Football Recruiting: Defensive Tackles

A position of need, UCLA went a long way in fulfilling some of that need in getting an early commitment from C.J. Niusulu. Here are the other guys on UCLA's recruiting list at defensive tackle...


C.J. Niusulu, 6-2, 281, Barstow (Calif.) High. COMMITTTED. Fairly unknown previously, Niusulu blew up at the San Diego Nike Camp where he was considered the best defensive tackle at the camp. Since that camp he's been getting a great deal of attention from programs all over the country. But Niusulu said he was a long-time UCLA fan and that his dream was to go to Westwood. So, when the UCLA coaches offered Niusulu a scholarship on May 14th, he quickly accepted. "It's a dream come true," Niusulu said. A good student who is already qualified, Niusulu was being coveted by the likes of Cal, Washington, Oregon and USC since the Nike camp. Football recruiting gurus are indicating that he'll more than likely be ranked among the top 10 defensive tackles in the country.

Fred Matua, 6-4, 300, Los Angeles (Calif.) Banning. The consensus best lineman on the west coast and listed on the short list of the best DLs in the country. Matua is getting recruited hard and he's definitely confused and still open. He had said in the past UCLA was his favorite. He'll more than likely take at least a few trips, but he repeatedly says that it would be very hard to leave his family. He's looking at Miami, Notre Dame and Nebraska, but if it comes down to the local schools, UCLA and USC could be battling it out for him in January.

Haloti Ngata, 6-4, 308, Salt Lake City (Utah) Highland. Ngata has emerged as one of the best in the west and in the country after an impressive Nike Camp. Having once had UCLA at the top of his list, they fell off recently, but are now back on. He says he's coming to UCLA's one-day camp on June 9th. He more than likely will take his Mormon mission right out of high school.

Larry Dibbles, 6-2, 281, Lancaster (Tex.) High. One of the best in Texas and the country, Dibbles is a dominating physical presence. Texas leads, and UCLA is on his top five, which also includes Oklahoma, Florida State and Notre Dame.

Manuel Wright, 6-6, 285, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Many consider him the best in the country. He's a player that dominates games. Wright had UCLA strong last year, but a combination of poor academics and Wright being recruited hard by schools such as Miami, Florida, Florida State and USC have moved UCLA down his list.

Marco Martin, 6-3, 312, Mesquite (Tex.) High. With Dibbles and Rodrique Wright, they are a very formidable trio of from Texas, and all three generally make the top national recruiting lists. Martin is a physical freak. UCLA is trying but it will be hard competing with the Texas schools and the other national powers.

Rodrique Wright, 6-5, 326, Alief (Tex.) Hastings. Huge Rodrique is a load to move on the defensive line and considered one of the best run stuffers in the nation. UCLA has been recruiting him but they have to be a longshot.

Chase Pittman, 6-4, 235, Shreveport (Louis.) Evangel Christian. From one of the best high school programs in the country, Pittman could end up playing DE also. UCLA is recruiting him, along with other southern schools.

Kasey Stoddard, 6-3, 260, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) High. Considered the best in Colorado, Stoddard made many national all-underclasss all-amercan lists. The Pac-10 and Colorado are recruiting him.

Haines Holloway, 6-2, 290, Camden (New Jersey) Wilson. A great run stopper and decent rusher, Holloway is considered one of the best in the east. He has listed UCLA, but probably favors Tennessee or Wisconsin.

Jonathon Mapu, 6-3, 260, Kahuku (Haw.) High. Thought to be the best player in Hawaii, Mapu is getting national recruiting attention.UCLA hasn't done well in Hawaii in recent years and they're feeling out the situation with Mapu.

Lamar Mills, 6-3, 265, Metarie (Louis.) Archbishop Rummel. A player with nice potential, Mills is said to have good quickness. He has listed UCLA among a long list of schools.

Tauren Brown, 6-6, 275, Katy (Tex.) Cinco Ranch. A big, burly prospect from Texas, Brown was one of the best at the A&M Nike Camp. He likes UCLA, along with the Texas schools.

Will Down, 6-2, 275, Escondido (Calif.) San Pasqual. One of the best in SoCal, Down is getting good reviews from college coaches. UCLA is in scouting mode with him. He has said he likes Arizona the best, but is looking at UCLA, Colorado and others.

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