UCLA has just landed its most highly touted receiver prospect in years.
Four-star wideout Theo Howard committed to the Bruins on Sunday, providing hope that the program can add the type of speed on the edge that it’s lacked through the entire Jim Mora era. The Westlake High senior is one of the top-10 receivers in the country, according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com.
As prolific as UCLA’s offense has been in the last few years, the team has produced just one 1,000-yard receiver since 2003. Nelson Rosario had 1,161 receiving yards that year.
— Theo Howard (@theohoward2) November 1, 2015
If senior Jordan Payton doesn’t break that drought this season — he has 681 yards through eight games — Howard looks like a prime candidate to do so next season. The 6-foot, 175-pound target intends to enroll at UCLA in January, giving him plenty of time to build chemistry with quarterback Josh Rosen. He could immediately step in on the edge to complement inside receiver Thomas Duarte, and fill the void left by Payton and senior Devin Fuller.
Howard is ranked by Rivals as the No. 32 prospect at any position in the class of 2016. Fuller was ranked No. 37 in 2012, but arrived at UCLA as a quarterback before converting to receiver.