Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Rivals 100

The rivals network released their top-100 players for 2008 today. A few Bruin commits made the list:

#43 Rahim Moore (S)
#90 EJ Woods (S)
#93 Kemonte Bateman (WR)

Moore and Woods are going to make a dynamic duo in the UCLA secondary for years to come. If Bateman gets his grades ironed out, he could also be a big impact player for the Bruins. A few other players that UCLA is actively recruiting also are in the top-100:

#11 Tyron Smith (OL)
#40 Blake Ayles (TE)

One of the recruiting experts on Rivals thinks that some other commits might find their way into the top-100 if they have big Senior seasons. Jeremy Crabtree had this to say about 3 other UCLA commits:

To me, Uona Kavienga might get overlooked a little bit because he doesn't play for one of the traditional powerhouses in Los Angeles. He also doesn't not have the physical measurements of some other linebackers in this year's class. I do know it's a very good crop of linebackers, so that makes it tough to compare him to some of the great ones like Nigel Bradham and Arthur Brown. Kavienga brings a tremendous amount of heart and desire to the table. There's a reason that a linebacker-rich school like Oklahoma hasn't given up recruiting him. The kid's a player, and he's one I think eventually will prove he's a top 100 player in the nation.

He also likes Datone Jones and Arron Hester. Some analysts think that that Hester and Anothony Dye are one the best corner combos in the west. When you add them to the mix with Woods and Moore, you can make a pretty good case that UCLA has one of the strongest groups of corners and safeties in the nation for 2008.