UCLA missed out on several of their top quarterback targets this past year including Playa del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernards signal caller Rocky Hinds. The Bruins have already identified their top quarterback target in the class of 2005 in Pomona (Calif.) Garey's Osaar Rashan, a player that draws a lot of comparisons to Rocky Hinds and UCLA has offered already.
Rashan, 6-4, 215 pounds will arguably be the state's most athletic quarterback in next year's class and according to his head coach at Garey, is being recruited in three sports.
"I've never seen a better athlete in all my years of coaching, Garey head coach Joey Mariani said. "He camped at UCLA last summer and ran a 4.6-40 and can throw the ball 75 yards in the air. We're a running team and didn't really feature the pass much but Osaar is an incredible prospect. Just the other night, he scored 30 points and had 20 rebounds in basketball and has a 90MPH fastball in baseball as well.
"I'm obviously a little biased, I hope he sticks with football because it's where I think he's the most gifted. He's like a gray hound on the field, so big, fast and athletic. He's not super polished right now as a pure thrower but UCLA loved him at their camp and offered him shortly after. Pete Carroll called me the week before Signing Day and said he's coming by to see him and I've already heard from schools as far away as Michigan and Tennessee who can't wait to see more of him. UCLA is his only offer right now, but every coach I've talked with has hinted that they could be offering early as well, he's just a special athlete."
Rashan put up very modest numbers as a junior throwing for just 768 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for 287 yards and four more scores.
"Like I said, stats don't come close to telling the whole story with Osaar," Mariani said. "We had a 1,600 yard running back like last year and our offense was really built around the running game. All you need to do is look at Osaar in one practice and you'll be blown away. I mean he could be a Div I quarterback, safety or receiver because of how athletic he is but he's a quarterback and that's where everyone likes him. I have heard him compared to Rocky Hinds before because they're similar in size, athleticism and both are still a little raw as pure throwers.
"Right now, Osaar is pretty open although he does like UCLA a lot because they offered him and he enjoyed their camp last year. Still when you have schools like USC and Michigan talking about wanting to come see you, that's impressive so I don't think he's really considering making an early decision at this time. I think he just wants to go through the recruiting process and see how it plays out."