Early Look 2016: Offers on Defense

An early look at the prospects on defense UCLA has offered for 2016...

UCLA should have more scholarships to give in 2016, but with the 2015 class potentially being bigger than anticipated, that could spill over in to the next class. 

Still, there will be a lot more scholarships opening up following the 2015 season, and maybe even more with some of the potential 3-and-out guys that will be sophomores this fall.

The 2016 class, particularly out West, will be strong again, just a notch below the 2015 class but ahead of some other recent classes, however, it's mostly on the defensive side of the ball

Still, UCLA is already aggressive in this class.

NOTE: This list is just 2016 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

The pickings are slim out West, with only one truly elite defensive end in the region, and it's someone who could end up being an outside linebacker too. But he's the top defensive player in Southern California in Brandt, and he's been a UCLA fan since he was a child, and the Bruins are doing well with him.

Shavar Manuel, 6-3.5, 255, Tampa (Fla.) Blake, #1
Breland Brandt, 6-4, 220, Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward, #3
Erick Fowler, 6-3, 210, Manor (Texas), #18
Josh Brown, 6-3, 215, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek, #2
Tomon Fox, 6-3, 220, Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill, #2

Others To Watch
Justin Madubuike, 6-4, 240, McKinney (Texas) North, #12
Zach Gilbert, 6-3, 250, Charlotte (N.C.) South Mecklenburg, #2

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

Defensive tackle isn't much better out West at this point, and the only real elite guy in California, they've already offered in Tagaloa. But like with the offensive lineman, expect more to emerge this season.

Ed Oliver, 6-2, 285, Houston (Texas) Westfield, #4
Mike Williams, 6-3, 270, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal, #9
Boss Tagaloa, 6-3, 250, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, #13
Malik Walker, 6-1.5, 260, Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County

Others To Watch
Darius Anderson, 6-1, 295, Sugar Land (Texas) Hightower


OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

Kelly is the top prospect in the West and the Bruins got him on campus for their Bruin Elite Camp and he raved about spending time with Jeff Ulbrich, so that's a good start.  There aren't many outside linebackers yet out West, but expect more to blossom over the course of the next season.

Lyndell Wilson, 6-3, 225, Montgomery (Ala.) Carver, #2
Caleb Kelly, 6-2, 220, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West, #3
Darrian Franklin, 6-1, 205, Downey (Calif.), #8
Marvin Terry, 6-2, 210, Dallas (Texas) South Oak, #10
Maciah Long, 6-2, 200, Galena Park (Texas) North Shore
Devin Bush, 6-0, 207, Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Flanagan

MIDDLE LINEBACKERS

UCLA was one of Toailoa's first offers and it will likely be a UCLA-USC battle for him, but he's been giving the Bruins a lot of attention and love throughout.  Juarez can play a number of positions, and is a big athlete in this class but UCLA offered him as a linebacker. 

Lokeni Toailoa, 6-2, 225, Rialto (Calif.) Carter, #1
Mique Juarez, 6-2, 210, Torrance (Calif.) North

Others Linebackers To Watch
Blake Walls, 6-1, 205, Gardena (Calif.) Serra, #11 OLB
Carlo Kemp, 6-2, 220, Boulder (Colo.) Fairview, #13 OLB
Bryce Youngquist, 6-2, 210, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos, #19 OLB
Joel Dublanko, 6-3, 225, Aberdeen (Wash.), #5 MLB
Devin White, 6-2, 223, Springhill (La.) North Webster, #6 MLB

SAFETIES

UCLA is offering a number of safeties in this class and hitting the Midlands hard, with a couple of top five guys in Texas getting offers while they're also after the top two in California.  There are a slew of second-tier but Scout 300 safeties that UCLA will watch closely this fall.

Brandon Burton, 6-0, 180, Gardena (Calif.) Serra, #2
Deontay Anderson, 6-1, 192, Manvel (Texas), #3
Eric Monroe, 6-0, 180, Galena Park (Texas) North Shore, #5
Shurod Thompson, 6-1, 185, Pittsburg (Calif.), #6
Trayvon Mullen, 6-2, 180, Coconut Creek (Fla.)
Max Wariboko, 5-, 170, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Casady

Others To Watch
Marquel Dismuke, 6-2, 175, Carson (Calif.), #10
Micah Croom, 6-0, 175, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, #15
D.J. Morgan, 6-3, 185, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, #16
Traveon Beck, 5-10, 170, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, #21
Chacho Ulloa, 6-0, 190, Corona (Calif.) Centennial

CORNERBACKS

They've been even more aggressive recruiting corners, hitting all over the West and down in the South as well. Fuller is the younger brother of Devin Fuller and Sidney has been UCLA's top target since last year, though he could also be an elite receiver, and UCLA is recruiting him more as an athlete anyhow.

Kristian Fulton, 6-0, 165. Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel, #1
Trevon Sidney, 5-11, 165, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat, #2
Jared Mayden, 6-0, 190, Sachse (Texas), #3
Levonta Taylor, 5-10, 165, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes, #4
Jordan Fuller, 6-2, 190, Old Tappan (N.J.), #9
Saivion Smith, 6-2, 185, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, #10
C.J. Morgan, 5-10, 180, Bossier City (La.) Parkway
Byron Murphy, 6-1, 180, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
Malek Young, 5-10, 173, Coconut Creek (Fla.)
Bailey Phillips, 5-7, 165, Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite (Tennessee commit)

Others To Watch
Treyjohn Butler, 5-10, 185, Etiwanda (Calif.), #11
C.J. Pollard, 6-1, 190, Gardena (Calif.) Serra, #17
Malik Antoine, 5-10.4, 175, Baton Rouge (La.) University
 


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