Football Recruiting Reset: Defense

NOV. 13 -- We look at UCLA's defensive recruiting board with three months until Signing Day...

As we've said in previous Recruiting Resets, initially the thinking was that UCLA football recruiting for 2015 would a bit different than it's been in Jim Mora's first three recruiting classes, since there were seemingly so few scholarships available. Now, however, it looks much more likely that UCLA will take a full class of 22 to 25 players. Perhaps, though, there will be somewhat of a change in the makeup of the class.

In the past under Mora, UCLA just needed talent. The theory was – get the most talented and plug them into a position later. Now, with UCLA having established some defined roles on both offense and defense, it can target recruits for more specific needs. For instance, it's clear that UCLA is pursuing pass rushers, specifically five-technique types of rush defensive ends (think Cassius Marsh). It's also specifically targeting rush outside linebackers (of course, think Anthony Barr). On offense, it's looking for speed and elusiveness at wide receiver and in the slot.

These lists aren't comprehensive, but are comprised of the prospects UCLA has offered that they have a legitimate chance to get, prospects UCLA is fairly close to offering, and those we feel have a good chance to garner a UCLA offer.

In analyzing UCLA's defensive recruiting needs for 2015, the recruiting efforts have gotten more specific at defensive line and linebacker but, interestingly, more general in the secondary. UCLA is targeting specific types of player in the front seven, but looking for the two or three best elite defensive backs who want to jump on board regardless of their specific positioning. Both of these developments come from UCLA having a good amount of talent on all the defensive units and how UCLA's defends against a spread. On the front seven, UCLA is looking to enhance various packages, mostly its pass-rush package. In the secondary, since it uses nickels and dimes and various other looks, UCLA wants versatile prospects who can do it all – be strong in coverage when they line up as a cornerback but also roam the field and move forward against the run as more of a safety type.

This is how it is when UCLA wins – it can be far more selective and pursue such a higher-caliber of prospect.

UCLA has 14 commitments and looks to, like we said, have a class of 22 to 25 on National Signing Day.


Needs at Position: 1-2

As we said, UCLA's recruiting needs have changed for 2015, and gotten more specific than in past years, which they can afford to do since they have a good deal of talent in the program. That impact might be the most felt in defensive line recruiting, where Defensive Line Coach Angus McClure has a strong depth chart and can almost pick and choose the types of DLs he needs to plug into his crew. Defensive tackles are always hard to find, so almost every year any program is in the market for one. This group includes the three-technique, which is the player who lines up on the outside shoulder of the offensive guard. Right now, it appears UCLA would be content with a guy who's either a nose or a three-technique, and would gladly take two if two elite prospects wanted to jump in the both.

Joseph Wicker, 6-4, 275, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Ranking: #231 Overall, #23 DE OFFERED

Wicker had an impressive summer, and garnered a great deal of interest. UCLA was on him, but didn't offer until a couple of games into his senior season when he looked absolutely dominating. A significant development for Wicker was moving from playing mostly defensive end to being more of an inside guy, a three-technique. He's gotten bigger physically and he's very strong, and the type of explosiveness he had at defensive end now is devastating with that size/strength inside. We've heard that when UCLA offered Wicker came close to committing. He's a pretty clear UCLA lean, but will take hius visits. He's been to Arizona State and Texas Tech, and intends to visit Notre Dame, Oklahoma and UCLA. At this point we still think Wicker is still leaning to UCLA. Right now, Wicker is UCLA's #1 target for the interior DL.

Tim Settle, 6-3, 310, Manassas (Virg.) Jackson
Ranking: #65 Overall, #8 DT OFFERED

Settle's dropped a little after he put on some bad weight in the spring and then was just OK at The Opening, but he's still worthy of a Top 100 billing. He had a top 15 in the summer, and the lone West Coast school was UCLA. In August, he said he had trimmed it up a bit, internally, but said four schools were still standing out to him, and UCLA was one of those, saying he'd officially visit UCLA. Since then, whether UCLA is still on the short list -- and the official visit list -- is a bit fuzzy. He has officially visited Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech and will visit Washington State and USC. UCLA has essentially cooled on him, though he's still talked about visting.

Kyon Clark, 6-1, 360, Rialto (Calif.) Carter
Ranking: #90 DT

Clark is the younger brother of current UCLA defensive lineman Kenneth Clark, and attended the UCLA Lineman Camp in June. He's clearly got some weight loss ahead of him, but he has shed some, and for a guy his size he can really move nimbly, to go along with natural strength. Clark recently verbally committed to Montana, which was a bit unexpected, since we had had heard he could wait to see if UCLA and other bigger programs would offer. We still believe that he would reconsider his Montana commitment if UCLA offered.

Dillon Faamatau, 6-3, 280, Norwalk (Calif.)
Ranking: #95 DT

Faamatau has some promise, with a good body and a frame that could easily put on more weight. He's not necessarily an explosive type, but good at holding the line and filling gaps. He has offers from Washington, ASU, Utah and others. Having visited Washington, the Huskies probably lead. Faamatau visited UCLA's practice in San Bernardino. and has been to a couple of UCLA games, and the word is that a UCLA offer would change the dynamic of his recruitment quite a bit, but it's a question of whether UCLA will make it.

Others to Watch:

Gary Baker, 6-3, 280, Upland (Calif.)


Needs at Position: 2

Getting the JC defensive end prospect, Takkarist McKinley, to enroll at UCLA and currently be part of the team (and playing) is an unprecedented development. In terms of the 2015 class, with the two other defensive end types that are verbally committed, the future of UCLA's defensive end positions looks very good. UCLA is still involved with a number of other elite guys and would take one if he wanted to jump in the boat.

Rick Wade, 6-5, 231, Santa Margarita(Calif.)
Ranking: #32 DE COMMITTED

A relative unknown coming into the spring, with just a couple of smaller offers, Wade started to see his stock soar after the NFTC and the evaluation period, and by summer, offers had come in from Boston College, Cal, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. UCLA started to pick it up with him and had him come to the Bruin Elite Camp, where he showed well and, not long after, the Bruins offered. Wade's father, though, attended USC, and USC came in late with an offer, but he was already too far down the road with UCLA. After he took an unofficial visit to the school in late July he committed at the end of the month. He's had a very good senior year, looking pretty beastly, racking up sacks and tackles for loss and looking very athletic. He has very long arms and a great body to naturally put on good weight, and a toughness and nastiness. He recently was moved up to four-star status and the #32 DE in the nation.

Rasheem Green, 6-5, 275, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Ranking: #16 Overall, #4 DE OFFERED

Rasheem is everything that UCLA wants in a defensive line prospect. And he's still relatively raw, with upside off the charts. The Bruins were his first offer, in the spring of 2013, but then every big program jumped on him. UCLA has recruited him doggedly, and he's visited campus, and while there was some sentiment that the Bruins had improved their chances, it's still a USC/Stanford contest, with even Oregon possibly even ahead of the Bruins. UCLA is recruiting Green hard, and Green communicates with the staff regularly. He's been at a couple of UCLA games, so they're not giving up, and Angus McClure and Jim Mora went to see him play in late October.

Tyrone Wheatley, 6-6, 250, Buffalo (New York) Canisius
Ranking: #145 Overall, #16 DE OFFERED

In June, Wheatley narrowed his list to a top five of UCLA, Alabama, USC, Michigan and Miami, and he intends to take official visits to those five. UCLA has been recruiting Wheatley hard for a long time, and he showed interest when he unofficially visited during spring practice. He might want to play tight end in college, and the word is that UCLA wouldn't have a problem with it, especially if they lose Alize Jones. It's going to come down to his official visits, and it's probably a recruitment that won't get decided until winter. USC could be the dark horse here, with his father, former Michigan and NFL running back Tyrone Wheatley, having played with tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo with the Raiders. The controversy at Michigan with its coach Brady Hoke doesn't help his father's alma mater. UCLA Defensive Line Coach Angus McClure will head to Michigan to see Wheatley this weekend, and the most recent word on the recruitment is that UCLA has a legit chance.

Tyrone Wheatley
Benning Potoae, 6-4, 265, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes
Ranking: #194 Overall, #20 DE OFFERED

UCLA offered Potoae early, and has continued to stay on his short list. Potoae told us that his top three are Oregon State, UCLA and Washington. Some people close to him are encouraging him to start his own path and play outside the state. His brother, Sione, played at Washington, so the Huskies have long been a factor, but UCLA has been on him for some time and Mike Tuiasosopo, who has ties to the area (he played in college 10 minutes from the Lakes campus), has continued to pursue him. Potoae is a motor guy, and combines perfect size and agility for defensive end in UCLA's 3-4. Despite some higher-ranked players at the position, Potoae is a very realistic get and is the type of player with the character to ultimately be a better college player than many of those ranked over him. He does have some work to do in the classroom, but its not a longshot for him and UCLA would love to get him in on a visit.

CeCe Jefferson, 6-3, 258, Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker County.
Ranking: #5 Overall, #2 DE OFFERED

Jefferson had long talked about taking an official visit to UCLA, and it is set to happen next weekend when the Bruins host USC. Still, it's highly unlikely that he's leaving the South for college, with Florida the heavy leader, though Alabama is also pushing for him. Visiting UCLA is notable, but it's unlikely any school outside the South has a chance. He's visited Ole Miss and Alabama and he will also visit Cincinnati in December. He also has spent a great deal of time at Florida, so they're the likely team to beat.


Needs at Position: 1-2

With the departure of Anthony Barr, and through the first third of the 2015 season, it's clear UCLA is missing a really big-time pass-rushing linebacker on its depth chart. If there's an element to this year's team that you would say the team lacks, that would be it. UCLA has to want to upgrade its pass-rushing, and it has the Anthony Barr position/role to sell (in fact, other programs are selling the Anthony Barr-type role to recruits). It's a case that if UCLA was able to get more than one elite prospect of this type it would definitely take them.

Cassius Peat, 6-4, 235, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol
Ranking: #130 Overall, #15 DE COMMITTED

UCLA's most recent commitment, Peat is similar to Barr in size and playing style, being more of a stand-up defensive end most of the time. He's one of the best pass rushers in the west, and had many programs pursuing him. Peat named his top six in July, which was Arizona State, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M and UCLA. He was planning to take all five official visits but after his official visit to UCLA, he announced before he even left Westwood he'd be announcing the next day. And the day after he returned home to Arizona, he committed to the Bruins, giving UCLA another versatile pass-rusher.

Keisean Lucier-South, 6-5, 220, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Ranking: #32 Overall, #5 OLB OFFERED

UCLA has long been at the top of Lucier-South's list. He has gone from emphatically saying UCLA was his leader, to saying they're one of his leaders, but we're still hearing the Bruins are doing extremely well with him. He's been at a number of UCLA games this year and will be at the USC game unofficially before starting his official visit with the Stanford game. Lucier-South has visited Oklahoma and Oregon officially as well as Michigan, which was his childhood favorite, but could be dealing with a coaching change this fall. USC is also back in the mix for him and could get an official visit from Lucier-South. We still think UCLA is the team to beat for Lucier-South and would be pretty surprised if he ended up elsewhere.

Malik Jefferson
Malik Jefferson, 6-3, 220, Mesquite (Tex.) Poteet
Ranking: #2 Overall, #1 Outside Linebacker OFFERED

While Jefferson could be a longshot to leave Texas, UCLA continues to be a factor in his recruitment and he'll visit UCLA Thanksgiving weekend when they host Stanford. He was supposed to visit Stanford next weekend and he's previously visited LSU and Ohio State. Texas and Texas A&M continue to have a say in his recruitment, but the Bruins are trying. Adrian Klemm was at a September game when the Bruins played Texas and they're recruiting his teammate and good friend DeAndre McNeal, who'll visit with him. He'll likely make his decision at the end of December and UCLA is hoping that their visit weekend gives them a good shot.

Jeff Holland, 6-3, 230, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian
Ranking: #80 Overall, #7 OLB OFFERED

Holland is a pass rusher with a great motor who loves to hit people. He named his top six earlier this fall and it included the Bruins along with Florida, Auburn, USC, South Carolina and Florida State. His friend and high school teammate, Victor Alexander, is committed to UCLA, so he'll help in Holland's recruitment, and Holland has said a couple of times he would like to leave Florida for college. He plans to visit UCLA with Alexander for the USC game, and that will be a key trip in his recruitment. In fact, Holland told Scout that UCLA is right there with Florida and Auburn, the longtime leaders so a good trip could go a long way for Holland. He'll play in the UnderArmour All-America Game and will likely make his decision then.


Needs at Position: 2-3

In a 3-4 defense you need a good amount of linebackers, so UCLA will probably always be looking for at least 2 linebackers every year, other than the Anthony Barr-type pass-rushing linebacker. These are guys that could plug in 1) on the outside, in the Myles Jack role – the athletic guy who not only pass rushes but is capable of dropping into coverage, and 2) at the two inside spots.

Josh Woods, 6-2, 210, Upland (Calif.)
Ranking: #254 Overall, #21 OLB COMMITTED

Woods missed all of his junior year after transferring to Upland from Victorville, so he did every camp, combine and 7v7 imaginable this summer and showed what kind of prospect he is. One of those camps was the Bruin Elite Camp, where he looked very good and put himself high on the Bruins recruiting board. He said then that UCLA told him they wanted to see the first couple of games his senior year before they offered, but then in late July, they decided they didn't need to wait and offered Woods. After spending an hour thinking about it, Woods committed to UCLA. He grew up a USC fan but specifically said watching Jim Mora and UCLA the past two years he started to like the Bruins more. So far in his senior season he's looked like a very good get for UCLA, showing off some considerable athleticism -- and also as a tailback on offense. And he's also seen it boost his overall ranking, moving in to the Scout 300 and up to a four-star. Woods visited Washington State with two teammates committed to the Cougars, but said he's uncertain if he'll end up taking any more official visits. He said, though, despite the visits, he's solid to the Bruins. Woods has been at just about every home game this year and will be at the USC game next weekend.

Victor Alexander, 5-10, 225, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian
Ranking: #24 MLB COMMITTED

Alexander committed to the Bruins really early and he's still yet to visit Westwood. That will change, though, when he takes his official visit next weekend, along with a host of other UCLA targets at Trinity Christian Academy. This fall, Alexander has gotten a lot of attention from Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Utah, and the two ACC schools are a real threat for Alexander. However, with him yet to take a visit, and still staying committed, the Bruins have a chance to seal the deal on his visit, especially if a teammate or two decides to join the mix.

Osa Masina
Osa Masina, 6-4, 210, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton
Ranking: #22 Overall, #2 OLB OFFERED

Masina is the top prospect to come from Utah since Haloti Ngata in the 2002 class and every one in the country wants him. He visited UCLA officially for the Utah game (his brother plays for the Utes), and the visit went extremely well for Masina. He's also visited Arizona State officially and will wrap up his visit run at the end of November when he trips to USC. Its essentially down to those three schools, and UCLA is very much a candidate to get him. In fact, some people feel the Bruins are the favorites to land him, but USC will get the last shot at him from a visit standpoint.

Roquan Smith, 6-1, 207, Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County
Ranking: #66 Overall, #2 MLB OFFERED

With Smith, picture a more athletic Eric Kendricks. He recenlty said Florida, Georgia and UCLA are the three that have already made the cut. The Bruins got a visit from him during the summer and are in line to get an official visit too -- along with Florida, Georgia and he'll decide on the other visits from LSU, Ole Miss and USC. He will take all five after the season and then announce his decision on signing day. The Bruins have long been a factor for him and if he decides to leave the South, which we've heard more and more he's legitimately open to, that could bode well for the Bruins.

Kyahva Tezino, 6-0.5, 200, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian
Ranking: #256 Overall, #23 OLB OFFERED

Tezino is interesting. He's undersized for a linebacker, and doesn't have a great body, but he's a guy who makes plays. UCLA offered early on, but we don't think they've been recruiting him aggressively for several months. He did list UCLA among his favorites, along with Arizona, who probably leads and where three of his teammates signed last year, as well as Arizona State and Miami.


Needs at Position: 4+

Other programs have used UCLA's young and talented depth chart against them in recruiting 2015 defensive backs. UCLA does look pretty good in terms of the future of its secondary, but it's not as deep as it necessarily looks, with the future of some injured guys questionable. In fact, it looked like UCLA, a few months ago would just take two DBs, but it now could take four or more. UCLA's Defensive Backs Coach Demetrice Martin is looking for the best guys available, regardless of their position – and looking for versatile guys who can fulfill different roles. We've seen so far this season how versatile DBs like Anthony Jefferson and Ishmael Adams can add dimension and depth to a secondary. With two committed, it's safe to assume if UCLA could add 2 or 3 elite guys it wouldn't hesitate.

Stephen Johnson, 5-11, 185, San Leandro (Calif.)
Ranking: #212 Overall, #28 CB COMMITTED

Johnson committed to UCLA at The Opening, putting the cap on a terrific off-season that saw his stock go through the roof. Johnson chose the Bruins over Oregon, with UCLA recruiting him as an athlete -- either a receiver or cornerback, but we think he ends up at corner and he told us a couple weeks ago that UCLA is talking more and more with him about playing corner. He has excellent speed, running a 4.41 at the Oakland NFTC, and is a very smooth, natural athlete. He could still end up as the speedy slot guy in UCLA's offense, but the more we've seen of him we think he'll project as a corner. He's missed the majority of his senior year with a broken foot, but it's not a longterm injury that should sideline him. Several schools are still recruiting Johnson and trying to get him to take an official visit, but he's made it clear that he's not planning to take any official visits and he's 100% solid to the Bruins.

William Lockett, 6-0, 182, Manvel (Tex.)
Ranking: #69 CB COMMITTED

Lockett emerged in the offseason and garnered offers from UCLA, Michigan State, Missouri, Maryland and more. He has good size, and good speed, to go along with good cover skills. He camped at UCLA, and the word was that, as a result of his unofficial visit, UCLA had emerged as the leader. While he didn't commit right after the time in Westwood, he ultimately did in August. He's having a big senior season for an unbeaten Manvel team and now more schools are coming after him, including Oklahoma, which had him in for an official visit last weekend. The Sooners made a decent move for him, but we've heard he still is solid to the Bruins and likes the idea of going to California for college.

Dechaun Holiday, 6-2, 190, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills
Ranking: #92 Overall, #10 CB OFFERED

Holiday has been one of UCLA's primary targets for most of the recruiting process and he came up from San Diego to San Bernardino to watch the Bruins practice and has been to a couple of games. If there was one uncommitted target for the Bruins we feel the most comfortable in saying will sign with UCLA, its Holiday. He's been high on their board for a year, and he's always talked glowingly about UCLA. He and Demetrice Martin have a great relationship, and with Martin and Mora coveting position versatility, Holiday has that. He's not taken any official visits, but UCLA is the one school he said for sure will get one. He could announce at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Iman Marshall, 6-1, 190, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Ranking: #11 Overall, #2 CB OFFERED

Marshall's recruitment will be one of the most fascinating ones to watch through Signing Day. Most feel he's headed to USC, the childhood favorite, and there is good reason to think that is the case, but Jim Mora has also been personally recruiting him and he does have a good relationship with Mora and Demetrice Martin, while spending a lot of time on the UCLA campus. Privately there have been times when there have been indications he, indeed, is destined for USC, but other times we've heard he's legitimately displayed a favoring of UCLA. He's worn UCLA gloves in games, been to a number of Bruin games, and will tweet or instagram 'Four's Up'. Still, we'd be stunned if he ended up anywhere but USC.

Kevin Toliver, 6-1, 193, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian
Ranking: #13 Overall, #3 CB OFFERED

Toliver is one of the elite cornerback prospects in the country and he's verbally committed to LSU. He'll almost certainly go there, but he has said that, if there's a school that could sway him away from LSU, it's UCLA. He'll officially visit UCLA with his Trinity Christian teammates, Victor Alexander, Jeff Holland and Ben Edwards, next weekend for the USC game.

Ben Edwards, 6-0, 195, Jacksonville (Calif.) Trinity Christian Academy.
Ranking: #46 S OFFERED

Edwards has been committed to both Ohio State and Auburn, but is open again. The recent word is that UCLA has a legitimate shot with him, but its a matter of how much UCLA wants him, and right now, he's still a secondary target. He will officially visit UCLA with his teammates for the USC game. The schools he's visited North Carolina and Stanford officially and will visit Miami this weekend before he heads to California next weekend. He's also supposed to visit Notre Dame at some point.

Holton Hill, 6-3, 180, Houston (Tex.) Lamar
Ranking: #112 Overall, #14 CB OFFERED

UCLA just offered Hill this fall, and it's completely unknown if the Bruins have a chance with him, but we've heard that Demetrice Martin will be heading down to Texas this weekend to see him. He recently released a top eight of Florida State, Baylor, Texas A&M, LSU, Oregon, Texas, Ole Miss and Alabama, so that's a tough list to crack, plus we've heard he's not likely to leave Texas.

Nathan Meadors, 6-2, 180, San Bernardino (Calif.) San Gorgonio
Ranking: NR at Safety OFFERED

Meadors is a new name to the list and he was at the Arizona game (his second game of the year) and the Bruins could be close to offering him. Meadors currently has offers from Boise State, Nevada, UC Davis and Washington and has been talking more with UCLA, Arizona State, Utah, Colorado and USC. He'll officially visit Boise State this weekend. He told Scout this week that a UCLA offer, though, would be tough to turn down and he's been talking to Demetrice Martin consistently.

Octavius Spencer, 6-1.5, 170, Monrovia (Calif.)
Ranking: NR at CB OFFERED

Another new name to the list, Spencer is another player that Martin has been watching and he told Scout this week that both Oregon and UCLA are keeping in contact with and will visit him this week on their bye weeks. Spencer's lone offer is from Sacramento State, but watching his film, you can certainly see a Pac-12 caliber athlete. He can play either receiver or corner and he reminds us of Mossi Johnson, who was also a late bloomer and didn't really emerge until his senior year. Spencer could ultimately end up with an offer from the Bruins and a commitment after wouldn't be a surprise.


These are the guys that UCLA is showing serious interest in, but it would really be a reach to put them into any positional category at this point.

DeAndre McNeal, 6-2, 210, Mesquite (Tex.) Poteet
Ranking: #29 OLB OFFERED

UCLA has been recruiting him since summer and he's been responsive. He actually unofficially visited in June and, from sources close to the recruitment, was very impressed. He's been recruited by schools as a linebacker, receiver and a safety, which is where UCLA told him they project him. Adrian Klemm went to see McNeal play in September when the Bruins played Texas in Arlington and he was at Jerry's World the next night for the Bruins win. McNeal will visit UCLA for the Stanford game, along with his teammate Malik Jefferson, and UCLA would certainly take the package deal. He's already visited Texas and Texas A&M and he'll visit Miami in December.

Deandre McNeal
Ykili Ross, 6-1, 195, Riverside (Calif.) Poly
Ranking: #168 Overall, #21 CB OFFERED

Its looking less and less likely that Ross will end up at UCLA, with USC the team to beat for him locally. UCLA has invited him to games and went to see him play, but seems to be falling back, with his family big USC fans. The cooling from Ross could explain why UCLA is looking at other defensive backs now. If he wanted to visit, they'd probably still have him trip, but that's unlikely at this point.

Taeon Mason, 6-0, 170, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir
Ranking: #44 WR

Mason is committed to USC, but UCLA has been recruiting him since last summer. It's uncertain where he would project in college, being raw on both sides of the ball, but Mason has exceptional speed, and it's thought he'd plug in as a slot receiver the best. UCLA assistant coach Martin is from Pasadena Muir so he has some connections into Mason. We're hearing that Mason is still a bit open, and is considering UCLA, Notre Dame, ASU and others, and wants to take official visits. There was some talk this summer that he was actually considering himself a de-commit from USC and wide open, but he shot down that idea. Still, he did say that he'll continue to be recruited, and said in August that UCLA is recruiting him the hardest. Arizona State and Notre Dame are also pursuing Mason. UCLA could bring him in as a receiver, corner or safety if he continues to get bigger.

JayJay Wilson, 6-3, 228, Valencia (Calif.)
Ranking: #41 OLB

Wilson is an intriguing prospect who looked good at UCLA's 7v7 tournament. He can play a number of positions and UCLA could ultimately decide to pursue him in the same role that Nate Iese plays. He does like the two local schools, though neither have offered, and while he's had a great senior year, at times being a one-man team, he's got some work to do academically, which has slowed down his recruitment quite a bit.

Other to Watch:

Colin Samuel, 6-2, 175, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Ranking: #84 CB
Cameron Haney, 5-11, 170, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral
Ranking: #99 CB

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