Early Look 2016: Offers on Offense

Malik Henry

We take an early look at the prospects on offense UCLA has offered for 2016, in what should be another strong class locally and nationally, especially at receiver...

UCLA should have more scholarships to give in 2016, but with the 2015 class potentially being bigger than anticipated, that could spill over in to the next class. 

Still, there will be a lot more scholarships opening up following the 2015 season, and maybe even more with some of the potential 3-and-out guys that will be sophomores this fall.

The 2016 class, particularly out West, will be strong again, just a notch below the 2015 class but ahead of some other recent classes, however, it's mostly on the defensive side of the ball

Still, UCLA is already aggressive in this class.

NOTE: This list is just 2016 prospects we know that UCLA has offered.  And Others to Watch includes prospects we know are high on their board.

**Rankings are by position nationally.**

QUARTERBACK

With a commitment already from the No. 1 quarterback in the 2015 class, Josh Rosen, it could be difficult for UCLA to bring in another top-tier guy in 2016.  A lot could depend on if there is a starter named coming out of of spring next year, with Rosen intending to graduate early and battle Asiantii Woulard for the spot that Brett Hundley is almost certainly vacating.  UCLA offered Henry first then offered Costello and Guarantano on the same day. Costello is a lifelong USC fan and the Trojans would seem to be the favorite for him but Henry has been UCLA's 2016 top target most of the spring and is an ideal fit for the Bruin offense.

Malik Henry, 6-2, 175, Westlake (Calif.), #2
K.J. Costello, 6-5, 220, Santa Margarita (Calif.), #4
Jarrett Guarantano, 6-4, 195, Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic, #10
Brandon McIlwain, 6-0.5, 204, Newtown (Pa.) Council Rock, #16

Others To Watch
Devon Modster, 6-1, 210, Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro, #22
Kevin Davidson, 6-4, 215, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley, #25
Kahi Neves, 6-4.5, 238, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham
 

RUNNING BACK

So far, it's not a great running back class out West, which has been an issue the past couple of years.  That's part of the reason why UCLA is trying to stockpile some guys at the position in the 2015 class, with two verbals already and a few more they're targeting.  McGrew is the only back with an offer from the West so far, and he may end up as a slot. Thigpen, the younger brother of Damien Thigpen, will be someone that UCLA will watch this fall, having only played half the season last year after having to sit out a part after a transfer.

Robert Washington, 5-10, 210, Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian, #9
Sean McGrew, 5-8, 175, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, #13
Jalin Buie, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy (Auburn commit)

Others To Watch
Dylan Thigpen, 5-10.5, 180, La Verne (Calif.) Damien
Beau Bisharat, 6-2, 210, Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit, #15
Bryson Denley, 5-8, 165, Cibolo (Texas) Steele, #29

WIDE RECEIVER/TIGHT END

On the other hand, the receiver class out West is strong and UCLA isn't just offering a bunch of guys in the region, they're offering a number of them nationally.  They were the first offer for McKnight and Jones and one of the first offers for Long and Alloway.  Vaughns and Crawford are elite prospects nationally, but UCLA has some work to do with them.  Still, this is a strong position across the country and UCLA is already getting after several.

Devin Duvernay, 5-10, 175, Sachse (Texas), #2
Tyler Vaughns, 6-2, 185, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat, #4
Dylan Crawford, 6-1, 175, La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis, #6
Steffon McKnight, 6-1.5, 165, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa, #26
Damian Alloway, 5-10, 170, Fontana (Calif.) Summit, #44
Jack Jones, 5-10, 170, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
David Long, 6-0, 175, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Reggie Hemphill, 6-1, 175, Manvel (Texas), #9
Mykel Jones, 6-0, 185, Patterson (La.), #13
Clyde Leflore, 6-1, 165, New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton, #17
Dee Anderson, 6-4, 175, Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite, #27
Deriq King, 5-11, 170, Manvel (Texas), #41
Binjimen Victor, 6-4, 170, Coconut Creek (Fla.), 52
A.J. Morris, 6-1, 205, Smyrna (Tenn.) Lancaster Christian Academy
Conner O'Donnell, 5-11, 160, Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian
Nate Craig, 6-2, 200, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic, #1 (Auburn commit)
Demetris Robertson, 6-1, 180, Savannah (Ga.) Country Day, #14 (Alabama commit)
Scott Bracey, 6-2, 190, Richmond (Va.) Benedictine, #1 (Duke commit)

Others To Watch
Dymond Lee, 6-0, 160, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, #24
Davir Hamilton, 6-3, 200, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei, #37
Theo Howard, 6-1, 175, Westlake (Calif.), #53
J.J. Wills, 5-11, 161, Clovis (Calif.)
 

OFFENSIVE LINE

UCLA is trying to stock up on lineman in the 2015 class, and so far, it has.  That's a good move because it's a very thin class so far in the region, with only one lineman in the state in the Scout 300, Martin, and UCLA isn't in a rush to offer him.  This position, though, is one we anticipate seeing more names emerge over the course of the fall.

Willie Allen, 6-7, 270, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian, #8
Jauan Williams, 6-6, 270, Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll, #17
Clarence Henderson, 6-3, 250, Dallas (Texas) Skyline, #23

Others To Watch
Frank Martin, 6-6, 285, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, #11
Javon Kinlaw, 6-7, 260, Goose Creek (S.C.), #15
Luke Wattenberg, 6-5, 265, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) JSerra

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