FB Recruiting: Linebackers

It's a fairly thin year in the west -- and luckily UCLA isn't too thin at linebacker for the forseeable future. But there is still plenty of room for an elite prospect like Illinois' <b> Kyle Williams</b>. Here's the early list of UCLA targets...

Note: Being on the "A List" means UCLA has offered the prospect a scholarship, or is on the verge of doing so.

If you want all of the recruiting information on each recruit, remember to click on the hyper links attached to the names of each prospect to go to their player profiles and story archives.

Kyle Williams, 6-2, 215, Bolingbrook (Ill.) High.  He performed his way into being considered one of the best linebacker prospects in the country at the Nike Camp. Very fast, and well put-together, Williams is getting targeted now by the best programs in the country.  UCLA has been on his short list for a while. A List.

Andrew Schantz, 6-0, 220, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon. Another who performed his way up the recruiting charts at a Nike Camp, Schantz was the consensus #1 linebacker prospect at the L.A. Camp in April. Combining a great body and very good speed, Schantz, though, many schools might wait on him to see how he does this fall.

Lamar Robinson, 6-2, 220, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat. A bit of a sleeper, but known by those in-the-know in Southern California, Robinson has good size and very good speed.  UCLA is on him. 

Joe Mortensen, 6-1, 235, Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley. Another who improved his rep by a performance at a Nike Camp this spring, Mortensen was probably the #1 linebacker at the NorCal camp, putting up 33 reps on the bench while running well.   The Pac-10 is scouting him.

Worrell Williams, 6-0, 245, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant.  Thought to be one of the best in the west, Williams also tested well at the NorCal Nike Camp. He's the half-brother of former big-time De La Salle prospect D.J. Williams. He claims UCLA has offered him. The Bruins are recruiting him. 

Ryan Phipps, 6-0, 205, Corona (Calif.) Centennial.  Phipps had a big junior year, recording 172 tackles, and he showed why at the L.A. Nike Camp when he showed great speed and quickness. 

Russell Allen, 6-3, 210, Vista (Calif.) High. Good size and very good lateral quickness (clocking a  3.96 time in the shuttle at the SoCal Nike Camp), Allen is one of the best in Southern California.

Paul Szczesny, 6-2, 240, Tucson (Ariz.) Pima Community College. One of the best JC linebackers in the west who is very athletic, Szcesny has some decent offers and has UCLA on his list.

Dustin Kleven, 6-3, 220, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral. Probably the best in Arizona, Kleven moves really well for a prospect his size, with good agility.  UCLA is on his list.

Alan Darlin, 6-1, 223, Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek. Really impressive at the NorCal Nike Camp, clocking a very quick 4 flat shuttle time, Darlin is now seeing programs get on him, and UCLA is starting to recruit him.

Parker Hanks, 6-0, 210, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle. A player always around the ball, he also had a good showing at the NorCal Nike Camp. He's considered an elite catcher prospect in baseball. UCLA is his favorite.

Jed Collins, 6-2, 230, Mission Viejo (Calif.) High. One of the best in Southern California, with good size and aggressiveness, UCLA is trying with Collins but he has other favorites.

Marcus Freeman, 6-2, 232, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne. Considered one of the best in the midwest and possibly the country, UCLA has tried with Freeman, but is competing with some of the big names in the region.

Others to Watch:

Lance Brandenburgh, 6-1, 215, Overland Park (Kans.) St. Thomas Aquinas
James Greer, 6-2, 225, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat
Will Pace, 6-3, 240, Anaheim (Calif.) Western
Adam Vincent, 6-2, 215, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Terrance Kelly, 6-0, 205, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Ben Keller, 6-2, 220, Henderson (Nev.) Coronado
Josh Stephens, 6-1, 220, Bakersfield (Calif.) West
Isaiah Cook, 6-3, 200, Claremont (Calif.) High
Thomas Oden, 6-3, 220, Culver City (Calif.) High
Art Drumright, 6-2, 205, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High
Langston Johnson, 6-2, 220, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine.
Joaquin Martinson, 6-1, 215, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Matt Miller, 6-3, 220, Las Vegas (Nev.) Cimarron Memorial
Perris Loatman, 6-0, 210, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard
Ray Mualaga, 6-0, 210, Eureka (Calif.) High
David Haile, 6-2, 200, Union City (Calif.) James Logan
Brady Conrad, 6-3, 220, Gilbert (Ariz.) High

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