Recruiting Reset: Offense

It's getting down to it, just a month and a half away from signing day, and UCLA currently has 17 recruits who have verbally committed. But they'll probably have upward of eight more to give, and while offensive recruiting is just about finished, there are still possibilities left...

UCLA currently has 17 commitments, and they'll have around 22 scholarships available after this year. But with attrition, guys leaving after being passed on the depth chart, or in the case of Brian Price, who could potentially bolt for the NFL Draft, they could end up giving out the full allotment of 25.

UCLA currently has seven commitments from offensive player, and are just about done with recruiting for the offensive side of the ball.

Here is a look at the offensive recruits UCLA has a commitment from and those that are still possibilities.

Quarterbacks

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." Nottingham had a monster senior year, setting numerous school records and etching himself into the top 10 for several passing records both in Northern California and in the state. Offered.

Running Backs

No position is more talent-laden this year in California than in the backfield and UCLA has put together one of the best classes of ball-carriers in the country.

Malcolm Jones, 6-1, 215, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. COMMITTED. The top back in California, Jones was a must-get on numerous levels: his talent is evident and UCLA needed a player from Oaks Christian. All Jones did this year was earn Gatorade State Player of the Year and Gatorade National Player of the Year, almost single-handedly carrying the Lions to the CIF-SS Northwest Division title with a monster performance against Serra. Jones is the best power back UCLA has gotten since DeShaun Foster, and figures to be an early impact guy. Jones has been selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next month. Offered.

Jordon James, 5-10, 190, Corona (Calif.). COMMITTED. James is a speedster, but he can be an everydown back in college. He was one of the standouts at the Scout.com Combine and he was selected to the UnderArmour All-America Game. He initially planned to commit at the game, but after taking his visits, he was worn down and he went public with a silent verbal to the Bruins on national television. He finished the year with 1,018 yards in just seven games and scored 11 touchdowns on a 2-8 squad. 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 was plenty familiar with Barr, with Neuheisel's son Jerry the quarterback at Loyola. Barr suffered a season-ending injury to his ankle, but was just starting to spend more time as an outside linebacker. That will probably be where Barr ends up should he come to UCLA. The U.S. Army All-American will be choosing between UCLA and Notre Dame, with the Irish and new coach Brian Kelly having to make up ground with him. 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 he took an official visit to UCLA last month. With James and Jones, UCLA appears to be set at running back, though and it appears he's leaning towards Oregon and USC any how. Offered.

Other Running Backs to watch:
Ricky Seale, 5-11, 185, Escondido (Calif.)
Patrone Wood, 5-11, 250, Ygnacio Valley (Calif.) (FB)
Bronson Green, 6-1, 218, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola (FB)

Receivers

UCLA will likely only bring in one receiver in this class, and they have him already in Richardson. Of course, if Woods were to reconsider his commitment to USC, which is still a longshot, the Bruin staff wouldn't turn him away.

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 last summer. But last week, the pull of UCLA was too strong, and Richardson recommitted to the Bruins, where he'll join his cousin, Shaquille, and continue in the family tradition. Richardson is a good possession receiver with great hands and decent speed, similar to Ricky Marvray but with more length. Offered.

Other Receivers to watch:
DeChe Milburn, 6-1, 185, League City (Tex.) Clear Springs
Julian Horton, 6-1, 180, Norcross (Georgia) Greater Atlanta Christian
Dre Anderson, 6-2, 180, Riverside (Calif.) North
Kaelin Clay, 5-10, 175, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Tight Ends

UCLA offered a handful of tight ends, but with the arrival of Notre Dame transfer Joseph Fauria, UCLA's need at the tight end position is less pronounced, with Fauria set to have three years to play his three seasons. They have a verbal from Young, and they are likely content to sit pat with Young.

John Young, 6-5, 257, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. COMMITTED. Young is an intriguing prospect who could grow into an offensive lineman or defensive lineman down the line. He's a big kid and we watched him play last fall. He was offered as an athlete by the Bruins early,and the son of a former UCLA cheerleader committed to UCLA in November. Young said his next task is to recruit teammate Anthony Barr for the Bruins. Offered.

Christian Thomas, 6-4, 218, Palmdale (Calif.) Highland. UCLA was at or near the top of the list for Thomas for most of his recruitment, but his academics are almost certainly going to preclude UCLA from going any further with him. Offered.

Other Tight Ends to watch:
Harold Mobley, 6-4, 228, Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt
Kendall Montgomery, 6-6, 240, Miami (Fla.) Monsignor Pace

Offensive Line

UCLA had a strong offensive line class in 2009, and it was a big priority to keep the momentum going in 2010 OL recruiting, even though the Bruins were only looking to bring in two or three OLs. With such a limited amount of OLs needed, UCLA can feel pretty satisfied with the recruits it already has in the fold.

Chris Ward, 6-5, 285, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. COMMITTED.  The first offensive lineman UCLA offered in-state, Ward comes from a program that UCLA has historically struggled to recruit at. His commitment was a big shot in the arm for the Bruin staff, as he's the first Monarch UCLA has gotten a verbal from in years.  The top offensive guard in California, Ward committed on the heels of Jones' verbal, saying he wanted to be a part of the line blocking for him. Offered.

Kody Innes, 6-4, 280, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro.  COMMITTED. 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 then took another unofficial to UCLA when the Bruins played Oregon, after having visited Washington and Arizona State officially.  He's 6-4, but has long arms, so playing tackle is a possibility. He's the lone out-of-state commit on the offensive side of the ball for UCLA. 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, who he grew up rooting for. The Bruins are clearly in the lead for Yandall, but Arizona and Arizona State have made a valiant case and have had Yandall in for an official visit. He will, though, visit UCLA next month and that will be the decision-maker or –breaker. Offered.

Other Offensive Linemen to watch:
James Nelson, 6-6.5, 337, Ventura (Calif.) College
John Cullen, 6-6, 285, Fullerton (Calif.) College
Derek Stickney, 6-6.5, 305, Placentia (Calif.) El Dorado
Corin Brooks, 6-4, 280, Riverside (Calif.) Arlington
David Peterson, 6-4, 270, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley

Special Teams

UCLA has always had outstanding kickers, with All-American's like John Lee, Bjorn Merten and Chris Sailer, and they boast arguably the best kicker/punter tandem in the country right now in Groza Award winner Kai Forbath and Freshman All-American Jeff Locke. But Forbath is a junior, who's potentially going to put his name in the draft and, while Locke could also kick (he had a 60-yarder in high school), they don't intend for him to do double duty, so UCLA recruited a kicker.

Kip Smith, 6-1, 205, Broomfield (Colo.) Legacy. COMMITTED. Smith was verbally committed to Minnesota, but then committed to UCLA after his official visit to Westwood. He'll continue the tradition of elite kickers at UCLA, and actually trains with Sailer. He has good size and a booming leg, having kicked a 67-yarder this season. He also had offers from Arizona State, Colorado and Kansas State, along with UCLA and Minnesota. Offered


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