UCLA Recruiting Reset: Offense

While UCLA has 7 commitments on defense for 2010, they only have one on offense, but they're seriously involved with some elite talent, like Malcolm Jones, Chris Ward, and Paul Richardson...

With the contact period in full swing, UCLA coaches have already had one night "out," when they go to high school football games to scout and watch prospects. Last Friday, Rick Neuheisel used a helicopter to get to four different games.

They'll be out again tonight, which is pretty typical during a bye week.

The Bruins have only one offensive commitment so far, from Nottingham, but they're still in the mix for several key offensive prospects.

Quarterbacks (Will Take: 1)

At one point, it looked like UCLA might take a pass on quarterbacks in the class of 2010, but Nottingham made a big impression and got the offer. With needs elsewhere, Nottingham will be the only quarterback the Bruins will bring in.

Brett Nottingham, 6-4, 215, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista. COMMITTED. Nottingham had UCLA ties and a lot of interest in the Bruins but UCLA offered Austin Hinder and Taylor Graham before him. But Nottingham didn't give up on his chance to impress the UCLA coaches, coming to the final day of the UCLA Three Day Camp and throwing for the coaches. That earned him an offer which he accepted that day. 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 shot through the roof. His sisters both attended UCLA and he was at a handful of games last fall so when UCLA offered, he said it was a "dream come true." So far, he's off to an excellent start in 2009, with 325 yards a game passing and three touchdowns a game averages. Offered.

Running Backs (Will Take: 1 or 2)**

No position is more talent-laden this year in California than in the backfield and UCLA has offered several Cali prospects.

Malcolm Jones, 6-1, 215, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. 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 but he wants to carry the ball. He's got offers from all over the Pac-10, but he's narrowed it down to UCLA and Stanford. He visited UCLA unofficially last week and will visit Stanford officially. He's expected to make a decision in the next week. Offered.

Anthony Barr, 6-4, 215, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. The first running back UCLA offered in this class, Barr was offered on September 1st of 2008 and Rick Neuheisel is plenty familiar with Barr, with Neuheisel's son Jerry the quarterback at Loyola. Barr is another one like Jones in that he could be an elite defender, but he's not really played there (unlike Jones), and running back is the spot he's the most comfortable at. He's a big and powerful athlete. Notre Dame is still 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. Barr had his season come to an end in week two with an ankle fracture, and rumors are swirling that this actually may make his desire to stay closer to home a little more strong. Offered.

Jordon James, 5-10, 190, Corona (Calif.). James is a speedster, but he can be an everydown back in college. He was one of the standouts at the Scout.com Combine. James was selected to the UnderArmour All-America Game and he will announce there. He's already taken one official visit, to Washington and has set up his remaining four official visits, to California, Notre Dame, Arizona and then for UCLA, and he'll visit the Bruins officially in late November. James suffered a shoulder injury last weekend, but it's only supposed to sideline him for a week or two. Offered.

Lache Seastrunk, 5-11, 192, Temple (Texas). 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. In fact, UCLA coaches will be in Texas tonight to see him play. Offered.

Other Running Backs to watch:
James McConico, 6-0, 195, Compton (Calif.)
Adonis Smith, 5-11, 200, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra
Emery Schexnayder, 6-0, 205, Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North
Ricky Seale, 5-11, 185, Escondido (Calif.)
Kyle Middlebrooks, 6-0, 200, Fountain Valley (Calif.)
Patrone Wood, 5-11, 250, Ygnacio Valley (Calif.)
Bronson Green, 6-1, 218, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola (FB)

**We've also heard that UCLA has been looking for a JC fullback, but we don't know specifically which recruits.

Receivers (Will Take: 2; 3 if elite)

UCLA once had a commitment from Richardson, and while he's open, he could end up back with the Bruins. UCLA will likely bring in no more than three receivers in this class.

Paul Richardson, 6-1, 185, Gardena (Calif.) Serra. Richardson's father played for the Bruins and UCLA was able to get an early verbal from him but more and more schools extended offers to him which caused him to open things up. He will take some visits during the fall, including to Cal and Arizona State, and while he says UCLA is number one, he's definitely interested in going through the process some more so UCLA will have to keep recruiting him. 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 ran a 4.31 forty (laser-timed) at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles, en route to MVP honors. He has visits set for all over the country, Florida, Oklahoma and Penn State, and has already visited Tennessee. He said his final visit will also be to an out-of-state program. Stills was at UCLA's game against San Diego State in the opener and also saw the Bruins when they played at Tenenssee. 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, who he played with at Cathedral and is signed with UCLA. Jefferson's offer list has allowed him to be patient and he doesn't seem to be in a rush to decide. He's taking all of his visits, including one to Oregon this weekend. Offered.

Robert Woods, 6-1, 170, Gardena (Calif.) Serra. Woods is a USC commit but he's already saying he plans to take official visits. UCLA could be the recipient of one of those, but we still are hearing that despite the visits he's taking, he's solid to USC. Offered.

Kemonte Bateman, 6-1, 185, Pasadena (Calif.) College. Bateman committed to UCLA when he was high schooler at Crenshaw, but he couldn't get admitted to UCLA, or by NCAA standards. He's now gone the JC route and is a possibility for UCLA again. He has good speed and elusiveness, and a great pass-catching ability.

Other Receivers to watch:
Marcus Lucas, 6-4, 185, Liberty (Mo.)
Tyler Slavin, 6-3, 185, Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt
Austin Hill, 6-3, 195, Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt
Sean Linton, 6-2, 185, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix
DeChe Milburn, 6-1, 185, League City (Tex.) Clear Springs
Tehvyn Brantley, 5-8, 165, Durham (N.C.) Mt. Zion
Kaelin Clay, 5-10, 175, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Tight Ends (Will Take: 1 or 2)

UCLA has offered a handful of tight ends, but with the arrival of former Crespi tight end Joseph Fauria, UCLA's need at the tight end position has become less great, with Fauria set to have three years of eligibility after redshirting this season. But UCLA will try to bring in at least one more tight end.

Christian Thomas, 6-4, 218, Palmdale (Calif.) Highland. Thomas is one of the top tight ends in the country and he told us after his unofficial visit to UCLA during the spring that it went very well, and that the Bruins are right in the mix with USC, who was the first school to offer him. He's got offers from all over the country, but this appears to be a UCLA-USC battle for him. Offered.

John Young, 6-5, 257, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. Young is an intriguing prospect who could grow into an offensive tackle down the line. 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 early. He's added offers from UNLV and Florida State, but UCLA is his heavy leader and his mom is a former UCLA cheerleader. Offered.

Other Tight Ends to watch:
Pierce Richardson, 6-5, 225, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Kendall Montgomery, 6-6, 240, Miami (Fla.) Monsignor Pace

Offensive Line (Will Take: 3 or 4)

The UCLA 2009 offensive ended up being pretty strong, but it needs to keep talent flowing with the 2010 class. Luckily, there is good amount of talent on the west coast this season and very close to home.

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. We've been hearing lately, though, that UCLA is in the drivers seat for him and that he could commit soon. Offered.

Wade Yandall, 6-4.5, 280, Carson (Calif.). Yandall came to the UCLA 1-Day Camp and made a favorable impression on the UCLA coaching staff. A few days after the camp, Yandall was offered by the Bruins, the team that was his childhood favorite. The Bruins are clearly in the lead for Yandall. Offered.

Sil Ajawara, 6-4, 205, Los Flores (Calif.) Tesoro. Another offensive lineman who made a big impression at UCLA's 1-Day Camp, Ajawara landed an offer from the Bruin staff a week later. UCLA is one of four Pac-10 schools to have offered him, along with Arizona, Washington and Arizona State. Ajawara was thrilled with the Bruin offer, but he's not rushing a decision. Ajawara is playing tackle for Tesoro this fall, but he'll be a guard in college. He attended UCLA's fall scrimmage and told us after that they're his favorite. Offered.

Kody Innes, 6-3, 273, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro. Innes is one of the top linemen in Arizona, and UCLA offered him in late May. He took an unofficial visit to Westwood in May as well. Stanford and Cal have offered him, as have the two in-state programs. He's beginning to start his official visits, having tripped to Washington already earlier this month. 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 they are probably a longshot. Still, UCLA will keep doing whatever they can to get a trip out of him, but right now, those prospects aren't looking great. Offered.

Kaiwi Crabb, 6-3, 263, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou. Crabb doesn't have an offer yet, but UCLA has made some big in-roads at Punahou, thanks to Norm Chow's alumnus status. UCLA will be out there this weekend to watch Crabb, who has a handful of offers, and an offer from the Bruins could boost his interest in them.

Other Offensive Linemen to watch:
John Cullen, 6-6, 285, Fullerton (Calif.) College
Derek Stickney, 6-6.5, 305, Placentia (Calif.) El Dorado
Tyler Sulka, 6-5, 270, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Colin Tanagawa, 6-4, 250, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Corin Brooks, 6-3, 276, Riverside (Calif.) Arlington
Ben Loth, 6-4, 250, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
David Peterson, 6-4, 270, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley


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