Brandt Focusing On Football

The Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward four-star linebacker, Breland Brandt, will camp with UCLA this month after giving up AAU basketball to focus on football...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward 2016 linebacker Breland Brandt (6-4, 211), has been playing basketball for as long as he can remember.

But the four-star knew that football would take him further, so after years of playing AAU basketball, Brandt made the decision to hang up his sneakers in the summer and focus on football.

He'll still play basketball for Windward, but his priority will be on the gridiron.

Already, Brandt has offers from UCLA, USC, Utah, San Diego State, Washington, Miami, Cal, Arizona State and Colorado.

"I'd say probably Colorado, UCLA and USC are recruiting me the hardest," said Brandt. "They all came by during the spring. San Diego State, Washington and Utah also came by too."

Brandt made his way to both of the Los Angeles schools during the spring.

"I went up to UCLA and had a really good time there. I watched a couple of spring practices and they really were intense and got after it," said Brandt. "The coaches are really cool and I talk to Coach (Jim) Mora a lot. Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich came by the school too in the spring and watched us during out spring football period. He and Coach (Adrian) Klemm are recruiting me the most from UCLA."

He also spent time across town.

"I thought their practices were great and really intense," said Brandt. "I talked with a lot of the coaches and had a great time. Coach (Tee) Martin and Coach (Tim) Drevno came by during the spring too."

While both the L.A. schools are already focusing on him, Brandt said he doesn't feel any pressure to stay close to home.

"There really is no pressure for me," said Brandt. "I'm just looking for a place to feel comfortable."

Brandt wasted no time in turning his attention to football, traveling out to Tuscaloosa this week to camp at Alabama.

"Alabama is recruiting me pretty hard and I think they could be close to offering," said Brandt. "Coach Tosh (Lupoi) has been the one I've talked with and told me to come out. Alabama is amazing. It truly is the best of the best. I got to speak with Coach (Nick) Saban a little my first day."

Brandt said Notre Dame could also be close to offering.

Each of Brandt's offers are as an outside linebacker and he'll work at the UCLA and USC camps at linebacker this month.

"It's been kind of nice not playing AAU, it's not as stressful," said Brandt. "My schedule is a lot less busy and I can do some football camps now that I've committed to the one sport."

Bruin Report Online Top Stories