Dymond Lee commits to UCLA as a dual-threat quarterback

UCLA needs to fill out its quarterback depth chart. And it’s going to try and do so with one of the state’s best receiver prospects.

West Hill Chaminade’s Dymond Lee committed to the Bruins’ 2016 class on Wednesday, telling Bruin Report Online that he was doing so as a passer rather than a pass-catcher. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Lee is ranked a four-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, with the latter slotting him as one of the top 30 national prospects at receiver.

This is an interesting verbal commitment for several reasons — not least of which being Lee’s limited game experience behind center. Primarily a receiver at Chaminade, he was second on the team with 616 yards and 33 catches. He also rushed for 117 yards on 16 carries.

When he did line up as a quarterback in a Wildcat package, he usually took off running. As a junior, Lee only threw 10 passes all season, completing six of them for 97 yards. He is expected to play more quarterback as a senior.

But after the transfer of former four-star recruit Asiantii Woulard, UCLA was left with just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster: true freshman Josh Rosen, the five-star recruit who appears likely to win the starting job, and returning backup Jerry Neuheisel. Walk-on Mike Fafaul is also in the competition.

Assuming that Rosen fulfills his considerable promise, it is difficult to imagine Lee becoming a full-time quarterback for UCLA. The most likely scenario for him as a passer may be a role similar to that of receiver Devin Fuller, a former quarterback recruit who switched positions shortly after becoming a Bruin. Fuller, who will be a senior this fall, has completed all three of his passes in the last two seasons for 41 yards and a touchdown.

But unlike Lee, Fuller had starring role guiding his high school offense. As a senior at Old Tappan High School in New Jersey, he threw for 2,247 yards and 20 touchdowns on 127-of-195 passing.

Lee is the second quarterback to commit to UCLA’s 2016 class, following three-star recruit Matt Lynch.

  • ProbationU

    Not sure I buy this as an actual QB commit. I hope I’m wrong. We need more depth, IMO.

    • Laker Rod

      Let’s be realistic. At a listed 6’2 175 he’s probably more like 6’0 or 6’1 and 165 or 170.

      Even if he got up to a legit 190 as a graduating senior a year from now this weight still is not ideal for a college QB. A college QB at 6’2 needs to be around 210 minimum.

      So even after redshirting…can a football player seriously add around 35 to 45 pounds on a 6’1 frame in only a 2 or 3 year period? Not realistic.

      Maybe Mora better start taking “mercinaries”.

  • Oz

    Isn’t this like Aaron Sharp. They coach him up at QB and if he doesn’t develop, he can shift over to WR. At least this way Mora doesn’t have to worry about Lee transferring so he can play QB somewhere else like Woulard.

    With Rosen on the team, nobody is worried about the starting QB, and they have the same backup QB in Neuheisel that did the job against Texas. What people are worried is depth, numbers, and now they have two QB recruits. Just what they needed.

    • MPPBruin

      Neuheisel can fill in in a pinch, but I don’t know if I’d be too confident for him taking over if Rosen is out for a long stretch.

      • ProbationU

        I think if Lee is ever a QB, it is a few years down the road.

        • Tommy B Low Us

          I think it is pretty safe to say mora has made his mind up about the starting QB. Lee would not see the field as a QB until at least 2018. The dude really is a stud reciever anyway.

          • ProbationU

            I think it is highly unlikely he will ever play QB for UCLA unless it is some part of a package for a few plays.