Football Recruiting Guide

Here's an updated look at how UCLA is doing in football recruiting -- the recruits committed and the ones they're pursuing -- by position. This is the best guide you'll have to football recruiting crunch time leading up to signing day on February 5th...

Running Back:

 

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

 

Maurice Drew, 5-8, 200, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle. COMMITTED

 

Drew's commitment is a huge one for the new UCLA coaching staff. Drew, the #6-ranked running back in the nation, almost single-handedly makes the recruiting season a success for the new staff.  William's commitment is also a great one. Williams is a stud all-around athlete and has the chance to play on either side of the ball.  


Fullback:

 

Michael Pitre, 5-11, 250, Orange (Calif.) El Modena. COMMITTED

 

Joe Tomasello, 6-0, 220, Fresno (Calif.) City College. COMMITTED

 

Some scouting reports indicate that Pitre is vastly underrated and a real stud.  Tomasello was taken primarily as a longsnapper.

 

Tight End:

 

Will not probably sign one.

 

Wide Receiver:

 

Alex Ghebreselassie, 6-3, 185, Bonita Vista (Calif.) Chula Vista. COMMITTED

 

Joe Cowan, 6-4, 190, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. COMMITTED

 

UCLA has a commitment from Ghebreselassie and now, as of just this morning, Cowan.  It's a pretty good class, with good size and speed. Cowan is also an exceptional safety and could end up playing defense.

 

It looks like UCLA might be a longshot for any other receiver prospect at this point. Quintin Daniels, 6-0, 180, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola, has verbally committed to Washington. He said the door is still slightly open for UCLA, but it looks doubtful.  

 

Some others that could be possibilities are:  

 

-- Devin Stearns, 6-0, 190, Gardena (Calif.) Serra, who might be leaning to go away (see the recent interview we did with him).

 

-- Top five national receiver Robert Meachem, 6-1, 205, Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington (recent story), who would make this a huge wide receiver class, but it's looking unlikely.

 

-- Mark Bradford, 6-1, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont (recent update), who UCLA will continue to try with, even though it looks like it might be too little too late.  He has been recruited hard by LSU and Stanford for a long time.

 

-- Matt Slater, 5-11, 185, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, the son of former Los Angeles Rams Hall of Famer Jackie Slater, who has very good speed and tripped to UCLA on the weekend of January 24th.  

 

Quarterback:

 

 Will probably not sign one.

 

Offensive Linemen:

 

Nikola Dragovic, 6-3, 270, Vista (Calif.) Rancho Buena Vista.  COMMITTED

 

P.J. Irvin, 6-4, 280, Agoura (Calif.) Agoura Hills. COMMITTED

 

UCLA might take these two and call it a day for this recruiting season.  Hercules Satele, 6-2, 250, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, is a last-minute possibility, though. Satele is quick and athletic and proved himself his senior year as a very good center prospect.  There is also a possibility of another offensive line recruit, who is committed to another school and might visit UCLA officially.

Defensive Tackle:

 

Chadd Evans, 6-3, 260, Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington. COMMITTED

 

Along with defensive end, it's the real need position.  How well UCLA does in defensive line recruiting in the next week could go a long way in determining whether Karl Dorrell's recruiting was successful this January. Evans is considered a solid get, but UCLA needs some elite talent.  Kevin Brown, 6-2, 270, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, is the key one here.  He now has Florida State and UCLA 50-50 with the two schools getting in-home visits this week. With his mom wanting him to stay close to home, you'd have to think UCLA might be in a better position than FSU.

 

Sedrick Ellis, 6-2, 270, Chino (Calif.) High, is committed to USC and would have to do some extra academic work to get into UCLA.   There is also Brandon Mebane, 6-1, 260, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw, who is committed to Cal. Both are extreme longshots at this point.

 

Defensive End:

 

Noah Sutherland, 6-5, 250, Virginia Beach (Virg.) Floyd Kellam. COMMITTED

 

Aaron Whittington, 6-3, 210, St. Louis (Missouri) Hazelwood East. COMMITTED

 

Bruce Davis, 6-3, 235, League City (Tex.) Clear Creek, COMMITTED

 

Sutherland could also end up a defensive tackle.  Whittington is a wild card. He has brothers in the NFL that were about his same size as seniors in high school, and they're quite a bit bigger now. He's athletic and if he gets bigger could be a very good get. Davis is considered a bit commit and a potential star.  He reconfirmed his commitment to UCLA this weekend -- the one he informed BRO of a couple of weeks ago.  Davis and Whittington both could end up linebackers, depending on their size and what suits them best. 

 

The big fish here on the line is Junior Lemau'u, 6-5, 245, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, the #15-ranked defensive end in the country. Lemau'u was saying he was leaning to UCLA, then verbally committed to California when he hadn't heard back from UCLA on whether they had academically accepted him. On the same day he verballed to Cal, UCLA accepted him. Since then, his commitment to Cal is soft and he took his official visit to UCLA. The word is that it looks very good for him.     Philip Rauscher, 6-3, 240, Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon, is a backup option here, but it's uncertain if UCLA would go to it. 

Linebacker:

 

The top target is Michael Okwo, 6-0, 210, Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa.  It's between UCLA and Stanford for the #15-ranked linebacker in the country. His trip to UCLA on January 24th was postponed until January 31st, and that could hopefully seal the deal. His parents want him at Stanford, but he didn't think he fit in there on his official visit. It could be a question of whether his parents demand he go to Stanford. 

 

William Snead, 6-4, 210, Oakland (Calif.) Skyline, is also a guy UCLA really wants. He ha been recruited as a defensive end, but might project as a strongside linebacker position. He's has very good quickness, and was a great speed rusher in high school. It's between UCLA and Cal, and a few close to the situation thought that Cal was the slight leader last week but it might have changed recently.


Cornerback:

 

Trey Brown, 5-11, 185, Overland Park (Kans.) Blue Valley Northwest. COMMITTED.

 

Brown is the son of former UCLA great, Theotis Brown. Despite not being ranked high, Brown looked good in UCLA's summer camp last year.  It looks like UCLA could pick up another corner prospect in Milvon James, 5-11, 185, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont. James has verbally committed to Oregon, but grew up a UCLA fan. He officially visited January 24th and the reports are he committed.


Safety:

 

Dennis Keyes, 6-1, 190, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham. COMMITTED

 

Chris Horton, 6-2, 190, New Orleans (Louis.) De La Salle. COMMITTED

 

It's huge that UCLA will keep Keyes in the fold. Not only for how it looks, but because he's a great prospect. He could even end up a runnin gback. Horton really came on his senior season and is considered a very good get.     


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