring. Di Paolo could probably play any of the offensive line spots in college.
Other Offensive Linemen to watch:
Matthew Jakubiec, 6-8, 272, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
John Cullen, 6-6, 285, Fullerton (Calif.) College
Derek Stickney, 6-6.5, 305, Placentia (Calif.) El Dorado
Daniel Munyer, 6-3, 265, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Tyler Sulka, 6-5, 270, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Colin Tanigawa, 6-4, 250, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Ben Loth, 6-4, 250, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
David Peterson, 6-4, 270, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley
Wade Yandall, 6-4.5, 280, Carson (Calif.)
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