2016 Football Recruiting Offers: Defense

Dec. 24 -- We look at whom UCLA has offered on the defensive side of the ball for the 2016 class...

UCLA will likely 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 three-and-out guys that are wrapping up their sophomore seasons.

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, with only receiver a real strength right now (and the Bruins have a commitment at that position from a top 10 national prospect.

UCLA has been pretty aggressive in this class so far, both locally and nationally.

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 but haven't yet been offered.

**Rankings are by position nationally.**

DEFENSIVE END

The pickings are slim out West, with only one truly elite defensive end in the region. That's Brandt, the top defensive player in Southern California, who's been a UCLA fan since he was a child, and UCLA kicked off their 2016 defensive recruiting in a big way with his commitment in October. Betiku is still very new to football and could end up inside. So UCLA is going to have to recruit nationally, which they've really been doing with this unit already.

Breland Brandt, 6-4, 220, Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward, #3- COMMITTED
Shavar Manuel, 6-3.5, 255, Tampa (Fla.) Blake, #1
Erick Fowler, 6-3, 210, Manor (Texas), #18
Josh Brown, 6-3, 215, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek, #19
Malik Barrow, 6-3, 250, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic
Oluwole Betiku, 6-4, 240, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Terrell Hall, 6-5, 225, Washington (D.C.) St. Johns College Prep
Tomon Fox, 6-3, 220, Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill

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

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Defensive tackle isn't much better out West for 2016 at this point, and the only real elite guy in California, Tagaloa, they've already offered and been on pretty aggressively. The good news is that UCLA is doing well early with Tagaloa and he figures to be their top interior prospect on their board.

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, 285, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, #12
David Marshall, 6-4, 270, Thomaston (Ga.) Upson-Lee, #25
Malik Walker, 6-1.5, 260, Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County

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


OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

Kelly is the top prospect in the West overall and, when the Bruins got him on campus for their Bruin Elite Camp, he raved about spending time with Jeff Ulbrich, so that was a good start.  Then Kelly came to the USC game and spent time with another Fresno linebacker product, Eric Kendricks, and that left an even bigger impression. Kelly is UCLA's top outside linebacker target and on their really short list for top overall prospect, but it's going to be a huge recruiting battle for him.

Lyndell Wilson, 6-3, 225, Montgomery (Ala.) Carver, #2
Caleb Kelly, 6-2, 220, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West, #3
Marvin Terry, 6-2, 210, Dallas (Texas) South Oak, #9
Darrian Franklin, 6-1, 205, Downey (Calif.), #11
Maciah Long, 6-2, 200, Galena Park (Texas) North Shore, #20
Camilo Eifler, 6-2, 210, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd, #32
Devin Bush, 6-0, 207, Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Flanagan, #34

MIDDLE LINEBACKER

UCLA was one of Toailoa's first offers and the Bruins are doing very well with him. He was at a number of games this fall and he and Kelly have gotten pretty close.  Juarez, a big athlete in this class, can play a number of positions while UCLA offered him as a linebacker. 

Lokeni Toailoa, 6-2, 225, Rialto (Calif.) Carter, #1
Mique Juarez, 6-2, 210, Torrance (Calif.) North, #5

Others To Watch
Blake Walls, 6-1, 205, Gardena (Calif.) Serra, #15 OLB
Carlo Kemp, 6-2, 220, Boulder (Colo.) Fairview, #16 OLB
Bryce Youngquist, 6-2, 210, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos, #19 OLB
Joel Dublanko, 6-3, 225, Aberdeen (Wash.), #8 MLB
Curtis Robinson, 6-3, 205, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

SAFETY

UCLA plans on offering a number of safeties in this class and is 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.  UCLA is already on the very short list for Thompson, who's the top prospect in Northern California in this class.

Deontay Anderson, 6-1, 192, Manvel (Texas), #2
Eric Monroe, 6-0, 180, Galena Park (Texas) North Shore, #3
Shurod Thompson, 6-1, 185, Pittsburg (Calif.), #4
Brandon Burton, 6-0, 180, Gardena (Calif.) Serra, #6
Max Wariboko, 5-11, 170, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Casady

Others To Watch
Marquel Dismuke, 6-2, 175, Carson (Calif.), #9
D.J. Morgan, 6-3, 185, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, #17
Traveon Beck, 5-10, 170, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, #24

CORNERBACK

UCLA has been even more aggressive recruiting corners, hitting all over the West and down in the South as well. Fuller is the younger brother of UCLA receiver Devin Fuller and Sidney has been UCLA's top target since last year, though he could also be a receiver, and UCLA is recruiting him more as an athlete anyhow. The Bruins offered Parker when they went to see Thompson and it was a big offer for him since the two want to play together in college.

Saivion Smith, 6-2, 185, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, #1
Kristian Fulton, 6-0, 165. Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel, #2
Jared Mayden, 6-0, 190, Sachse (Texas), #3
Levonta Taylor, 5-10, 165, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes, #5
Trevon Sidney, 5-11, 165, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat, #8
Trayvon Mullen, 6-2, 180, Coconut Creek (Fla.), #9
Byron Murphy, 6-1, 180, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro, #10
Jordan Fuller, 6-2, 190, Old Tappan (N.J.), #11
C.J. Morgan, 5-10, 180, Bossier City (La.) Parkway
Jordan Parker, 5-11, 175, Pittsburg (Calif.)
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.), #15
C.J. Pollard, 6-1, 190, Gardena (Calif.) Serra, #22


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