Wednesday, April 9, 2008

2009 Recruiting (Part 2)

Throughout this last week, a number of football recruits have stopped by Spalding field to watch the Bruins practice. Here is some background information on some of these recruits and some others that UCLA is planning to host this month.

Tate Forcier (QB) is the younger brother of red-shirt freshman Chris Forcier. He is generally considered the most talented of the three Forcier brothers (Chris' older brother just transfered to Stanford) with a good arm and elusive scrambling ability. Scout ranks him as the #10 quarterback nationally and gives these statistics from his junior campaign at Diego Scripps Ranch: rushed for 733 yards on 66 attempts and had six touchdowns; passed for 2,387 yards and 21 touchdowns with only five picks, for a 77% passer rating (164-for-213), which led San Diego County. He does not yet have an offer from the Bruins. His junior highlight video on YouTube is worth a watch.

Allan Bridgford (QB) is the starting quarterback for Mission Viejo High School. His teammate, Alex Mascarenas, has already committed to UCLA for next season. He is a classic pocket passer and stands tall at 6'4" . As a junior, Allan threw for 1,642 yards and 15 touchdowns against just 3 interceptions. He has offers from Stanford and Texas Tech but is still waiting on an offer from coaches Chow and Neuheisel.

Richard Brehaut (QB) from Rancho Cucamonga is another talented passer in a very deep 2009 class. ESPN has a good evaluation of Brehaut that is worth a read. They describe him as an accurate and intelligent passer. Decent mobility, tough, and someone who can throw fairly well on the run.

Byron Moore (S) is a great athlete out of Harbor City. Moore impressed some people last fall as he was named to next year's Army All American game. Moore was very impressed by his visit to Westwood this last week and he almost committed on the spot. He still wants to wait and continue the process, but UCLA is high on his list. He also has offers from Arizona and Colorado.

Michael Philipp (Ot) is a big, 6'4," 300-pound offensive line prospect from San Bernardino Arroyo Valley High School. Philip was an all-state underclass selection in 2007 and Scout ranks Michael as the #10 offensive tackle in the country. He has an impressive list of scholarship offers from pretty much every single PAC-10 school. His two older brothers play for the wildcats, so that could be a factor in his recruitment. He enjoyed a visit to Westwood back in February and coach Neuheisel seems very interested in him becoming a Bruin.

John Michael Davis (LB) is a smallish, but athletic line backer from Los Flores. He hasn't received many offers yet, with just one from New Mexico, but the Bruins have been pursuing him aggressively since last year.

Noel Beckles (DT) is a beast on the defensive line and this 6'2" tall 290 lb tackle would be a great pickup for the Bruins. Last season at Verbum Dei, he had 52 tackles, 13 for loss and five sacks.