Football Recruiting Class Announced

Feb. 7, 2001

Complete Recruit Roster

LOS ANGELES - Safety Matt Ware, record-setting running back Tyler Ebell and offensive lineman Robert Cleary head the list of 18 student-athletes (17 from high school and one from junior college) who have signed letters-of-intent to attend UCLA. Ware and Ebell were selected to the Parade Magazine All-America team. Ware was named first-team All-America by USA Today and Cleary was also honored by USA Today as a second-team selection.

'We are very excited about this group of young men,' said head coach Bob Toledo. 'While I feel it always takes a few years to properly assess recruiting classes, I feel this one has outstanding potential. Our coaching staff did a great job of assembling a well-balanced class. We wanted to sign several defensive backs and offensive linemen and we accomplished that goal while fortifying other positions as well. The student-athletes in this group are not only outstanding football players, they are fine young men who will mesh well with our current group of players.'

Five of UCLA's signees - offensive lineman Collin Barker, Cleary, Ebell, wide receiver Junior Taylor and Ware - were selected to PrepStar's Dream team. In addition, 11 of the new Bruins - offensive lineman Ed Blanton, tight end Keith Carter, defensive back Marcus Cassel, defensive back Matthew Clark, running back Jason Harrison, linebacker Spencer Havner, defensive back Jacques Lazarus, running back Wendell Mathis, offensive lineman Matt Mosebar, safety Jibril Raymo and quarterback John Sciarra - were named PrepStar All-Americans. Offensive lineman Mike McCloskey earned All-West honors from PrepStar while defensive lineman David Tautofi was listed on that publication's junior college All-America team.

SuperPrep's All-America team included seven new Bruins - Barker, Carter, Cleary, Harrison, Raymo, Taylor and Ware. In addition, Blanton, Cassel, Clark, Ebell, Havner, Lazarus, Mathis and Mosebar were named to one of SuperPrep's All-Region squads.

Tom Lemming's All-America team included five new Bruins - Carter, Cleary, Raymo, Taylor and Ware - and eight more - Barker, Blanton, Cassel, Ebell, Harrison, Havner, Mosebar and Sciarra - were named to his All-Region teams.

UCLA's list of signees also includes 10 members of the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West team, including one of the four players who received the maximum of 10 votes (Raymo). Also selected to the first team were Cassel, Cleary, Harrison, Havner, Mosebar, Taylor and Ware while Blanton and Ebell were named to the second team.

High School Signees POS HT WT High School Hometown
Collin Barker OL 6-8 300 Wortham HS Wortham, TX
Ed Blanton OL 6-9 300 Napa HS Napa, CA
Keith Carter TE 6-4 250 Downington HS Downington, PA
Marcus Cassel DB 6-0 170 St. John Bosco HS Carson, CA
Matthew Clark DB 5-9 160 Cleveland HS Lakeview Terrace, CA
Robert Cleary OL 6-7 285 Temescal Canyon HS Canyon Lake, CA
Tyler Ebell RB 5-9 175 Ventura HS Ventura, CA
Jason Harrison RB 5-9 185 Gunderson HS San Jose, CA
Spencer Havner LB 6-3 210 Nevada Union HS Nevada City, CA
Jacques Lazarus DB 6-1 180 Palisades HS Santa Monica, CA
Wendell Mathis RB 5-11 185 Merced HS Merced, CA
Mike McCloskey OL 6-5 265 Laguna Hills HS Laguna Hills, CA
Matt Mosebar OL 6-8 280 Santa Ynez HS Santa Ynez, CA
Jibril Raymo DB 6-3 195 Beverly Hills HS Los Angeles, CA
John Sciarra QB 6-2 194 St. Francis HS La Canada, CA
Junior Taylor WR 6-2 185 Mesa HS Gilbert, AZ
Matt Ware DB 6-3 195 Loyola HS Malibu, CA
Junior College Signee POS HT WT High School Hometown
David Tautofi DL 6-3 285 Fresno CC Fresno, CA

Collin Barker * OL * 6-8 * 300 * Wortham HS * Wortham, TX
Member of PrepStar Dream Team (No. 17 offensive lineman)...PrepStar All-American (No. 4 offensive lineman in Midlands region)...SuperPrep All-American (No. 22 offensive lineman)...Rated nation's No. 25 offensive lineman by FoxStudentSports.com...PrepStar Super 30 All-Midlands (No. 17 prospect)...SuperPrep All-Southwest/Texas (No. 16 prospect)...Rated nation's No. 33 offensive lineman by Rivals.com...Tom Lemming All-Southwest...Student Sports Senior All-American...Pre-season PrepStar Super 30 All-Midlands...Pre-season SuperPrep All-American (No. 25 offensive lineman and No. 15 prospect in Texas)...In 1999, selected All-State, All-Area and All-District...Also plays on Wortham's basketball team.

Ed Blanton * OL * 6-9 * 300 * Napa HS * Napa, CA
PrepStar All-American (No. 6 offensive lineman in West)...Rated nation's No. 38 offensive lineman by Rivals.com...Tom Lemming All-West (No. 59 prospect)...SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 65 prospect)...Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West second team...Second-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports)...Selected to play in CaliFlorida Bowl...Pre-Season SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 37 prospect)...An outstanding wrestler, he owns a record of 26-2 (as of Jan. 31) with 25 pins.

Keith Carter * TE * 6-4 * 250 * Downington HS * Downington, PA
PrepStar All-American (No. 2 tight end in East)...SuperPrep All-American (No. 5 tight end)...PrepStar Super 30 All-Eastern Region (No. 16 prospect)...SuperPrep All-Northeast/Pennsylvania (No. 12 prospect)...Selected second-team All-State (Class 4A and 3A)...Rated nation's No. 7 tight end by FoxStudentSports.com...Rated nation's No. 15 tight end by Rivals.com...Tom Lemming All-American (No. 86 prospect) and All-East (No. 7 prospect)...Made 33 receptions for 420 yards and six touchdowns... As a defensive end, he made 10 sacks...Also plays basketball and baseball...Pre-season SuperPrep All-American (No. 5 tight end and No. 12 prospect in Pennsylvania)...In 1999, he caught 39 passes for 574 yards and four touchdowns...On defense, made 47 tackles, including six sacks, and one interception...Selected first-team All-Area and All-League...Grandson of NFl Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti of the Baltimore Colts.

Marcus Cassel * DB * 6-0 * 170 * St. John Bosco HS * Carson, CA
PrepStar All-American (No. 6 defensive back in West)...Rated nation's No. 15 cornerback by Rivals.com...Rated nation's No. 20 cornerback by FoxStudentSports.com...SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 34 prospect)...Tom Lemming All-West (No. 81 prospect)...Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West (seven votes)...Second-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports)...Selected L.A. Times All-South Coast/Southeast as a defensive back...Made 60 tackles and two interceptions, one for a touchdown, in 10 games...Pre-season SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 88 prospect)...In 1999, made 110 tackles, including 10 for losses...Also made four interceptions and broke up 17 other passes.

Matthew Clark * DB * 5-9 * 160 * Cleveland HS * Lakeview Terrace, CA
PrepStar All-American (No. 9 'athlete' in the West)...SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 76 prospect)...Rated nation's No. 43 cornerback by Rivals.com...Selected second-team L.A. Times All-Valley as a defensive back...Co-Offensive Player of the Year in his league...Selected to play in CaliFlorida Bowl...Rushed for 1,552 yards and 15 touchdowns on 205 attempts...Also returned three kickoffs (80, 98, 88) for touchdowns...Cousin is fellow signee Matt Ware.

Robert Cleary * OL * 6-7 * 285 * Temescal Canyon HS * Canyon Lake, CA
USA Today second-team All-American...Member of PrepStar Dream Team (No. 10 offensive lineman)...PrepStar All-American (No. 2 offensive lineman in West)...Rated nation's No. 8 offensive lineman by FoxStudentSports.com...Rated nation's No. 9 offensive lineman by Rivals.com...SuperPrep All-American (No. 28 offensive lineman)...SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 30 prospect)...Member of Rivals 100 (No. 54 prospect)...Tom Lemming All-American and All-West (No. 19 prospect)...USA Today/Max Emfinger Top 125 and No. 6 offensive tackle...PrepStar Super 30 All-Western Region (No. 17 prospect)...Student Sports Senior All-American...Student Sports Top 100 (No. 57 prospect)...Member of Dallas Morning News Top 100...Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West (eight votes)...First-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports)...Las Vegas Sun Super 11 first team...All-CIF Southern Section first team...All-CIF-SS Division V...Selected L.A. Times All-Inland Empire Lineman/Linebacker of the Year and was also named All-Inland Empire...Selected to play in CaliFlorida Bowl...Played in National All-Star Game in Texas...Selected All-CIF twice...On defense, he made 87 tackles, including 37 assists...Credited with eight sacks and 15 tackles for losses...Pre-Season PrepStar Super 30 All-West...Pre-season SuperPrep All-American (No. 18 offensive lineman in nation and No. 22 prospect in Far West)...As a junior, he was selected to the Junior All-State team and All-CIF Southern Section...Defensively, made 87 tackles (40 solos) and had 18 tackles for losses (eight sacks), 15 knockdowns and 14 hurries...Also averages about 15 points and eight rebounds in basketball.

Tyler Ebell * RB * 5-9 * 175 * Ventura HS * Ventura, CA
Member of PrepStar Dream Team (No. 6 running back)...Parade All-American...PrepStar All-American (No. 1 running back in West)...USA Today California Player of the Year...Winner of Glenn Davis Award as L.A. Times Southern California Player of the Year...Selected L.A. Times Ventura County Player of the Year and first-team All-Ventura County...Rated nation's No. 24 running back by Rivals.com...Ranked No. 25 among nation's backs by FoxStudentSports.com...Tom Lemming All-West (No. 35 prospect)...PrepStar Super 30 All-Western Region offensive MVP (No. 9 prospect)...SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 59 prospect)...Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West second team...Led Ventura to 13-1 record and CIF-SS Division IV championship...Student Sports Senior All-American...Cal-Hi Sports California State Player of the Year...First-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports)...Las Vegas Sun Super 11 second team...All-CIF Southern Section first team...CIF-SS Division IV Offensive Player of the Year...Selected to play in CaliFlorida Bowl...Set new national records as a senior with 4,495 rushing yards and 64 rushing touchdowns...Set California career records with 7,385 rushing yards and 111 rushing touchdowns on 895 attempts (8.3 average)... Rushed for 276 yards (9.6 average) and three scores in CIF title game against Arroyo Grande... Ebell rushed for at least 300 yards in 10 games in 2000, including 393 yards and six touchdowns in the first meeting with Arroyo Grande, 379 and five touchdowns versus Oxnard, 375 yards and five scores against Moorpark, 365 yards and four touchdowns versus Santa Barbara and 361 yards and six scores against San Marcos...Averaged double figures in yards per carry in eight of his 14 games...Scored at least five touchdowns seven times...As a junior in 1999, he rushed for 1,633 yards and 31 touchdowns... Also averaged 15 points per game in basketball while earning first-team All-League honors.

Jason Harrison * RB * 5-9 * 185 * Gunderson HS * San Jose, CA
PrepStar All-American (No. 6 'athlete' in West)...SuperPrep All-American (No. 22 running back)...SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 11 prospect)...Rated nation's No. 37 running back by Rivals.com...Tom Lemming All-West (No. 36 prospect)...All-State honorable mention (Cal-Hi Sports)...Las Vegas Sun Super 11 honorable mention...Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West (eight votes)...In 10 games, rushed for 1,787 yards and 23 touchdowns...Averaged 8.8 yards on his 204 attempts...Scored 144 points... His career totals include 3,878 yards and 40 touchdowns on 448 carries... Also returned three kickoffs and three punts for touchdowns during his career...Pre-season PrepStar Super 30 All-West...Pre-season SuperPrep All-American (No. 10 running back in nation and No. 8 prospect in Far West)...In 1999, he rushed for 1,487 yards and 16 touchdowns ...Also made three interceptions on defense...Scored four touchdowns on kick returns.

Spencer Havner * LB * 6-3 * 210 * Nevada Union HS * Nevada City, CA
PrepStar All-American (No. 4 linebacker in West)...Rated nation's No. 12 linebacker by FoxStudentSports.com...PrepStar Super 30 All-Western Region (No. 22 prospect)...Rated nation's No. 11 linebacker by Rivals.com...Member of Rivals 100 (No. 97 prospect)...SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 53 prospect)...Tom Lemming All-West (No. 69 prospect)...Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West (seven votes)...Selected to play in CaliFlorida Bowl...Second-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports)...In 13 games (12-1) as a senior, he made 110 tackles, eight sacks and eight interceptions (two touchdowns)...During his career, he made over 200 tackles, 18 sacks and 12 interceptions...Pre-season SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 58 prospect)...In 1999, he was All-State and All-League...Credited with 98 tackles, including eight sacks...Also recovered four fumbles and made four interceptions, returning two for scores

Jacques Lazarus * DB * 6-1 * 180 * Palisades HS * Santa Monica, CA
PrepStar All-American (No. 4 'athlete' in West)...SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 77 prospect)...Rated nation's No. 74 wide receiver by Rivals.com...Accounted for almost 2,500 yards total offense as a senior...Had 1,460 receiving yards (26-yard average) and 16 receiving touchdowns and rushed for over 1,000 yards and 16 more touchdowns in 11 games (8-3 record)...Pre-season SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 36 prospect)...In 1999, he accounted for over 1,300 yards rushing and receiving and 15 touchdowns.

Wendell Mathis * RB * 5-11 * 185 * Merced HS * Merced, CA
PrepStar All-American (No. 7 running back in West)...SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 52 prospect)...Rated nation's No. 56 running back by Rivals.com...All-State honorable mention (Cal-Hi Sports)...Las Vegas Sun Super 11 honorable mention...As a senior running back, he rushed for 2,027 yards and 21 touchdowns on 227 attempts, averaging 8.9 yards per carry...Also made 11 receptions for 197 yards and two scores...Selected his league's Offensive Back of the Year...Also selected All-Area...As a junior, he rushed for 1,466 yards and 18 touchdowns...Also plays basketball and runs track.

Mike McCloskey * OL * 6-5 * 265 * Laguna Hills HS * Laguna Hills, CA
PrepStar All-West honorable mention...Ranked among the nation's top 60 players at his position by Rivals.com...All-CIF SS Division VI...Selected L.A. Times All-Orange County...Played both sides of the football at Laguna Hills...Very athletic lineman.

Matt Mosebar * OL * 6-8 * 280 * Santa Ynez HS * Santa Ynez, CA
PrepStar All-American (No. 9 offensive lineman in West)...Rated nation's No. 34 offensive lineman by Rivals.com...Tom Lemming All-West (No. 49 prospect)...SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 62 prospect)...Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West (seven votes)...All-CIF SS Division X...Selected to play in CaliFlorida Bowl...Also plays volleyball for a state championship team...Pre-season SuperPrep All-American (No. 29 offensive lineman in nation and No. 27 prospect in Far West)...Nephew of Don Mosebar, who was an All-American at USC and starred with the Oakland/L.A. Raiders.

Jibril Raymo * DB * 6-3 * 195 * Beverly Hills HS * Los Angeles, CA
PrepStar All-American (No. 4 defensive back in West)...Rated nation's No. 8 safety by FoxStudentSports.com...Rated nation's No. 9 safety by Rivals.com...Tom Lemming All-American and All-West (No. 26 prospect)...USA Today/Max Emfinger Top 125 and No. 4 strong safety ...SuperPrep All-American (No. 29 defensive back)...PrepStar Super 30 All-Western Region (No. 30 prospect)...SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 15 prospect)...One of four '10s' on Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West...Las Vegas Sun Super 11 second team...First-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports)...All-CIF-SS Division III...Selected L.A. Times All-South Bay/Westside as a defensive back...Played in National All-Star Game in Texas...Selected to play in CaliFlorida Bowl...As a senior, he was named team MVP after making 86 tackles...Caused six fumbles and recovered two...Also made 32 receptions for 405 yards and seven touchdowns...Pre-season SuperPrep All-American (No. 20 defensive back in nation and No. 24 prospect in Far West)...Also stars in track with bests of 49.3 in the 400 meters.

John Sciarra * QB * 6-2 * 194 * St. Francis HS * La Canada, CA
PrepStar All-American (No. 11 quarterback in West)...Selected first-team L.A. Times All San Fernando Valley as a quarterback...Rated nation's No. 50 quarterback by Rivals.com...Tom Lemming All-West (No. 70 prospect)...All-State honorable mention (Cal-Hi Sports)...All-CIF-SS Division III...Led St. Francis to CIF semi-finals in its division before losing to Hart...Completed 173 of 292 passes for 2,664 yards, 21 touchdowns and just eight interceptions as a senior...During his career, he passed for 7,038 yards and 64 touchdowns...Pre-season SuperPrep All-American (No. 23 quarterback in nation and No. 29 prospect in Far West)...In 1999, he completed 179 of 296 passes for 2,861 yards and 28 touchdowns...Also plays basketball and baseball...Father, John, was an All-America quarterback at UCLA, leading Bruins to victory in 1976 Rose Bowl versus No. 1 Ohio State.

David Tautofi * DL * 6-3 * 285 * Fresno CC * Fresno, CA
Selected to PrepStar Junior College All-America team ... Helped team to 10-1 record ... Made 52 tackles, including eight sacks and 17 tackles for loss ... Also forced seven fumbles, recovered two fumbles and broke up four passes ... Cousin of current San Diego Charger All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau.

Junior Taylor * WR * 6-2 * 185 * Mesa HS * Gilbert, AZ
Member of PrepStar Dream Team (No. 14 wide receiver)...PrepStar All-American (No. 3 wide receiver in West)...PrepStar Super 30 All-Western Region (No. 18 prospect)...Rated nation's No. 10 wide receiver by FoxStudentSports.com...SuperPrep All-American (No. 16 receiver)...SuperPrep All-Far West/Arizona (No. 4 prospect)...Tom Lemming All-American (No. 93 prospect) and All-West (No. 15 prospect)...Member of Rivals 100 (No. 81 prospect)...Student Sports Top 100 (No. 57 prospect)...Member of Dallas Morning News Top 100...Las Vegas Sun Super 11 second team...Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West (eight votes)...Rated nation's No. 11 wide receiver by Rivals.com...As a senior, he made 49 receptions for 689 yards and seven touchdowns...Also scored three touchdowns on punt returns...Made six interceptions on defense...Named All-State...Pre-season PrepStar Super 30 All-West...Pre-season SuperPrep All-American (No. 17 wide receiver)...Pre-season SuperPrep No. 4 prospect in Arizona...In 1999, he made 41 receptions for 973 yards and eight touchdowns for a run-oriented team.

Matt Ware * DB * 6-3 * 195 * Loyola HS * Malibu, CA
USA Today first-team All-American...Parade All-American...Member of PrepStar Dream Team (No. 1 defensive back)...PrepStar All-American (No. 1 'athlete' in West)...Member of SuperPrep Elite 50 (No. 8 overall) and SuperPrep All-American (No. 1 defensive back)...Rated nation's No. 1 safety by FoxStudentSports.com...SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 2 prospect)...PrepStar Super 30 All-Western Region (No. 1 prospect)...Member of Rivals.com 11-man Defensive All-American team...Member of Rivals 100 (No. 7 prospect)...Rated nation's No. 2 safety by Rivals.com...Member of Rivals.com Top 100...Student Sports Top 100 (No. 4 prospect)...Tom Lemming All-American (No. 32 prospect) and All-West (No. 6 prospect)...Member of Lemming Super Team...Rated nation's No. 8 prospect by cnnsi.com/SuperPrep and No. 4 defensive back...USA Today/Max Emfinger Top 125 and No. 1 free safety ...Member of Dallas Morning News Top 100...Student Sports Senior All-American...Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West (eight votes)...First-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports)...Las Vegas Sun Super 11 first team...All-CIF Southern Section first team...CIF-SS Division I Player of the Year...Named L.A. Times All-Central City Player of the Year and All-Central City as a quarterback...Selected to play in CaliFlorida Bowl...As a senior, Ware made 32 solo tackles, 27 assists and four interceptions to bring his career totals to 134 tackles, 88 assists and eight interceptions... Also caused six fumbles and made 17 tackles for losses during his career...On offense, he ran for 1,161 yards and 17 touchdowns and passed for over 1,000 yards and 16 more scores...Pre-season SuperPrep Top 50...Pre-season SuperPrep All-American (No. 4 defensive back nationally and No. 3 prospect in Far West)...In 1999, he made 84 tackles, including four for losses, and one interception...On offense, he passed for 786 yards and five touchdowns, rushed for 346 yards and three touchdowns and made 11 receptions for 198 yards and three touchdowns...Also stars in track, excelling in the long jump (23-10), 100 meters (10.78) and 200 meters (21.9).

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