2016 UCLA OFFENSIVE RECRUITING MONSTER BOARD

 

2016_RECRUITING_HOTBOARD

 OFFENSE

TIGHT ENDS Interest Level and likely percentage of signing with UCLA 247 Composite Rating Comments
DEVIN ASIASI
6’4″ 241
De La Salle High School
Concord, California
OPEN
45%
4-STAR One of the top tight ends on the West Coast, Asiasi comes from one of the perennially top programs in the state. Recruited by all the major West Coast programs, most of the buzz still centers around USC where he has yet to officially visit. Has visited UCLA recently and the Bruins along with Washington, Michigan and Alabama are still in it though. The new coaching changes in Westwood may shake this up a little. In our opinion, the game changer may be new UCLA quarterbacks coach, Marques Tuiasosopo. Tuiasosopo was very loyal to Sarkisian but decided to look for a new home on the UCLA staff when new Trojan Head Coach Clay Helton took over. We were disappointed when Tui left UCLA for Washington and are elated to have him back on staff. For his experience, he is a very well respected coach in the college coaching community and is considered a very strong recruiter (for those of you who know us, when it comes to choosing a great assistant coach or a great recruiter, we almost always prefer the recruiter). While many see Asiasi on the d-line on the next level, his preferred position is definitely tight end and UCLA should be able to take advantage of that in his recruitment. Asiasi received an invitation to participate in the U.S.Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio and looked good in the game. He is planning to take a mid-week visit to Alabama this week followed up immediately with a visit to USC. From our perspective, this is great news for UCLA. The Alabama official visits are legendary, and to have USC come immediately after Alabama is going to be a tough sell for the Trojans. The Trojan coaches can not be happy about this – if there is one official visit in the country they don’t want to come after, it’s Alabama.
NASEIR UPSHUR
6’1″ 226
Imhotep Institute Charter School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
COMMITTED TO FLORIDA STATE
5%
4-STAR Upshur is an athlete that we don’t really see as a true tight end in college, but nevertheless, he has size and skills that can be utilized on any team. We were hoping to see new Defensive Coordinator Scrap Bradley bring some recruiting muscle to Pennsylvania area recruits like Upshur, but it doesn’t seem to have happened yet.
THADDEUS MOSS
6’4″ 235
Mallard Creek High School
Charlotte, North Carolina
COMMITTED TO NORTH CAROLINA 1/23/2016
20%
4-STAR The son of former NFL receiver Randy Moss, Moss has offers from top programs across the country. In spite of that, UCLA remained a contender in October. A lot of schools have been jumping on and off his list, but UCLA has always been there. Moss was scheduled to visit USC for the 1/15 weekend, but canceled after his lead recruiter, Marques Tuiasosopo moved to UCLA. His final list includes UCLA (visiting 1/29), Texas A&M (visited 11/6), and North Carolina State (visited 1/22). UPDATE: While on his official visit to North Carolina, Moss tweeted on 1/23 that he was committing to them and shutting down his commitment. This is the week before his official UCLA visit. The UCLA coaches will continue to encourage him to take his already scheduled visit.
JORDAN WILSON
6’5″ 217
Montgomery Bell Academy
Nashville, Tennessee
BOOM! COMMITTED TO UCLA 7/22/2015
80%
3-STAR Wilson is a nice pick up from across the country for UCLA. The word is that the southern schools kind of waited on offering Wilson as a tight end (his preferred position), while UCLA went all in and got the commitment. Louisville was his second choice. A foot fracture early in the season slowed down late big SEC school offers which were a concern of ours. We like his size and versatility. Wilson visited UCLA for the 1/15 weekend.
RUNNING BACKS Interest Level and likely percentage of signing with UCLA 247 Composite Rating Comments
SEAN McGREW
5’7″ 161
St John Bosco High School
Bellflower, California
COMMITTED TO WASHINGTON
15%
4-STAR Small player who makes up for it in speed, balance, and heart. From the same high school of UCLA freshman quarterback phenom, Josh Rosen. McGrew has stated in the past he would love to play with his good friend Rosen in college, and for a long time, UCLA seemed to be the favorite. We are not sure UCLA ever felt the same about McGrew and it is likely because of that, that he chose Washington. We will keep him on the list for now because should UCLA decide to refocus on him (we think they should), he may rethink about where he wants to spend his college years.
BRANDON STEPHENS
6’1″ 212
Plano High School
Plano, Texas
OPEN
70%
4-STAR The type of big power back that UCLA has been going after lately, Stephens is an elusive player that can take a hit and still get extra yards. The Team Captain has run for 3,654 career yards, 43 TDs, and averaged 6.2 yards per carry on a tradition rich team (9 state title games and 7 state titles), in the tough 6A Division. He also has a reputation for being a workout warrior in the weight room. The long time Stanford commit de-committed on 1/21, leaving little time for Stephens to take visits to other schools. Considering the time frame and that UCLA is the only school he plans to visit before the signing period, we have to like the Bruin’s chances here. Stephens will visit Westwood on 1/29. v
BEAU BISHARAT
6’3″ 225
Jesuit High School
Carmichel, California
OPEN, DE-COMMITTED FROM STANFORD ON 1/18
15%
4-STAR Bisharat visited Stanford on 1/15 and then abruptly de-committed from them. It is believed that he was denied admission at the last minute. Regardless, Bisharat is a player that wants to attend a strong academic institution and brings some nice skills. We would not consider him to be a super athlete but he does have a nice list of offers including Michigan State, Oregon (offered as a linebacker), and Washington. He only just de-committed so we don’t yet know UCLA’s interest but he would be a nice last second pick up. He is exactly the kind of athlete Stanford loves to recruit…and wins with. While he may not have fit into Noel Mazzone’s offense, he is a big, good athlete that can play multiple positions and might be just what new offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu needs.
JALEN STARKS
RB 6’1″ 245
Crespi High School
Encino, California
BOOM! COMMITTED TO UCLA 5/29/15
70%
3-STAR We are not sure what position Starks will ultimately play for UCLA. Fullback, big running back, or somewhere else. He is a big, strong, powerful runner that is hard to bring down. We believe he is capable of picking up key yards with the right playbook. Speed is “good enough” but if he can actually become faster with his size, he could be a monster. There is speculation that UCLA will stand pat on running backs with his commitment, but we are not so sure. There are some more traditional backs out there that are pretty good that still maintain an interest in UCLA. UCLA may be tempted to take a last minute commitment if there are still scholarship openings. His signing percentage is a little low over rumored concerns about academics and possibly attitude (regardless, we think he sticks). Starks will visit UCLA on 1/29.
WIDE RECEIVERS Interest Level and likely percentage of signing with UCLA 247 Composite Rating Comments
DEMETRIC FELTON
5’9″ 162
Great Oak High School
Temecula, California
BOOM! COMMITTED TO UCLA 3/23/15
100%
3-STAR So far, we consider Felton the sleeper of this class. He has not gotten nearly the attention that other receivers in the region have. That is partially due to where he plays high school ball, but also because he had not been attending a lot of camps where other receivers have been making a reputation. His commitment to UCLA put him on the map and other scholarship offers followed. Playing mostly running back his senior season (and earning First Team All-Conference for the Southwestern League), he has not been able to show the explosiveness we have seen in him as a receiver. While he had mixed reviews from the Semper Fidelis All-American Game, we discount any negative views from those reports – he has not been playing at his primary position and is not a camp groupie. He will contribute nicely in two years to the UCLA program. Felton has signed financial aid papers and is expected to be an early enrollment (possibly Spring quarter) at UCLA.

DARIAN OWENS
WR/DB 5’11” 184
Clovis West High School
Fresno, California
BOOM! COMMITTED TO UCLA 4/17/15
85%
4-STAR Clovis West is a high school that the Bruin coaches were hitting hard early. That is because it is also the home of 5-star linebacker Caleb Kelly. While Kelly and UCLA have parted ways, Owens is a nice pickup in a region UCLA would like to be more dominant in future recruiting. He has wavered from time to time about his UCLA commitment but we suspect he sticks and while at UCLA, Owens will prove to be a solid player, with the potential of being an excellent one. After viewing a fair amount of film on him, there is just something about him that tells us he may be the surprise of the class – he is not just athletic but is also a crazy hard worker and fights for separation. He has performed well at camps including The Opening Oakland, and received an invitation to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
DAMIAN ALLOWAY
5’10” 175
Summit High School
Fontana, California
COMMITTED TO UCLA 1/29/2016
90%
4-STAR Alloway has reportedly narrowed his choices to UCLA, Notre Dame, and Cal. UCLA may have a slight advantage being the home team. This recruitment seems to have been dragging out forever and we really have not been able to identify why. We didn’t feel like Alloway had the kind of break out senior season we had hoped for (although to be fair, we only saw him live once), but he has proven to be a good solid receiver that will supply depth at the position for the Bruins. He also has sprinter speed, having won his league 100m and 200m titles as a junior with times of 10.6 and 21.8. UPDATE: Alloway committed to UCLA on 1/29/2016.
ADEWALE (AUDIE) OMOTOSHO
6’3″ 196
Plano East High School
Plano, Texas
OPEN
60%
4-STAR Omotosho is taking all his visits in January, with Oklahoma State on 1/15, TCU on 1/22, and after an in home visit from Coach Mora on 1/22, agreed to take an official to UCLA on 1/29. UCLA has been clearly targeting bigger, faster offensive players in this recruiting season, and Omotosho fits that bill. Omotosho is a high character recruit that can be described in one word…athletic. He has run a 4.56 40, and in Track and Field competes in the high jump, long jump, triple jump (45′), and relays. He has played on a mostly run oriented offense so his numbers may not seem as impressive as other recruits, however, he is the real deal. If you watch his highlight video, you can see why the UCLA coaches are so high on him. His size, speed, ability to get separation all contribute to being a vertical threat. v

JAVON McKINLEY
6’2″ 194
Centennial High School
Corona, California
COMMITTED TO NOTRE DAME 1/9/2016
3%
4-STAR McKinley is one of the better receivers in the region. We really liked McKinley but evidently the Bruin coaches felt it was better to go in a different direction. He is no longer being recruited by UCLA. We suspect there are other issues involved that are keeping schools from going hard after him. Evidence of this is that not only did UCLA drop him, but so did USC early on. Even with the new Trojan coaching staff and some wavering with the receiving recruits they have, they did not circle back to him, despite his enormous talent. Committed to Notre Dame.
THEO HOWARD
5’11” 177
Westlake High School
Westlake Village, California
BOOM! COMMITTED TO UCLA
100%
4-STAR Howard is the southern California receiver we like most. Yes, even over more highly touted guys like Tyler Vaughns. When we saw him live, he definitely looked like an elite player and one that could contribute very early in college. Howard committed to Oregon back in March, 2015, but we were never truly convinced his recruitment was over. He was spotted as a spectator at the UCLA Camp in June, and there were always rumblings that he was still listening to UCLA. Howard is a great athlete who made the California State Track and Field Finals in the hurdles as a 9th grader! Before committing to Oregon, Howard seemed to like both USC and UCLA equally. USC was a childhood favorite but he liked the direction of the UCLA program and the coaches. He de-committed from Oregon August 16, and then THE NEXT DAY made the trek all the way out to San Bernardino to watch a UCLA team practice. With USC coaching turmoil and loading up on receivers in this class with four talented commitments already, UCLA became a much more attractive option. Not to mention USC has a reputation for bringing in great athletes like Howard, and then moving them to different positions where they need more depth once they are in the program. In spite of USC being the childhood and family favorite, UCLA was the clear winner in this recruiting battle. In our opinion, he is the Josh Rosen of this recruiting class so far – a player who could go ANYWHERE including USC, and chose UCLA. We can’t emphasize how important a recruit like this is. Howard is already enrolled at UCLA and attending classes. Participated in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and had 5 catches for 81 yards and a TD. He was also named the Receiver of the Year for the All-Marmonte League.
AARON HANSFORD
6’3″ 212
St Johns College High School
Washington, D.C.
OPEN
65%
4-STAR Hansford is an athletic player whose stock has been rising fast over his senior season. While most schools see him as a linebacker, UCLA is recruiting him as a receiver, and seeing him in the Thomas Duarte mold. Participated in the Under Armour All-American Game where he got great reviews for his performance. While Hansford does not have blazing speed, he is considered an exceptional athlete for his size and if he focused on it could be a prototypical decathlete. For his high school track and field team he has competed in the 100 (11.23 as a sophomore), 200, 400, 55m hurdles, discus, shot put, and long jump. Visited UCLA 1/15 and by all accounts had a great trip. Has also visited Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Texas A&M. It may come down to UCLA and Texas A&M. Hansford has stated he will announce on signing day.

QUARTERBACKS Interest Level and likely percentage of signing with UCLA 247 Composite Rating Comments
MATT LYNCH
6’5″ 184
Legacy High School
Broomfield, Colorado
BOOM! COMMITTED TO UCLA 5/5/2015
100%
3-STAR Initially, we were skeptical when we first heard that Lynch was offered and his commitment was accepted. This was because there were still several highly skilled QBs still out there. However, as we have reviewed his tape, and learned more about him, we have softened our stance. He does show enough talent and skill to be an eventual contributor to the program. Also, we like his attitude – he has shown a maturity in understanding his role in the program and with Rosen. We think that despite Lynch’s commitment, UCLA is still looking at other “more ready” quarterbacks. He may be the “bird in the hand” insurance for the program, and he seems OK with that – that is the kind of Bruin we can support and root for his entire Bruin career. Career back up or not, this is a fine quarterback that would add solid depth to any team. Lynch led his team to the second round of the Colorado state 5A playoffs. As a senior Lynch passed for 1,947 yards and 20 TDs. The dual threat gunslinger also rushed for another 534 yards and 10 TDs. Lynch finished his three year varsity career with 4,451 passing yards and 1,653 rushing yards and a total of 69 TDs. Lynch has signed financial aid papers and is expected to be an early enrollment at UCLA. Lynch
DYMOND LEE
6’2″ 182
Chaminade High School
West Hills, California
BOOM! COMMITTED TO UCLA 6/10/2015
80%
4-STAR We know that everyone thinks Lee will end up at receiver at UCLA, but he says he was offered by the UCLA coaches as a quarterback, so that is where we will place him. Most likely, they told him they would give him the chance, and it will be up to him to prove he deserves it. An outstanding athlete with limited experience at QB, it is hard to evaluate him as a QB in the UCLA program. He says QB is the position he wants to play, and did play the position quite a bit his senior season. We’ll have to reserve judgment as we see how he progresses this coming fall. For what is is worth, we are rooting for him to succeed and prove the self-proclaimed “recruiting gurus” wrong. As an aside, with UCLA having a new offensive coordinator, it will be interesting to see how that affects Lee’s future in the program. Lee took his official visit to Westwood on 1/22/2016.
DEVON MODSTER
6’2″ 208
Tesoro High School
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
BOOM! COMMITTED TO UCLA 1/18/2015
90%
4-STAR The bulky Modster committed to Arizona in April and seemed very committed by actively recruiting other players. UCLA was his other finalist when he verballed to Arizona. However he recently de-committed. Strangely, he was Tweeting about Arizona as recently as December 28, and then abruptly decommitted December 31. In the past week, he has evidently picked up several new offers. After his decommitment from Arizona, the UCLA staff immediately reached out to show they were still interested and he reciprocated. We are hearing that he is very interested in playing for new UCLA quarterback coach Marques Tuiasosopo. Modster visited UCLA on the 1/15 weekend, and considering how close signing day is, we consider the Bruins to be in the driver’s seat. UPDATE: Modster committed to UCLA 1/18/2015. We suspect quarterback recruiting is now done.

MALIK HENRY
6’2″ 180
Long Beach Poly High School
Long Beach, California
COMMITTED TO Florida State 11/13/2014
0%
5-STAR We have placed the enigmatic Henry back on the UCLA recruit watch list after his transfer to Long Beach powerhouse, Poly High School. This is Henry’s fourth high school in four years, Oaks Christian as a freshman, Westlake High School as a sophomore and junior, a brief stop at the mega-football program IMG Academy in Florida, and now Poly.

Henry seems to have had a special interest in the state of Florida, being drawn to the state for both high school at IMG, and college at FSU. However, he left IMG in June under mysterious circumstances. The press release from IMG states “We have made a decision and Malik Henry will not be returning to IMG Academy next year.”

Henry’s own statement reads “Things changed while I was there and I didn’t handle the change well. After conversations with my parents and the coaching staff at IMG it was agreed that it was best for both parties for me not to return to IMG.

We think it makes sense for UCLA to keep in touch with Henry and for Henry to return interest. He had high interest in UCLA as a junior but committed to FSU over UCLA on 11/13/2014. Jamison Winston was still fresh in everyone’s mind, and no doubt, the FSU coaches were telling him their plan is to make him the Winston. It is a good selling point to a high school quarterback. In January, soon after committing to FSU, Henry transferred to Florida high school powerhouse IMG Academy, picking it over Long Beach Poly. Florida is a long way from home and things didn’t work out so what does he do? He comes home to California. While he still says he is committed to FSU, we suspect his Florida high school experiment may have taken the shine off of moving to the Sunshine State. Staying in California where his family and friends are might be looking pretty good again. We don’t know exactly why IMG didn’t want him to stay, and maybe it is significant enough that UCLA may choose to not recruit him. We hope that is not the case – Henry is a fantastic player, and exactly the kind of guy you want waiting in the wings for Josh Rosen.

Why would Henry want to come to UCLA when Rosen has already locked down the starting quarterback position as a true freshman? First, when he enrolls, Rosen will be a sophomore. If he red-shirts, Rosen will be a junior by the time Henry is eligible to play as a red-shirt freshman. Sure quarterbacks and everyone else want to play early, but this time frame seems reasonable. He will have time to learn the system, play relatively early in his career, and play on a team with great athletes surrounding him.

Besides, starting at FSU is not a given. They brought in two very good QBs last year, including one from IMG Academy. They brought in a very good QB the year before as well. Top to bottom, FSU has a lot more competition and depth than UCLA at the position. At UCLA, Henry only has one QB in front of him. At FSU, there are several who are not only good but older and more experienced. If Rosen gets a concussion, or breaks a leg, Henry is the MAN. Period. Also at FSU, there is a lot of buzz about Jimbo Fisher being unhappy and looking around at other jobs.

UPDATE: Henry officially enrolled at FSU on January 3, 2016, so this door is closed for now. However, we would not be surprised to see Henry transfer later, and UCLA would still be a solid option, assuming the Bruins do not sign a major QB in this class.

OTHER QUARTERBACKS Having the top 2015 quarterback in the country is a great luxury for the coaching staff to have this recruiting season. Not resting on their laurels, the UCLA coaching staff would still like to bring in a top gunslinger in this 2016 class. With the Rosen hype, we were not surprised by Henry and Modster looking elsewhere. High school quarterbacks in the UCLA region all know who Rosen is. Last year, UCLA coaches could tell them that everyone is equal and they have the same chance to compete as Rosen. In fact, if they are as good as they think they are, they can beat out Rosen. Now that he has a season under his wings and the talent has been on display, that type of recruitment talk goes out the door. He showed that he may actually be even better than his high school hype. There are still current high school quarterbacks open to UCLA, and there are several college quarterbacks that my be open to transferring to Westwood. We believe that what happens here will be 100% dependent on how recruits respond to the new UCLA coaching hires, Polamalu and Tuiasosopo. Other quarterbacks recently back on the market include former Cal commit Armani Rogers and former Michigan commit Victor Viramantes. Should Modster take too long or not be receptive, we could see UCLA moving on either of these two gunslingers. UPDATE: With Modster’s commitment on 1/18, we expect UCLA to shut down quarterback recruiting, although we are curious to see how this affects Dymond Lee.
OFFENSIVE LINE Interest Level and likely percentage of signing with UCLA 247 Composite Rating Comments
OFFENSIVE LINE NOTES Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm’s three month suspension has had a dramatically negative affect on O-line recruiting. Before his suspension on March 16, 2015, UCLA was in on a large number of high caliber linemen. By his reinstatement on June 19, many of those recruits had committed elsewhere, or were no longer mentioning UCLA. This was particularly true with local regional recruits such as Luke Wattenburg (Washington), Frank Martin (USC), Jonah Williams (Alabama), Jacob Capra (Oregon), and others all committing during his suspension. While disappointed, we were hoping to still find a silver lining. Unfortunately, we never really found it. Offensive line recruiting has been underwhelming so far. Toleafoa Auwae committed and then de-committed. Rising star Fred Ulu-Perry transferred out, and the elite prospects we were hoping would circle back round to UCLA never materialized. While UCLA has MANY linemen offers out, there has not been much reciprocation of interest.
ALEX AKINGBULU
6’6″ 271
Narbonne High School
Harbor City, California
BOOM! COMMITTED TO UCLA 11/26/2015
90%
4-STAR Akingbulu seems to have favored UCLA forever, but it seems to have taken a while for Klemm to take the commitment. The word on Akingbulu is that he is a little raw and needs more time to develop. Klemm was probably holding out hoping to get a more ready, impact type player. Regardless, this is a good pick up for this late in the recruiting season. Akingbulu has the size and shows the athleticism to be a program contributor down the line. tAKING his official visit to Westwood on 1/29.

MICHAEL ALVES
6’5″ 321
St Augustine High School
San Diego, California
BOOM! COMMITTED TO UCLA 11/16/2015
90%
4-STAR Alves picked UCLA over Oregon and is expected to eventually plug in at guard at UCLA. Alves had a nice game in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and looked the part of a future Bruin guard. Expected to take his official visit to Westwood on 1/29.
FRANCISCO (PACO) PEREZ
6’5″ 321
Baldwin Park High School
Baldwin Park, California
COMMITTED TO CAL 7/2/2015
55%
3-STAR This CAL commit is a big run blocking machine that took an official visit to Westwood on 1/15/2015. Reportedly he had a great visit and UCLA may be in the driver’s seat and flip him. This would give UCLA three o-line commits in this class. All three have great potential but are not likely to see the field early. We had higher expectations for this position earlier in the year, and could feel disappointed. However, with signing day looming, we have to take the bird in the hand approach. These are all good enough players that will provide immediate depth and have a chance at starting down the road. We also believe that Perez is far more athletic that he has been given credit for. Took his official visit to Cal on 1/22/2016. That muddied the situation for him.

JAKE RAULERSON
6’5″ 295 (from the Texas roster)
University of Texas
Celena, Texas
BOOM! COMMITTED TO UCLA 1/25/2016
80%
4-STAR out of high school The redshirt sophomore center at the University of Texas will be graduating in May with a degree in business and is looking for programs where he can be a graduate transfer. He plans to pursue a graduate degree at the next school he plays for. Out of high school, 247Sports ranked him as the number two center in the country, with offers from the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma and Notre Dame. He was a two-way player and considered to be a very good strongside defensive end as well. Given all that, he still played sparingly the past three years at Texas. There was some thought that he needed to get stronger which kept him off the field. There has been a lot of speculation that he has indeed reached the strength and size required for the position and would have been the heir of the center position at Texas if he stayed. Visited Michigan 1/15 and is scheduled to visit UCLA 1/22 and Oregon 1/29. He is also looking at Stanford. Raulerson has two years of eligibility remaining. UPDATE: Raulerson cancelled his Oregon visit and committed to UCLA.

GREGORY LITTLE
6’5″ 322
Allen High School
Allen, Texas
COMMITTED TO OLE MISS
5%
5-STAR Make no mistake, the suspension of offensive line coach Adrian Klemm has been detrimental to 2016 class recruiting. Little de-committed from Texas A&M and UCLA seemed to be a player for him until the suspension. One of the top linemen in the country at one of the top Texas high school programs, Little is on everyone’s list. While he had offers from everyone, including Alabama, he was considering taking an official visit to Westwood until Klemm’s suspension. If that had happened, UCLA definitely would have had a chance.
WILLIE ALLEN
6’6″ 321
John Curtis Christian High School
River Ridge, Louisiana
OPEN
5%
4-STAR The bad news is that Allen is the top offensive lineman in Louisiana and we know how hard it can be to pry a local guy away from LSU. The good news is that is that he has yet to commit there and seems genuinely interested in exploring his options. Most importantly, he plays at John Curtis High School, a place where UCLA has been able to have some impact in recent years. UPDATE: On 1/15, Allen reportedly decided to schedule his last official visit to either Auburn or Ole Miss next weekend. UCLA’s only chance was to get that last visit. Allen will likely end up somewhere in the South.
TERRANCE DAVIS
6’3″ 312
DeMatha High School
Hyattsville, Maryland
COMMITTED TO MARYLAND
5%
4-STAR Davis held UCLA in high esteem before Klemm’s suspension and it was to the point where Davis announced he would officially visit. Tom Bradley tried to pick up the recruiting slack, but it was not enough. Too bad, because in our estimation, Davis was the one elite national recruit we thought UCLA had an excellent chance of.
RICHARD MERRITT
6’4″ 344
Archbishop Carroll High School
Washington. D.C.
COMMITTED TO MARYLAND
1%
4-STAR Like Davis, Merritt committed to his local school, Maryland. Klemm was very high on Merritt before the suspension.
JUANCARLO VALENTIN
6’4″ 353
Imhotep Institution Charter School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
COMMITTED TO OKLAHOMA
1%
4-STAR Valentin is popular among recruits, and the kind of player other recruits want to play with. Unfortunately, like a broken record, his interest in UCLA disappeared during the Klemm suspension.
MICHAEL ELETISE
6’3″ 312
Kaiser High School
Honolulu, Hawai’i
COMMITTED TO ARIZONA 7/27/2015
20%
3-STAR Hawai’i is starting to regularly produce massive, talented linemen and Eletise is yet another. This is one lost player we believe can directly be attributed to Klemm’s suspension. Between the Polynesian connection with Coach Polamalu and the Hawai’ian connection with Coach Klemm, UCLA was looking very good with Eletise. He visited the campus at least twice on his own dime. During the suspension, Arizona moved to the front of the line and never looked back.
LUKE WATTENBURG
6’5″ 270
J Serra Catholic High School
San Juan Capistrano, California
COMMITTED TO Washington 4/15/2015
15%
4-STAR We are not sure Klemm ever really put on a full court press on Wattenburg, but he has shown improvement and started to rack up offers in the spring. Klemm’s suspension was March 16, and Wattenburg committed to Washington April 15.
TOLEAFOA AUWAE
6’2″ 302
Kapolei High School
Kapolei, Hawai’i
COMMITTED TO VANDERBILT 11/13/2015
20%
3-STAR This one time UCLA commit made a lot of noise coming from the islands when he committed to UCLA, and then de-committed. We really liked this player. He was a good friend of UCLA frosh Fred Ulu-Perry, and perhaps the issues with Ulu-Perry caused him to back off his commitment. This was not an enormous loss for UCLA – while Auwae was considered versatile and tough, he also had a lot of work to do on his athleticism.

SPECIAL TEAMS Interest Level and likely percentage of signing with UCLA 247 Composite Rating Comments
JOHNNY DEN BLEYKER
Long snapper 5’11” 203
Moreau Catholic High School
Hayward, California
BOOM! COMMITTED TO UCLA 3/16/2015
90%
2-STAR One of the three special team committed players (the other two being punter Austin Kent and kicker JJ Molson), Den Bleyker was named to the U.S. Army All-American Game. Chris Rubio, the premier long snapping coach in America said that Den Belyker is easily the best long snapper in this class. He is an excellent student as well. He also received an invitation to participate in the U.S.Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Took his Westwood official visit on 1/22/2016 and was hosted by kicker JJ Molson. Check out the video.v


AUSTIN KENT
Kicker 6’2″ 205
Providence High School
Charlotte, North Carolina
BOOM! COMMITTED TO UCLA 12/17/2015
90%
2-STAR UCLA was the first school to offer Kent and he committed before even visiting the school. Kent, a student of legendary kicking coach Dan Orner, took his official visit to Westwood 1/15/2015. v

JJ MOLSON
Kicker 6’0″ 189
John Abbott College
Montreal, Canada
BOOM! COMMITTED TO UCLA 6/11/2015
100%
2-STAR A Canadian, Molson has been a long time UCLA commit and was good enough to make the U.S.Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio with long snapper Johnny Den Beylker. Molson is already enrolled at UCLA and attending classes.

 UCLA DEFENSIVE RECRUITING MONSTER BOARD

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  1. The situation about the OL is a concern but the OL assumed to be the best aren’t that good there’s few OL I would quantify as good prospects,OL similar to Akingbulu that need a grey shirt to develop. Wattenberg reminds me of prospect committed to Oregon then defects to UCLA. Wattenberg just hates the recruiting process and UCLA/Klemm should intensify his recruitment because Wattenberg is good. Greg Little had an awakening and has just manhandled DL at the Opening,I think Will Allen is just slow plays too high,the east coast OL mentioned are good but I see one that’s serious about the California life style that’s Valentin because he wants opportunity to win,develop and earned a great degree,that sounds like UCLA to me also I would attempt to flip Cohl Cabral love the kids movement.

    Auwae is about 6’4(per.espn.), attitude similar to Dru Samia, great pick up,Klemm just needs one LT prospect and other swing tackle. Kolten Miller is the only young OT l feel confident about it, UCLA needs pure tackles. Akingbulu is too green I would ask him to grey-shirt.
    Little-Wattenburg-Valentin-Auwae-((grey-shirt))Akingbulu or Cabral

  2. Why don’t you have Quartney Davis the receiver from Texas? I thought we were doing great with him.

  3. We don’t think he has any plans to visit Westwood and are actually hearing he is looking at Texas A&M now. Evidently, he likes the Mazzone offense. If we hear he has any real interest in UCLA in the future, we’ll add him.

  4. They’re saying Davis just cancelled his official visit to UCLA and is now going to visit Texas A+M instead. Man, you guys are good. I am going to stick around here.

  5. Man,it’s good to see guy’s return,I trying to be positive,forgive me if I come off negative but I don’t understand the Rip hire,I want to heed towards Rip experience but I see Rip as vagabond that tried and failed at every place he’s been and told his tenure at (prior)UCLA position is a boring individual.
    I’m just a fan,I don’t know crap on what’s really going on but I expected Deshaun Foster to take over,a young/relevant athlete would help UCLA.
    Do you know anything about Rip that is positive for recruiting,I heard/read he’s a nice person but he’s boring,UCLA got burnt by not promoting Tui,I just hoping Rip isn’t a floater. Frankly, I hope Rip takes over special teams with his valued experience could be valuable compared to White who should focus on defense/LB core.

  6. Hey lbwilson – good to hear from you. You have some great takes and are always welcome here.

    As for Coach Scherer, yeah, he is a vagabond (has coached for at least 13 D-1 programs and two NFL teams and has worked for guys like Lou Holtz and Joe Paterno). We think that Mora looks at Scherer as a guy that has a ridiculous amount of experience on the offensive side of the ball. After losing an established OC, Mora felt is was wise to bring in a guy that has seen and done it all, sort of as a sounding board for Polamalu, if nothing else. No doubt Scherer has impressed Mora in the last couple years as an administrator for the program.

    Having said that, we would have liked to see a different result in the Bruin coaching carousal. Scherer’s title is the “Senior Associate Head Coach/Tight Ends.” You usually reserve a title like that for a guy that really brings something to the table, particularly in recruiting. That is a title that can pay a lot of money in the UC pay scale system and carries some weight. We don’t see Scherer in that category. Tight Ends Coach? Sure. Special Teams Coach? Sure. Assistant Offensive Coordinator? Maybe. But for that kind of money we would have liked to have seen a proven home run recruiter brought in instead. Tui is a great upgrade to our recruitment efforts but if we want to ever compete with USC, we need to bring in some electric recruiters, and we suspect there are some rising ones that would have listened for the kind of money Scherer is probably getting. We have always said, if we have a choice of a good coach or a good recruiter, we want the stud recruiter every time. That is where programs are built in 2016.

    One possibility we were hoping for was to move Coach McClure back to tight ends. This would help us get Asiasi AND open the door for some superb d-line coaches that can recruit. This is not to take anything away from McClure because we really think a lot of him and want to keep him on staff, but it would have allowed the program to keep him coaching a position he knows and substantially upgrade recruiting in an area of need.

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