Football Recruiting: Defense Ends

A position of need, UCLA will be looking to stock up this year at defensive end, looking for both talent and depth. Kevin Harbour has already committed, and there are some other fairly unknown recruits that UCLA has targeted...


UCLA will take at least two, if not three, defensive ends, and could take a few more athlete-types that project to the position.

Kevin Harbour, 6-4, 250, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. COMMITTED. It's undetermined what position Harbour might play in college, but right now his size and quickness make him more suited to play defensive end. If he puts on weight and bulk, he could end up a very quick defensive tackle. Either way, UCLA is very happy with Harbour, especially after he performed very well at the San Diego Nike Camp and was the consensus best defensive lineman at the camp.

Matt Traverso, 6-6, 220, Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers. Traverso, a great all-around athlete, excelled at both DE and TE last year, and plays basketball, too. He had 63 tackles and 10 sacks on defense last season. He plays aggressively and has the quickness and instincts, and a great frame to grow into. Traverso has UCLA leading Stanford, Illinois and Notre Dame. UCLA likes Traverso quite a bit and have offered him a scholarship.

Curtis Justus, 6-7, 220, Perry, (Okla.) High. Also a TE/DE combo, Justus is considered a great all-around football player. While he's done well at tight end in high school, he has said he's open to also playing defenssive end in college. He likes UCLA, along with Oklahoma, Stanford, Arkansas, Miami, Oklahoma State, Texas and Arizona State.

Jesse Taylor, 6-4, 240, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. Coming from a UCLA family, with his parents having gone to UCLA and his sister currently attending UCLA, you'd think Taylor would be a lock. But the word is that Taylor would prefer to play tight end, and justifiably so after he was possibly the best tight end at the San Diego Nike Camp - a camp that both UCLA's verbally committed tight ends attended. With UCLA only taking two tight ends, that presents a quandary for Taylor. UCLA is recruiting him as an ATH/DE, and would really like to bring him in, but it will be a question of whether Taylor agrees to it. Other schools, specifically USC, are now recruiting him hard.

Chris Frome, 6-5, 235, Newhall (Calif.) Hart. A kid with great potential, Frome has great size and quickness. He attended UCLA's junior day but is leaning toward leaving the area. He likes Michigan and Notre Dame, as well as UCLA, Stanford and Cal. UCLA hasn't offered and will continue to watch him, but if he has great numbers in his senior season the Bruins could go very hard after Frome.

Kai Parham, 6-3, 235, 4.6, Virginia Beach (Virg.) Princess Anne. One of the best defensive players in the country, Parham is sometimes projected as a linebacker while many think he'll be a defensive end. He's getting recruited by the entire universe and UCLA is taking a shot.

Bryan Pickryl, 6-5, 230, 4.5, Jenks (Okla.) High. Another big national recruit, Pickryl is a wanted man by every college football program in the country. UCLA is trying like everyone else.

Will Peddie, 6-6, 220, La Jolla (Calif.) High. A nice athlete with good size and athleticism, Peddie is thought to have some of the best potential of any prospect in Southern California. UCLA has known about him and is recruiting him.

Tamba Hall, 6-4, 245, Teaneck (New Jersey) High. Considered one of the bese defensive end prospecs in the east and numbered among those nationally, Hall is fast and strong. Hall has dozens of offers, including one from UCLA, but says his favorites are Penn State, Michigan, and Tennessee.

Jared Clinton, 6-6, 230, Shreveport (Louis.) Evangel Christian. A standout recruit from one of the best high school programs in the country, Clinton is an exceptional, but raw, athlete. He has indicated he likes UCLA as well as other schools.

Tom Hoffart, 6-4, 235, Davis (Calif.) High. Considered one of the best defensive end prospects in California and an all-state underclass selection, Hoffart is the younger brother of current UCLA basketball walk-on, John Hoffart. He had a good showing at the Stanford Nike Camp.

Tim Volk, 6-2, 225, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame. A kid who definitely plays with his hair on fire, Volk is all-around the ball. His problem, though, is, he's not hear the 6-3 and 240 that you see him listed. So, the question will be: Since he's not really big enough to project as a DE on the next level, is he quick enough to play linebacker? UCLA is watching.

Allen Petroff, 6-4, 240, Elsinore (Calif.) High. An all-state underclass selection, Petroff plays both sides of the ball, but many colleges are thinking of him as a defensive end. He's on UCLA's list.

Loren Howard, 6-5, 260, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro. A sleeper that many college coaches have discovered, Howard has the makings of being an elie recruit. He likes Stan, UCLA, Cal, USC, and Notre Dame.

Thomas Patton, 6-3, 250, Oakland (Calif.) Tech. Patton turned in a good performance at the Stanford Nike Camp, showing great quickness and pash rushing ability. He likes UCLA but probably is leaning toward Oregon. Also looking at Washington and Cal.

Earl Anderson, 6-3, 265, San Marcos, Texas. One of the best defensiv end recruits in Texas, UCLA has known about him and been on him for a while.

Donny Mateaki, 6-5, 235, Honolulu (Haw.) Iolani. A great physical specimen, Mateaki could almost get scholarship offers on his appearance alone. Still pretty raw, Mateaki is hearing for most of the west coast schools. UCLA hasn't recruited well in Hawaii recently.

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