Dream Offer for 2016 Prospect

The 2016 linebacker from Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward got a dream offer this week after taking an unofficial visit...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward 2016 linebacker Breland Brandt (6-4, 210), made a short drive up to UCLA on Wednesday.

Brandt had been there several times before, for basketball and track, but his first visit as a football recruit allowed him a chance to see the campus and talk with the Bruin coaches.

The conversation then turned in the direction Brandt was hoping it would, but not how he was expecting it would.

"I was talking to Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich, Coach (Adrian) Klemm and Courtney Morgan and then I started talking to Coach (Jim) Mora," said Brandt. "Coach Mora offered me. I knew they were very interested but I had no idea that they would offer. The offer from UCLA was huge. Especially since it's my dream school."

Brandt had been to Drake Stadium and Pauley Pavilion in the past, but his unofficial took him around the school.

"I had a great time there being around the campus and talking with the coaches," said Brandt. "I worked out there a lot when I was younger for track, but had never really done anything major and have never seen the whole entire campus. So we toured the whole school."

Likely an outside linebacker, Brandt said that was where the Bruin coaches talked about him playing.

"Right now they like me as an outside linebacker," said Brandt. "I mostly talked with their defensive coaches about where they see me on the field. They see me as kind of that hybrid, coming off the edge and dropping outside linebacker. Like Anthony Barr. I would get to do what I love to do and that's hitting."

With just less than two years until he can decide, Brandt sees no rush needed to make a decision.

"I have no plans on committing any time soon," said Brandt. "I want to get the full experience and weigh out my options. I want to make sure that when the time comes, I'll make the right decision."

The offer from the Bruins joined offers from Arizona State, Cal and San Diego State. Colorado offered on Thursday.

Other schools have been in contact too.

"USC has showed some interest, Ohio State and I've heard a little from Notre Dame," said Brandt.

Brandt said he plans to camp with the Bruins this summer as well as with USC and the Los Angeles NFTC next month.

"And I will be doing 7on7 this summer some but it's a little hard because I play AAU basketball for the Compton Magic," said Brandt.

Which has Brandt thinking about the possibility of playing two sports in college.

"I've been thinking about it a lot and I think that I will probably play football in college," said Brandt. "I love basketball, I've been playing it since I was young. But I really, really enjoy football and just think there are more opportunities in that sport."

Academically, Brandt has a 3.0 and has taken the PSAT and will take the SAT next year when he's a junior.


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