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UCLA Signs 10 Talented High School Seniors to Letters-of-Intent
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/07/2007

Feb. 7, 2007


Karl Dorrell Signing Day Audio

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  Ten outstanding high school football players highlight a small but talented class that signed letters-of-intent to play football at UCLA. The class is ranked fifth by Scout.com and eighth by Rivals.com based on average stars per player.

"This class is all about quality, not quantity," said head coach Karl Dorrell. "Due to the fact that we had a low number of seniors last year, we had to be very selective with the members of this class. Our staff did a great job of identifying players capable of making a contribution this coming season, if necessary. This group believes in what we are building here at UCLA and want to be part of something special."

Defensive tackle Brian Price was named to the Parade All-America team, was a member of the SuperPrep Top 50 and earned five stars from Rivals.com. He and running back Raymond Carter, a teammate at Crenshaw High School, were named to the PrepStar Dream Team.

Overall, eight of the 10 signees earned All-America honors from at least one recruiting service/publication. Carter and Price earned Dream Team status from PrepStar while defensive end Akeem Ayers, tight end Nathan Chandler, quarterback Chris Forcier, defensive back Glenn Love and linebacker Steve Sloan earned All-America honors from PrepStar. Ayers, Carter, Forcier, Price, Sloan and cornerback Courtney Viney were named to the SuperPrep All-America team.

Price earned five stars from Scout.com while Ayers, Carter, Chandler, Forcier, Sloan and Viney earned four stars and defensive end Justin Edison, offensive lineman Mike Harris and Love had three stars. On the Rivals.com rankings, six new Bruins - Ayers, Carter, Chandler, Forcier, Price and Sloan earned four stars while Edison, Harris, Love and Viney earned three stars.

Eight of the new Bruins were listed in the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100. Seven of UCLA's nine signees from California ranked among the Top 38 players in the state (Rivals.com and Scout.com). Scout.com ranked seven of the new Bruins among the Top 3 at their positions in California and among the Top 20 players at their positions nationally. Six of the new Bruins ranked among the Top 10 players at their position nationally by Rivals.com.

 

NamePos.Ht./Wt.High SchoolHometown
Ayers, AkeemDE6-2, 214Verbum DeiLos Angeles, CA
Carter, RaymondTB5-11, 187CrenshawLos Angeles, CA
Chandler, NateTE6-6, 225Mira MesaSan Diego, CA
Edison, JustinDE6-4, 220Verbum DeiLos Angeles, CA
Forcier, ChrisQB6-3, 185St. AugustineSan Diego, CA
Harris, MikeOL6-4, 305DuarteDuarte, CA
Love, GlennDB6-4, 205HamiltonChandler, AZ
Price, BrianDT6-3, 270CrenshawLos Angeles, CA
Sloan, SteveLB6-2, 219Archbishop MittySan Jose, CA
Viney, CourtneyDB5-10, 160EdisonFresno, CA

Ayers, Akeem DE 6-2, 214 Verbum Dei Los Angeles, CA

PrepStar All-American ... SuperPrep All-American ... Ranked No. 16 defensive lineman in nation by SuperPrep ... Rated No. 9 player in California by SuperPrep ... Four-star defensive end by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Rated No. 50 player in nation by Scout.com ... Rated No. 1 defensive end and No. 9 player in California by Scout.com ... Ranked No. 9 among outside linebackers by Rivals.com ... Ranked No. 24 performer in California by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 12 among defensive ends by Scout.com ... Rated No. 24 defensive end by ESPN.com ... Ranked No. 3 California outside linebacker by Rivals.com ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team ...Named first-team All-State (Small Schools) by CalHi Sports ... CIF-SS Mid Valley Defensive Player of the Year ... Led Verbum Dei to CIF Mid-Valley title ... As an outside linebacker on defense, he made 94 tackles (79 solos), including 22 versus Temple City ... Also made eight quarterback sacks ... As a tight end, made 21 receptions for 413 yards (19.7 average) and nine touchdowns ... Also returned 20 kickoffs for 626 yards ... As a junior, made Cal-Hi Sports All-State (Small Schools) first team and All-CIF-SS Division XI first team ... Made 116 tackles, 23 sacks, 15 other tackles for loss and five fumble recoveries ... On offense, made 19 receptions for 441 yards (23.2 average) and five touchdowns.

Carter, Raymond TB 5-11, 187 Crenshaw Los Angeles, CA

PrepStar Dream Team selection ... SuperPrep All-American ... Rated the No. 3 all-purpose running back in the nation by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 11 running back nationally by SuperPrep ... Ranked No. 9 player in California by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 16 player in California by SuperPrep ... No. 84 player nationally by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 15 running back nationally by ESPN.com ... Rated No. 16 running back by Scout.com ... Rated No. 1 all-purpose running back in California by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 2 running back and No. 15 player in California by Scout.com ... Earned four stars from Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... Played in Offense-Defense Bowl in Ft. Lauderdale, FL ... Named third-team All-State by CalHi Sports ... Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention ... Helped lead Crenshaw to a 9-4 record ... Rushed for 893 yards and six touchdowns on 140 attempts (6.4 average) as a senior, missing several games with a groin problem ... As a junior, rushed for 1,650 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Chandler, Nate TE 6-6, 225 Mira Mesa San Diego, CA

PrepStar All-American ... Four-star selection by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Rated No. 5 tight end nationally by Rivals.com and No. 7 tight end by Scout.com ... No. 27 player in California, according to Rivals.com ... Ranked No. 40 player in California by SuperPrep ... Played in East-West All-America game in Orlando ... Rated No. 1 tight end and No. 38 player in California by Scout.com ... Rated No. 1 tight end in California by Rivlas.com ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... As a senior, he made 22 receptions for 297 yards and five touchdowns ...Also an outstanding blocker.

Edison, Justin DE 6-4, 220 Verbum Dei Los Angeles, CA

Rated No. 32 weakside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 74 player in California by Rivals.com ... Ranked No. 3 California weakside defensive end by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 9 defensive end in California by Scout.com ... Earned three stars from Rivals.com and Scout.com ... PrepStar All-Region selection ... All-CIF-SS Mid Valley ... As a senior, 83 tackles and 14 sacks with four deflections ... Also had 26 hurries ... Scored two touchdowns as a tight end ... As a junior, made over 60 tackles, including seven sacks ... Has only played football for two years and has outstanding upside.

Forcier, Chris QB 6-3, 185 St. Augustine San Diego, CA

PrepStar All-American ... SuperPrep All-American ... No. 7 ranked dual-threat quarterback in nation by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 17 player in California by Rivals.com ...Ranked No. 13 quarterback nationally by ESPN.com ... Rated No. 14 quarterback nationally by SuperPrep ... Earned four stars from Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Rated No. 19 quarterback nationally by Scout.com ... Rated No. 28 player in California by SuperPrep ... No. 2 ranked dual-threat quarterback in California by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 3 quarterback and No. 27 player in California by Scout.com ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention ... Led team to CIF titles as a junior and senior ... Member of San Diego Union-Tribune All-Star first team ... San Diego's Eastern League Offensive Player of the Year ... Considered the most athletic quarterback in West ... Threw for 2,347 yards and 23 touchdowns, completing 158 of 291 passes ... Also ran for 631 yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns in 2006 ... Named first-team All-State all-purpose (Medium Schools) by CalHi Sports ... Brother Jason is a quarterback at Michigan.

Harris, Mike OL 6-4, 305 Duarte Duarte, CA

Rated No. 27 offensive guard nationally by Scout.com ... Earned three stars from Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Rated No. 5 offensive guard and No. 74 player in California by Scout.com ... Rated No. 45 offensive guard by Rivals.com ... PrepStar All-Region selection ... Rated No. 77 among players in California by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 81 among players in California by SuperPrep ... Named first-team All-State (Small Schools) by CalHi Sports ... Named to CIF-SS Mid-Valley team ... Physical player with quick feet.

Love, Glenn DB 6-4, 205 Hamilton Chandler, AZ

PrepStar All-American ... Rated No. 7 player in Arizona by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 23 safety by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 12 player in Arizona by SuperPrep ... Earned three stars from Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Rated No. 1 defensive back and No. 12 player in Arizona by Scout.com ... Rated No. 45 safety nationally by Scout.com ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... As a senior, he made 10 interceptions and over 100 tackles ... Love was dominant in the 5A state title game against Mt. View HS (Mesa, AZ), recording nearly a dozen tackles as Hamilton finished 13-1 ... Also made two interceptions and blocked a field goal ... Missed his junior season due to injury.

Price, Brian DT 6-3, 270 Crenshaw Los Angeles, CA

Parade All-American ... PrepStar Dream Team selection ... SuperPrep Elite 50 ... SuperPrep All-American ... Earned five stars from Scout.com ... Ranked No. 5 nationally among defensive tackles by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 50 player in nation by Scout.com ... Ranked No. 7 nationally among defensive tackles by Scout.com ... Rated No. 5 player in California by SuperPrep ... Rated No. 1 defensive tackle and No. 6 player in California by Scout.com ... Rated No. 7 player in California by Rivals.com ... Ranked No. 2 California defensive tackle by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 9 defensive lineman nationally by SuperPrep ...Earned four stars from Rivals.com ... Rated No. 64 player nationally by Rivals.com ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team ... Orange County Register Fab 15 ... Named third-team All-State by CalHi Sports ... Named to L.A. Times All-Star team ... Named Los Angeles City Section Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 ... Coliseum League Defensive MVP ...Price had 131 tackles, 17 tackles loss, 15 sacks, four forced fumbles, and two recovered fumbles while battling double and triple teams in 2006 ... As a junior, made 117 tackles, including 22 sacks and was Coliseum League Defensive MVP.

Sloan, Steve LB 6-2, 219 Archbishop Mitty San Jose, CA

SuperPrep All-American ... PrepStar All-American ... Rated No. 8 inside linebacker nationally by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 2 among California inside linebackers by Rivals.com ... Earned four stars from Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Rated No. 8 strong side linebacker by Scout.com ... Rated No. 2 strongside linebacker and No. 25 player in California by Scout.com ... Rated No. 19 inside linebacker nationally by ESPN.com ... Rated No. 29 linebacker nationally by SuperPrep ... Ranked No. 25 player in California by SuperPrep ... Rated No. 32 player in California by Rivals.com ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... Named third-team All-State by CalHi Sports ... All-San Jose Mercury News first team ... As a senior, made 129 tackles, including nine sacks ... Also made four interceptions and returned two for touchdowns ... As a junior, made 133 tackles ... Runs well and is a physical player.

Viney, Courtney DB 5-10, 160 Edison Fresno, CA

SuperPrep All-American ... Rated No. 17 among defensive backs by SuperPrep ... Rated No. 14 player in California by SuperPrep ... Rated No. 2 cornerback in California and No. 13 player in California by Scout.com ... Ranked No. 11 nationally among cornerbacks by Scout.com ... Earned four stars from Scout.com ... Rated No. 46 player in California by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 20 nationally among cornerbacks by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 4 among California cornerbacks by Rivals.com ... Earned three stars from Rivals.com ... PrepStar All-Region selection ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... Named first-team All-State by CalHi Sports ... Named to Fresno Bee All-Star team ... County/Metro Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... Made 86 solos tackles (100 overall) and six interceptions as a senior ... Has quick hands and does not get beat.


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