Early Look 2015: Offers on Defense

We take an early look at the prospects on defense UCLA has offered for 2015, in what should be a strong class locally and nationally, especially at quarterback...

The 2015 class will not just be strong nationally, but it may be one of the best classes locally in several years.  The defensive line, long a weakness in the West, should be pretty deep and the secondary will once again be prime for the picking in the region.

NOTE: This list is just 2015 prospects we know that UCLA has offered.  Later this month, we'll go more in-depth with some other 2015 prospects they are recruiting.

DEFENSIVE ENDS

Kaumatule is the top player in Hawaii and one of the elite players nationally, though he has a brother at Stanford.  Green is raw but has ridiculous upside and UCLA offered him before schools like USC and Florida offered.  Lucier-South plays defensive end but worked at outside linebacker at UCLA's Elite Camp and looked pretty good there.

Canton Kaumatule, 6-6, 260, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou
Rasheem Green, 6-5, 270, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Keisean Lucier-South, 6-4, 220, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Russell Ude, 6-3, 245, Atlanta (Ga.) Westminster
Arden Key, 6-4, 215, Lithonia (Ga.) King
LaSamuel Davis, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg Erhardt

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

The Bruins have already offered two Western defensive tackles and Daniel will be one of the elite tackle prospects nationally and he's already the best defensive prospects in the Central Valley regardless of class. Jefferson visited in June unofficially and UCLA would love to get him back out.

Jacob Daniel, 6-4, 298, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North
Thomas Toki, 6-1, 285, Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita
CeCe Jefferson, 6-3, 265, Glen Saint Mary (Fla.) Baker County
Tim Settle, 6-3, 307 Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

Houston is the top defensive prospect in the region for the 2015 class and may be the best linebacker in the West already, regardless of class.  UCLA was his first offer and then several other national powers got involved so UCLA has an early advantage and would like to bring in some of his teammates this year to stay out front.  Tezino comes from the Salesian program where there has been some issues with UCLA, but the Bruins want him and will continue to recruit him heavily.  Masina is the top prospect in Utah and he's got definite interest in the Bruins.

John Houston, 6-3, 200, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Kyahva Tezino, 6-1, 200, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian
Osa Masina, 6-4, 205, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton
Arthur McGinnis, 6-2.5, 215, New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton
Ricky DeBerry, 6-2, 235, Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's
Johnathan Sutton, 6-1, 218, Swansea (S.C.)

MIDDLE LINEBACKERS

Smith helped Granite Bay win the state title as a sophomore with nearly 200 tackles and was excellent at both the Los Angeles NFTC and Oakland NFTC.  He was offered by UCLA in the spring and had both Angus McClure and Jeff Ulbrich stop by his school at separate times.  He's clearly UCLA's top middle linebacker prospect.

Cameron Smith, 6-2, 247, Granite Bay (Calif.)
Roquan Smith, 6-1, 200, Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County

SAFETIES

Tell is the top safety in the West and may be the best pure safety in the region right now.  He played alongside UCLA freshman Tyler Foreman as a sophomore and as good as Foreman was, Tell is thought to be one of the best players to come from Crespi in years and the Bruins got on him early.  Buncom was offered by UCLA early as well and he looked very good at UCLA's Elite Camp too.

Marvell Tell, 6-2, 175, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Frank Buncom, 6-1, 180, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine
Rico McGraw, 6-1, 190, Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth

CORNERBACKS

UCLA offered Marshall a year ago when he was finishing up his freshman year and he's the premier defensive back in the region in the 2015 class.  He plays corner now but could end up at safety in college.  He came to UCLA's Elite Camp to watch but his competitive juices ended up having him work out at receiver.  One of four sophomores invited to The Opening.  Bell was another who got an early offer from UCLA and he can play on either side of the ball.  Norman got an offer from UCLA offer, one he called a "dream offer" and he was terrific at UCLA's Elite Camp in June, working mostly as a receiver, but he clearly projects to cornerback, where he's an elite prospect with offers from all over already.

Iman Marshall, 6-1.5, 190, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Kanya Bell, 6-0, 160, Diamond Bar (Calif.)
Stanley Norman, 5-10, 165, Culver City (Calif.)
Rashard Causey, 6-0, 193, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University
Tyrek Cole, 5-10, 165, Miramar (Fla.)

 

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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