Bruins Big For Brandt

The Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward 2016 linebacker, Breland Brandt, is high on UCLA...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward 2016 linebacker Breland Brandt (6-3, 207), is one of the better two-sport athletes in the region in his class.

An All-CIF basketball player for Windward, it's on the gridiron where more of the attention is coming for Brandt.

Brandt has six offers, five from the Pac-12, including both of the Los Angeles schools.

"Having USC and UCLA offer me, it means a lot," said Brandt. "It showed me my hard work has been paying off and makes me want to work even harder for more offers."

Arizona State was the first to offer Brandt and Cal also joined the mix and this weekend, he'll be in Berkeley to visit Cal unofficially and take in a spring practice.

Notre Dame hasn't offered but they're in frequent contact with him.

"Notre Dame is recruiting me a lot and showing me a lot of interest and they're going to come see me in the spring," said Brandt.

Brandt plans to visit USC and UCLA again unofficially this spring, having already been to Westwood once.

"I went up there for an unofficial visit and loved it," said Brandt. "UCLA was a dream offer for me. That's who I grew up watching. They like me as an outside linebacker like Anthony Barr"

USC offered not long after and it completed the two-for-L.A. for Brandt.

"I didn't even have words for when USC offered me," said Brandt. "I was shocked. That was a big offer for me. Coach (Tee) Martin was who offered me."

Brandt said he doesn't think he's done growing, and defensive end could be in his future down the line, but for now, everyone is recruiting him at linebacker.

"I'm getting recruited strictly as an outside linebacker," said Brandt. "I would love to play outside linebacker because I love to hit, I love to get after it and work hard on defense. My dad is 6-7 and my mom is 6-2, so I think I still have room to grow. I want to get to at least 210, 215 by this year and maybe in another year, be 225-230."

Brandt will balance football and basketball this spring, playing 7v7 for Ground Zero and then AAU for the Compton Magic. But football will be his focus in college.

And his focus won't be on making a decision for quite some time.

"I want to get the full experience, take visits get some more offers and get some more perspective on the schools recruiting me," said Brandt.

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