Predicting the Recruiting Class

Yes, of course, we know it's foolish to even attempt, but going into UCLA's biggest recruiting weekend, we thought it was appropriate to make some foolhardy predictions about who will be the remainder of the recruits that will commit to UCLA this season...

UCLA has 20 scholarships available. They currently have nine commitments, but probably only eight of those will go against this class. It's believed the JC longsnapper Joe Tomasello will enroll in time for spring practice,  thus his ride will go against last year's count.


So, UCLA has 20 scholarships, and has given out eight against that total (This is also not counting Jeremy Harrell, the OL from Texas who had verbally committed to UCLA but then opened up his recruitment).  


That means they have 12 more to give. They could, though, very well, have more scholarships open up by next fall, which always happens, and could take commitments from more than 20 recruits in February.


So, this is the way it could shake out.


Going out on a limb, you can predict they get 5 commitments from among the guys tripping this weekend: 


Aaron Whittington, DE/LB, 6-3, 215, St. Louis (Mis.) Hazelwood East
Bruce Davis, DE/LB, 6-3, 220, League City (Tex.) Clear Creek
Noah Smith, WR/DB, 5-11, 180, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Jared Naylor, DT, 6-3, 270, 4.9, Tulsa (Oklahoma) Union
Blake Smith, DE, 6-3, 245, 4.7, Tulsa (Oklahoma) Union                                           

Davis has said he wants to be a Bruin, even though he still might not commit after the trip. Whittington sounds like he wants to commit.  Naylor and Smith sound as if they will come; it would be hard to imagine Smith choosing Colorado State over UCLA and Naylor doesn't have a comparable offer.  With Noah Smith, Cal probably leads, but UCLA has a good chance to overtake Cal and it's the school his father attended.  


So that leaves at least 7 scholarships still available. With those seven, going out on a limb a bit again, it appears that the highest-priority prospects that they have the best chance of getting are:


Junior Lemau'u, DE, 6-5, 245, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Kevin Brown, DT, 6-2, 275, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Sedrick Ellis, DT, 6-2, 260, Chino (Calif.) High

Maurice Drew, RB, 5-9, 190, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle


Lemau'u still has to get past UCLA's academics, so there is some doubt, but we'll count him anyway.  UCLA looks very strong with Brown and Ellis. We'll see how Brown does on his FSU trip and Ellis on his USC trip.  UCLA, many sources believe, is in the driver's seat for Drew at this point.  


That leaves three scholarships, minimum. With those last three, the most likely possiblities would be:


Quintin Daniels, WR/DB, 6-0, 180, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola

Derrick Williams, RB, 6-0, 200, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

Dennis Dixon, QB, 6-4, 185, San Leandro (Calif.) High

Kyle Caldwell, DL, 6-3, 265, 4.62, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro

Devin Stearns, WR, 6-0, 186, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Robert Killebrew, LB. 6-1, 210, 4.5, Klein (Texas) High

William Snead, DE/LB, 6-4, 215, Oakland (Calif.) Skyline

Chris Horton, S, 6-2, 195, New Orleans (Louisiana) De La Salle

Brandon Mebane, DT, 6-1, 260, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw

Michael Okwo, LB, 6-1, 200, Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa

Craig Stevens, TE, 6-4, 225, Rolling Hills (Calif.) Palos Verdes Peninsula

Joe Cowan, WR/S, 6-4, 200, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

Jeremy Harrell, OL, 6-2, 285, Texarkana (Tex.) Texas

Rob Lewis, DE/LB, 6-5, 210, Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep

Clarence Simpson, DB, 6-3, 190, Sylmar (Calif.) High

Shannon Sevor, CB, 5-11, 180, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep

Kyle Gunther, OL, 6-4, 270, Camarillo (Calif.) High

Matt Reese, OL, 6-7, 325, Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial


Daniels just fell out with Stanford, so he's more than likely UCLA's to take.  UCLA leads for Williams, but will he want to come if Drew does?  Okwo has Stanford leading and looks to have the academics to get past Stanford's admissions. But then again, it looked that way with Daniels.  Mebane could very well end up taking a visit to UCLA.  It's believed that once UCLA gets Stevens in for a visit, he'd commit.  Simpson maintains he's firm with his Cal commitment, but some think otherwise.  Sevor is a result of the Bellarmine connection with Craig Bragg; if UCLA offers it's pretty certain he'd commit.   UCLA might be backing away from Gunther, looking for more OT than OG types.  It's uncertain as to whom will be all of those OT prospects, but Reese could be one.

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