Early Reset 2015: Defense

With the focus shifting to the 2015 class coming in just six weeks, we reset who UCLA has offered on defense in the early going...

UCLA should have a very limited amount of scholarships to give in 2015, with only a handful of current juniors. UCLA will have to be considerably more selective for 2015, while having to find some scholarships here and there.

Here's a breakdown of scholarships available for 2015.

UCLA will want to find a good amount of rides, since the 2015 class is not just 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.  And Others to Watch includes prospects we know are high on their board.

**Rankings are by position nationally.**

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. 

Keisean Lucier-South, 6-4, 220, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran, #2
Rasheem Green, 6-5, 270, Gardena (Calif.) Serra, #5
Canton Kaumatule, 6-6, 260, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou, #3
CeCe Jefferson, 6-3, 265, Glen Saint Mary (Fla.) Baker County, #1
Darian Roseboro, 6-5, 265, Lincolnton (N.C.), #22
Tyrone Wheatley, 6-6, 240, Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius, #15
Josh Sweat, 6-4, 230, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith, #7
Arden Key, 6-4, 215, Lithonia (Ga.) King, #23
LaSamuel Davis, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg Erhardt

Others To Watch
Breiden Fehoko, 6-3, 275, Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington, #11
Kahlil McKenzie, 6-3, 240, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, #19
Joseph Wicker, 6-4, 255, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, #20

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  He committed to Washington and the previous staff, but if Tosh Lupoi leaves as expected, he'll likely open things up. Jefferson visited in June unofficially and UCLA would love to get him back out.

Jacob Daniel, 6-4, 298, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North, #6
Thomas Toki, 6-1, 285, Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita, #16
Tim Settle, 6-3, 307 Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson, #1

Others To Watch
Vaimoe Sekona, 6-3, 280, Encino (Calif.) Crespi, #21


OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

Houston is the top linebacker 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.  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, #3
Kyahva Tezino, 6-1, 200, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian, #9
Osa Masina, 6-4, 205, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton, #6
Jeffery Holland, 6-2, 230, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy, #4
Arthur McGinnis, 6-2.5, 215, New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton, #24
Ricky DeBerry, 6-2, 235, Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's, #2
Johnathan Sutton, 6-1, 218, Swansea (S.C.), #13

MIDDLE LINEBACKERS

Alexander was somewhat of an unknown when UCLA offered him and then took his commitment, but his film helped calm some questions.  Smith has racked up nearly 350 tackles the past two seasons at Granite Bay and is one of UCLA's top defensive targets.

Victor Alexander, 5-10, 220, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy- #13 COMMITTED
Cameron Smith, 6-2, 247, Granite Bay (Calif.), #1
Roquan Smith, 6-1, 200, Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County, #5

Others Linebackers To Watch
Jack Savage, 6-2, 200, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Mustafa Branch, 6-0, 215, Bellevue (Wash.)
Matt Locher, 6-3, 245, Los Alamitos (Calif.), #14

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, #1
Frank Buncom, 6-1, 180, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine, #9
Hunter Dale, 6-0, 185, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian, #33
Deshawn Capers-Smith, 6-0.5, 185, New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton
Ben Edwards, 6-0, 195, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy

Others To Watch
Kameron Powell, 5-10, 175, Upland (Calif.), #15

CORNERBACKS

UCLA offered Marshall almost two years 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. 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 camp, 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, #4
Kanya Bell, 6-0, 160, Diamond Bar (Calif.), #9
Stanley Norman, 5-10, 165, Culver City (Calif.), #6
Dechaun Holiday, 6-2, 190, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills, #24
Rico McGraw, 6-1, 190, Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth, #12
Tyrek Cole, 5-10, 165, Miramar (Fla.), #14
Xavier Lewis, 6-0, 180, Reserve (La.) East Saint John, #18
Maurice Smitherman, 5-11, 170, Adamsville (Ala.) Minor, #37
Rashard Causey, 6-0, 193, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University, #45
Deontei Williams, 6-1.5, 175, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy
Kevin Toliver, 6-2, 180, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy, #1 (LSU commit)

Others To Watch
Dominic Davis, 5-10, 175, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany
Colin Samuel, 6-2, 175, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOX Sports, 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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